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20 2017 Mar

6 Home Security + Maintenance Tools for Frequent Business Travelers

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No one wants to be pre-occupied with the safety of their house or belongings while traveling for business. Luckily, there are tools and services to increase your homes safety and provide you with the peace of mind you need to focus on your job without concern of what you’re leaving behind. Here are 9 security and maintenance tools for frequent business travelers.

1. Alarm Systems

This may seem like an obvious tool but it’s the most underutilized. A professional, remotely monitored alarm system is one of the best and most effective ways for deterring theft. Alarm Systems monitor every aspect of your home. Every nook and cranny can be watched. These systems even notify law enforcement if there’s a break in which minimizes overall risk. An added bonus to Alarm Systems, is that they monitor fires, carbon monoxide and even other safety hazards!

2. Remote Monitoring

In today’s tech savvy world, remote monitoring takes protecting your property to the next level. Devices like the Nest Cam allow owners to check their house with use of an app — from anywhere in the world. The app detects movement and activities, even saving 30 days of previous records. Remote monitoring not only gives you peace of mind but it’s also a great way to monitor house sitters, family members and pets inside your home.

3. Video Doorbell

Like remote monitoring, video doorbells are also a new advancement in home security. Video Doorbells alert you when there is someone at your front door by way of app. You can see them and even respond to them as if you are inside your home. For added security measures, you can also record visitors.

3. Parcel Drop Box

If you’re like me, and travel for business frequently you probably do a lot of shopping online. A parcel drop box is for when your orders arrive while you’re away on business. These are great solutions to protect your latest delivery from theft.

4. Safe Deposit Box

A Safe Deposit Box is another great tool to protect your belongings while you are away on business travel. If an intruder should get into your home, all of your precious items will be safe guarded inside a theft-proof safe deposit box. For added security, consider using a safety deposit box at your personal bank.

 

5. Electrical Timers

One of the biggest deterrents of theft is making your house look like you’re still living in it. Electrical timers on lights will give the appearance of a lived-in house by turning lights on and off at certain times of the day.

6. Pet Feeding

Automated pet food and water systems can be very effective and cost effective when leaving your pets home while you’re away. Pet feeding can deliver pre-measured dry pet food and water to your pets.

Take a few simple steps like the ones listed above, will give you peace of mind while you are away on business.

Which tool will you use when you’re on business travel?

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7 2017 Mar

6 Effective Tips For Working On A Plane

6 Effective Tips For Working On A Plane

If you're like us, then you know that working while traveling is hard. With these 6 effective tips, you'' be working on a plane like the professional you are.
To some people, travel means a vacation from all things work related but, for many people, in-flight time is just another day at the office. Most people, like me, actually get more work done on airplanes because there are no office distractions. So to help fellow business travelers like myself, I thought i’d share a few tips to effectively working on an airplane.

If you're like us, then you know that working while traveling is hard. With these 6 effective tips, you'' be working on a plane like the professional you are.

1. Book Flights That Offer Wi-Fi
Yes, more and more planes are offering Wi-Fi but, to be safe, find out which planes have Wi-Fi before booking. You can find this out on many major travel websites or you can check out this article by Gizmodo that not only tells you which airline’s have Wi-Fi but also ranks their service for you.

2. Get a Tablet or a Keyboard
One of the biggest challenges of working on an airplane is not having enough space to type on your Laptop or Tablet. As a way of solving this, consider a a Tablet that comes with a keyboarder grab an external keyboard at your local computer store.

3. Upgrade to a Row With More Room
As you can tell (from tip number 2) space is a real issue when working on an airplane. Luckily, you have a few options to better prepare. Economy or comfort rows usually have the space one needs to adequately work without feeling cramped. If those aren’t options, taking an aisle seat can make a world of difference!

4. Buy a Wi-Fi Pass
Most people buy a day or flight pass for in-flight Wi-Fi, but as a business traveler, it may save you time and money if you travel more than once per month. You can buy one on Gogo, an internet provider of all the major domestic airliners.

