Explore your group transportation options, from motorcoaches to trolleys.

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Group Transportation Guide

From practical motor coaches to unexpected trolleys, there are tons of group transportation options in Chicago. Use this guide — complete with highlighted benefits and stand-out companies — before you book.

Motorcoaches and Charter Buses

Good for: Large groups

Big group? No problem. Chicago is home to some of the largest motorcoach fleets in North America. From massive, 70-passenger double-decker buses to school buses to mini-buses, there are plenty of options to accommodate both your group size and your budget. If you're concerned about parking, don't be. Chicago's essential motorcoach map is full of info like loading zones, free on-street day parking locations, pre-paid parking lots, helpful signage to look for throughout the city and more.

View Chicago's motorcoach map for parking information. (PDF)

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Good for: A unique mode of transportation; encouraging networking

If you're looking to wow your groups with a fun and whimsical way to get around the city, consider booking a trolley. Unlike motorcoaches, trolleys have an open seating set-up that encourages conversation and networking. In the warmer months, trolleys' open-air interiors let the breeze waft in while, during the winter, fully heated cabs provide groups with protection from the lakefront chill. Year-round, trolleys are a great way to give groups an unexpected twist in their transportation.

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Public Transit

Good for: Going green and saving money

For smaller, adventurous groups, Chicago's public transit system can't be beat. The Chicago Transit Authority's eight 'L' lines connect the city via above-ground, street-level and subway trains and serve more than 140 stations all over town. Plus, 140 bus routes lace the city and stop every few blocks to get your groups where they need to be. Even better? The CTA offers Unlimited Ride Cards that you can purchase online in nearly any quantity you need, providing your visitors with the value and convenience that comes from choosing Chicago.

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Shuttle/Car Service

Good for: Door-to-door service for small groups

Whether you want to provide group transportation to or from Chicago's airports, hotels or attractions, a shuttle service can go where other transportation options can't. Luxury sedans, 10-passenger vans, town cars, stretch limousines, fully loaded limo buses, even water taxis — there are plenty of vehicles to pick from.

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American Sightseeing/Gray Line Chicago
27 E. Monroe St., Ste. 515
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 251-3100
Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446
Metropolitan Limousine
1836 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-8000
Windy City Limousine
2801 S. 25th Avenue
Broadview, IL 60155
(847) 916-9300
Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.
Water Tower Pumping Station
Chicago, IL 60611
(773) 648-5000
The Trolley Car & Bus Company
226 Park St.
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 350-7433
Tri State Travel
4349 Industrial Park Dr.
Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-0820
Midwest Motorcoach
1134 N. Skokie Hwy.
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 336-0720
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