VIP Express has been in the business of sparklizing autos since 1968. During each of two 20- to 30-minute detailing sessions, an exterior wash and hand-spray waxing give steel steeds a bodily shine to reflect back the jealous looks of dingy mopeds and besmirched dune buggies. Inside-and-out window polishing invites second-guessing about glass's existence, and scrubbed wheels and rims outfit each car with fancy new footwear. Inside the car, a vacuum picks up finely aged potato-chip crumbs, and shampooed floor mats and conditioned consoles provide a pristine ridescape for lengthy road trips and quick treks to the taxidermist.
The ASE-certified technicians at Auto Plus understand that an unexpected car malfunction can put a damper on a client's day. To ease car-created stresses, technicians begin services with upfront pricing and a free inspection for any auto brought in. The company's free shuttle service ferries clients to and from the repair center while their cars are busy with the technicians, and free loaner cars await drivers whose carriages need multiday extended work. Additionally, the shop carries a range of tires, holds Saturday hours for busy clients, offers local towing services, and translates favorite quotes into engine noises free of charge.
Since Dr. Julie Klarich has 35 years of field experience, she's had time to develop a repertoire that draws from chiropractic, naprapathy, Chinese medicine, and massage treatments. Under her direction, the licensed massage therapists at Ability HealthCare soothe physical aches, mental stress, and funny bones that aren't in the mood to laugh with a variety of therapeutic and relaxing bodywork techniques. Dr. Klarich's staff also targets digestive complaints, headaches, and menopause with a holistic approach that relies on herbal remedies, which clients can purchase from the in-house store.
Chicagoland Tire ensures cars are equipped with the proper wheels, be it for work, play, or toting the family safely around the city. The shop carries the industry's top brands, from Goodyear and Bridgestone to BF Goodrich and Michelin. But the technicians here do more than just service tires. They also repair starters, alternators, and fuel pumps, and provide general maintenance, such as by changing oil or checking to see why the Check Engine light has suddenly changed to Feed Engine Oreos.
The charming chauffeurs at American Coach Limousine direct well-appointed chariots to transport travelers from the airport to business conferences, from prom to the after-party, and anywhere in between. Whether you’re alone and seeking a solitary cruise or an agent for clowns that misplaced their funny car, the fleet harbors sedans, stretch limos, mini buses, motor coaches, and vans. Frequent fliers can enlist friendly airport service ($30+ from O'Hare or Midway to downtown Chicago). Meanwhile, the 18-passenger mini bus holds a DVD player and stereo system within ($110 an hour; three-hour minimum), perfect for dance-party peace pacts between rival baseball teams. Packages abound for weddings, proms, and concert events, ensuring merry migrants safe passage for renewing nuptials or celebrating the stage adaptation of Wayne's World. Voyagers with varied destinations veer toward hourly rates to find a vehicle that fits their needs and itinerary.
Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.