5. Bring an Extra Laptop Battery or Power Station
While many major airports now have docking stations for all of your devices, in-flight is a different story. There’s nothing worse than opening up your Laptop or Tablet ready to work only to find that you have no battery. This is why investing in an extra batter pack is definitely worth your while.

6. Purchase a Privacy Screen Protector
If you don’t want your neighbors to get a glimpse of all your important documents or emails then purchase a privacy screen protector. These things were literally designed so that only the person sitting directly in front of the screen can view it — not your neighbor!

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2 2015 Dec

Simple Exercises and Stretches You Can Do Anywhere

Get moving with these simple exercises and stretches. Being stuck in the office, in a plane or in a car is a chronic complete for business professionals and can cause a lot of physical problems over time. Studies show that movement during periods of stress not only improves focus and clarity but relieves tension and improves mood. All good things for a busy day at the office! A recent article on Forbes.com noted that, “According to a survey by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly 50% of adults in the U.S. admit that they don’t engage in the suggested 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate physical activity or the suggested 20 minutes, three times a week of vigorous activity. In short, about half of Americans don’t get the physical exercise they need.”

Luckily there are simple exercises you can do right now at your desk, in the airport or in a town car to help you improve your body’s flexibility and strength with in just a few minutes:

  1. Improve your posture! Your body functions better when you have good posture. Your back feels better, your feet don’t hurt, your neck has less tension, Etc. when you position yourself in the correct way while seated for long periods of time. Adjust the height of your chair to a 90-90-90 position; feet flat on the floor, hips bent at a 90-degree angle, back supported with your lower back flat against the back of your chair. Hunching forward will cause spasms, headaches and all kinds of other problems. This isn’t so much an exercise as just setting you up for success!
  2. Stretch! Stretching is a great way to relieve tension, improve blood flow and therefore boost brain function! Try a neck stretch: touch your ear to your shoulder and hold it there, then gently switch sides. Another great one is to stand in a doorway, hold the door frame on each side and walk forward until you feel a stretch across your chest. Also just reaching up with both arms and then doing a slight bend to the left and then the right from your chair is a great simple relaxing stretch.
  3. Avoid carpal tunnel syndrome with this important stretch. Stand at a desk or other low service and with your arms straight, place your palms on the desk with your fingers pointed toward you, lower your body slowly until you feel the stretch (it’s not far). Hold it for 15 seconds and repeat it several times throughout the day.
  4. The “Magic Carpet Ride” works your core and arms. Sit in a chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Then place your hands on the armrests, suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.
  5. For lower-body strength, try the “Wooden Leg.” Sit in a chair. Extend one leg out straight in front of you. Hold for two seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can and hold it again for two seconds. Repeat with each leg 15 times.

For some more intense muscle-building exercises you can try at the office we found a great article on Men’s Fitness. Remember, just because you can’t be at the gym all day doesn’t mean you can’t move. Try these simple moves and share them with coworkers and friends. A little movement throughout the day improves your sleep, stress level and overall well-being. To your health road warriors!

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25 2015 Nov

The Fastest Way through Customs is With Mobile Passport

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International business travelers take note of mobile passport! After a 15-hour flight the last thing you want to do is hang out in super long customs lines, but we are going to let you in on a little secret… there is a completely free way to bypass the lines at immigration and customs when re-entering the U.S. at select airports—and all you need is your smartphone!

The secret is really no secret at all, but instead a downloadable app available to both iPhone and Android users via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store that allows users to enter their passport and travel information, submit it electronically, and generate a receipt to show at customs and immigration checkpoints. It’s called Mobile Passport and this super slick technology eliminates the need for traditional forms and waiting in long lines.

The app, launched in 2014 by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnerships with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is free to download and free to use. Entirely separate from the paid Global Entry program, Mobile Passport boasts a speed and ease that has Global Entry users eating its dust.

