Chicago Charter Bus

Chicago’s 2.7 million residents make it the most populous city in Illinois and the third-most populous city in the United States. It’s home to educational institutions, theater, cultural events and 25 miles of public beaches in the city. Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods are each in North, West, South or Downtown areas of the city. Also known as the “Windy City”, Chicago can be both very hot and very cold (sometimes even in the same day). Residents say the key to weathering Chicago’s climate is layering. Depending on what time of year you’re there, be sure to pack either sunscreen or ice-worthy boots.

Chicago Charter Bus

There are two major international airports serving Chicago: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare is 17 miles outside of downtown, and it’s one of the world’s largest airports. Midway is about 10 miles outside of downtown and is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport.

Though public transportation is plentiful in Chicago, it’s not always easy. Likewise, if you’re heading somewhere that’s not directly on a public transportation line, the driving can be tricky, which is why Metropolitan Shuttle’s charter buses, shuttle vans or other ground transportation vehicles are so convenient. What makes Chicago more difficult to navigate than other cities? For one thing, the traffic. It goes without saying that the larger the city, the more traffic there will be. However, in Chicago, it can take up to an hour to drive 10 miles in the city. Second, unless you have a city parking permit, you would have to pay steep prices for a parking spot, and the parking spots (even expensive ones) are few and far between. Nearly all of Chicago’s expressways are also interstate highways (with the exception of Lake Shore Drive). There are two distinct sets of expressways/interstates:

  1. Inbound/outbound (to downtown), which become very congested during rush hour (rush hour is described as 6am to about 9am, and 3pm to 6pm); and

 

  1. Bypass routes, which go around the city instead of through it – these are I-294 and I-355, both of which have tolls. They are not as congested as the inbound routes at rush hour, though they are still pretty clogged by commuters to/from the suburban communities.

Once you arrive in Chicago, there are lots of things to do and see, regardless of whether you’re in town for work, school or leisure. Here’s just a snapshot of what Chicago has to offer:

Educational institutions

The University of Chicago
Northwestern University
Northern Illinois University
Valparaiso University of Chicago
Loyola University Chicago
… also many graduate, professional and specialty schools

Meeting & Convention Centers

McCormick Place
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (Rosemont)
Tinley Park Convention Center
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel by Marriott
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
The Congress Plaza Hotel
Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Neighborhoods

North: Includes Wrigleyville baseball, boutique shopping in Wicker Park/Bucktown, live jazz and theater, range of ethnic cuisines.

West: Includes Puerto Rican, Hellenic and Mexican communities; lots of authentic ethnic neighborhoods with restaurants, grocers and specialty shops.

Downtown: Home to many of Chicago’s most popular attractions, historic theater district, galleries, lounges, Michigan Avenue shopping and fine dining.

South: Monuments and public art, diversity of cultures with art centers, galleries and shows.

Sports

Chicago Bears (NFL)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Chicago Cubs (MLB)
Chicago White Sox (MLB)
Chicago Fire (MLS soccer)

Tourist attractions

Here's what some of our customers had to say about our service: Here's what some of our customer had to say about our service:

“The bus trip was perfect. I received many comments from the attendees about how convenient the service was for our trip. I believe during our future Yankees excursions we will use your service and keep you in mind for others. Thanks!!”

Columbia University Business School

“When the Department tasked your company to come up with drivers, vans & buses to support the G20 summit on such short notice, you not only met that challenge, but were resourceful in getting us photos and bio data needed to meet the security requirements. (We have a total of 44 drivers) with only 8 DOS drivers as well as all the vehicles needed – this is indeed an accomplishment!”

G20 Summit

“I just wanted to send you a note thanking you for the great service you gave the St. David Show Choir during our recent visit to California. The buses were always nice and prompt and the bus drivers were very courteous, We hope to use your company on future visits. Thank you again.”

St. David Arizona Show Choir

“Thank you for all of your help during the past few weeks. We couldn’t have made it through L.A. Screenings … without you!”

Sony Pictures Television International

“Thank you for your kind assistance to the Office of Homeland Security. It was a pleasure working with you.”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

“I am an attorney and the coordinator for a golf trip for our firm’s clients in Birmingham.  I was recently left in a bind with another transportation company at the last minute.  I called Metropolitan and reached Nevin.  He immediately took care of me and rectified the situation – he responded to everything quickly, got everything I needed arranged, and had a great personality while doing it.  I just wanted to drop a note since customer service can be such unrewarding work as I feel that people are quicker to point out the negatives rather than the positives in this business.  Nevin did a job well done.”

Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

“Thank you, thus far, for your shuttle services from Morehouse School of Medicine to Grady Memorial Hospital. We have received numerous of compliments of vehicles as well as time efficiency. I kindly request for shuttle driver, Isaac, to frequently transport us to our locations. He is a careful and professional driver with extensive knowledge of the downtown Atlanta area as well as familiar with our time schedule and route. Again, thank you for your services.”

Morehouse School of Medicine

“Everything went off without a hitch. Your limos and buses were perfect, and very accommodating given the flexibility we needed with the rain. By all means, I won’t hesitate to call you for anything we need or refer my friends for anything they may need in the future.”

Private event

“Things went superbly; words cannot describe how amazing things went. This was my first year to act as Social Chair and put large groups like this and then move them for a night of fun. But ya’ll helped so much with finding the extra buses I needed in such a small time, I didn’t think it could be done but ya’ll proved me wrong. Andy kept me updated and helped out more than was necessary and was right on top of everything. He helped me understand what would be needed and expected and I hope that everything on our side went well. The service was great; the bus drivers introduced themselves, gave me cell phone numbers, and were very friendly to everyone that rode. Then we were off and everything ran smoothly. I cannot stress how grateful I am and how amazing the buses were, everything went better than planned. Thank you so much for the service and you went above and beyond our standards, you have a great company and we will definitely use you in the future… maybe with a little more time to spare (haha). Thank you again and if there was anything that [you] were concerned about on our part, please let me know so I can make changes in the future.”

Oklahoma State University

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and support in coordinating the bus transportation for our employee meetings… As I mentioned to you when I first contacted Metropolitan, the drivers were late the last two years but this year, thanks to you, your driver Eric was at the facility earlier than the designated time. Because of this, our employees arrived at our main plant in a timely manner and the meetings started very promptly.”

Palladon Iron Corporation

“I wanted to thank and compliment you, your company, and most of all, your driver. Your response to our request for a quote was fast and efficient. You showed both courteous and professional service. We had already had scheduled and paid for our trip with another bus service when they cancelled three days prior to our service date. You got us back “on track” within hours of that cancellations at a competitive price. Your driver was exceptional. He was dressed in a well pressed suit, courteous beyond belief, and a excellent and safe driver. You have won all our future business.”

Hinsdale Cub Scouts

“I really appreciate the fact that you understood my concern about the driver being on-time. I was really worried that 2008 would be a repeat of 2006 and 2007 but thanks to you, everything went smoothly. I can assure you that I’ll call Metropolitan again in 2009. Thank you again for your outstanding work on this request. I enjoy working with people who pay attention to details and who make it a point to provide good customer service. You scored very high on both counts! Have a great day.”

Trojan Battery

“It was awesome. Our driver was exceptional and our bus exceeded expectations. Thanks for all your assistance and we will use you again in the future.”

Glazier Foods

“Your professionalism is greatly appreciated. It’s always a pleasure to work with  Metropolitan Shuttle!”

Mercury Marketing Resources, Inc.

“Thank you for the good service provided by Yvan last Saturday in NY. On time, friendly, clean bus…we shall surely recommend your company to others as the occasion arises.”

Hon. Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Illinois & Indiana

I wanted to thank you for all of your assistance with our event this past weekend. The drivers were prompt and courteous and I received more than 1 compliment about them from the graduates, especially Glenn, whom the riders found very amusing.

They were fantastic at communicating with me and making sure that we were all on the same page and I am looking forwarding to booking your company for my next event.

Red Lion-Concordia University

“We had a wonderful time this weekend and it couldn’t have happened without great transportation. I had no references and got your co. from a Google Search and we were very pleased. The driver was early, the bus was nice and clean and Danny our driver was very good and personable. Based on my experience I would use Metropolitan again and recommend to my friends.”

Spread the Word Ministries

“I didn’t want the week to end without getting I touch with you to let you know in writing how satisfied we were with everything from beginning to end… your professionalism, our changes and your willingness to accommodate them. The bus was beautiful.  Mr. Thomas, our driver was fantastic.  A total professional.  Everyone raved about how wonderful he was.  How well he managed the high volume of traffic in Manhattan on the day of our trip.  He got our group here from NY to PA happy, safe and in good time… We are planning our next event and are looking at the logistics involved of shuttling guests every hour on the hour for a 24-hour period from the NJ transit station to our next locale.  We are keeping Metropolitan Shuttle at the top of our list for all our future transportation needs.”

The Shuttah Group

The service provided was excellent. We did not have any complaints with Bus that was provided or the drivers. There was a very high level of professionalism being exemplified by the office team (Chanel) and the drivers. I would highly recommend Metropolitan Shuttle to other clients. The level of service deserves 5 stars. Thanks again!

MHI Inc.