For now, use of the Mobile Passport app is limited to U.S. citizens holding a valid U.S. passport, as well as Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport. Five airports are currently a part of the program: Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), and San Francisco (SFO). The goal is to have at least 20 airports accepting the app over the next year.

Once the app is on your phone, there’s nothing left to do until your plane lands back on U.S. soil at one of the participating airports. When you turn off “airplane mode,” open the app, complete the steps, and you’ll have your immigration and customs clearance ready before even stepping off the aircraft. The profile includes the traveler’s name, gender, date of birth, and country of citizenship. According to CBP, the process is simple: travelers complete the “New Trip” section by selecting their arrival airport and airline, take a selfie, and answer a series of custom declaration questions. Once the traveler submits the form through the app, the traveler will receive an “electronic receipt with an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code,” which expires four hours after issuance. Travelers then bring their passport and mobile device with their digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer to finalize their inspection and be welcomed back into the United States. It’s that easy! Here’s what it looks like:

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18 2015 Nov

Perk Up! Better Hotel Coffee is Coming

Good news business travelers- better hotel coffee is coming soon! If lackluster coffee at even your favorite hotels has been disappointing you for years there’s something brewing at hotels across the USA that’s really going to perk you up.  According to a recent article on USAToday.com business travelers looking for the perfect beverage to start their day no longer have to settle for instant coffee brewed in old-fashioned pots. Hotels are partnering with specialty coffee companies to upgrade caffeinated beverage options in guest rooms, through room service, at kiosks and in lounges. And it’s about time, considering the ever-growing popularity of Starbucks and other craft brews, hotels have no choice but to offer coffee of equal or higher quality.

Here are some examples of what you will see soon:

  • Fairmont Hotels and Resorts partnered with H.C. Valentine Coffee, a micro-roasting company based in Birmingham, Ala., to provide guests with what Brett Patterson, the company’s vice president of Food and Beverage for the Americas, calls a “farm-to-cup” experience. Most of the beans come from small family farms in Africa and Central and South America.
  • At AC Hotels by Marriott, guests can use a one-cup brewing machine to make Torrefazione Italia coffee. Marriott chose an Italian coffee for the new hotel brand, which originated in Europe. If guests don’t want to drink the coffee in their room, they can head down to the AC Kitchen and make a customized coffee drink from a Nespresso machine.
  • Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently expanded its partnership with the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to provide specialty coffee drinks in lobbies, restaurants, lounges and gourmet markets at participating properties.
  • Le Meridien Hotels take their coffee culture so seriously that each property has an in-house Master Barista. The baristas go through an intensive training program. Last November, the company partnered with illy Coffee to name a Global Latte Artist.

According to the USAToday article the importance of coffee is highlighted in a 2015 National Coffee Association USA study, which found that 70% of consumers say coffee wakes them up and gets them going in the morning. And for business travelers who just caught the red eye its even more critical to getting a great start to a busy day.

Hotels also have to offer better coffee making machines. Many hotels are replacing in-room miniature coffeemakers with higher-end machines from manufacturers such as Nespresso and Keurig. Some business travelers say they like the higher-quality machines but worry about how they are maintained.

Also many consumers noted in the study want their coffee to be made in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. About 17% of all coffee drinkers expressed concern about environmental and sustainability issues. That concern tripled among consumers below the age of 39, which include those Millennial travelers coveted by hotels.

Hotels are keeping up with expectations by offering coffee brewed by local companies. Younger travelers, in particular, prefer to eat and drink locally sourced and produced products.

Examples of hotels taking this approach include:

  • Guest rooms at Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, are equipped with a French press offering a local Puerto Rican coffee.
  • The Brooklyn Marriott serves fair-trade coffees by DUMBO-based roastery and espresso lab Brooklyn Roasting. Coffee flavors change frequently but include such creative options as the Iris Espresso, a sweet and spicy brew.
  • The James Chicago partnered with Sparrow Coffee, a green and organic micro-roastery.
  • The Wayfarer at the Quin Hotel in New York created its own brand of cold brew coffee with local coffee brewers For Five Coffee Roasters.

So whether you’re a coffee lover or you just need your morning fix to get moving, your hotel coffee experience should be getting a big upgrade soon! Had a great coffee experience on a recent business trip? Share where you were and what it was with other road warriors on our Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #cupofjoe.

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11 2015 Nov

Airline Travel is Still the Cost-Efficient Way to Go

airline travelAccording to an article from 10.26.15 on Airlines.org, an airline advocacy website, in the last year airfare has fallen 3.9%, and in August and it was down 7% year over year, making air travel one of the most cost-efficient travel options, in addition to being incredibly safe and convenient. When you are a road warrior business traveler the cost of ticket prices, added fees and ancillary travel services such as chauffeured ground transportation can really add up.

Further evidence of the cost efficiency of the airlines was found when the Department of Justice approved the last four airline mergers. They found that consumers benefit from strong networks, improved efficiencies and new and increased services. After all, airline travel has made the world around us smaller, more connected and far more accessible than even 15-20 years ago.

Because of these mergers and the work the airlines have done to meet customer expectations, the airlines have been able to buy new airplanes, restore and increase air service levels and add new routes, all of which aid business travelers to get where they need to go faster, more consistently and more affordably than ever before.

Over the last 10 years airline competition has increased in many of the major U.S. markets with low cost carrier service being the fastest growing segment of the industry. And competition between the major airlines has led to more routes and better services, directly benefiting you the passengers.

The fact is that airlines are reinvesting an average of $1.4 billion each month into the passenger experience. It’s because of these investments that consumers have options like Wi-Fi connectivity, device chargers, better in-flight entertainment and newer, larger planes. Airlines’ also claim that their improving financial performance continues to bolster the overall U.S. economy which they say is evidenced by the 21 straight months of employment gains and the more than $3.1 billion per month airlines are spending on employee wages and benefits.

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4 2015 Nov

New TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Coming Soon to Midway Airport Chicago

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TSA-preCheckIf you’re a travel professional (meaning you are on –the-go all the time) then speeding up your passage through the security lines is probably on your to-do list. And as luck would have it for Chicago-based professionals, there is a new TSA Precheck enrollment center coming soon to Midway airport!

If you’re unclear on what this means TSA Pre✓® allows participating flyers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by not having to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts, and by leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

An important step in the enrollment process requires travelers to visit a TSA application center in person. To make this step even easier, Midway will feature a TSA Pre✓® enrollment center right at the airport from Monday, November 16, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015. The Enrollment Center will be located at Midway in Baggage Claim at the Baggage Service Office near Lower Level Door No. 1, making it accessible to all visitors, including those who do not have airline tickets.

Enrollment Center Hours of Operation:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs., Nov. 26) and the day after (Fri., Nov. 27).

Don’t miss this great opportunity to enroll in TSA Pre✓® — your ticket to a smarter travel experience! Over 150 airports, including Chicago Midway and O’Hare International Airports, have dedicated TSA Pre✓® lanes and 12 airlines participate in the program including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America

The first step is to pre-enroll ahead of time online. Take a minute to visit the pre-enrollment page where you will enter preliminary information and schedule an appointment at Midway.

On the day of your appointment, you will need to bring your documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Please visit http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/required-documentation for a complete list of required documents. If you have a U.S. Passport, that is all you need for identification. You will finish the process onsite at the airport by providing your fingerprints for a background check.

The application fee is $85 and can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within 45 days that is valid for five years. The enrollee should enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel reservations. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.

So if you’re ready to start speeding through security lines and don’t mind a few extra steps up front to make that happen then TSA pre-check may be just the ticket you’re looking for!

Ease your ground transportation experience too by booking your airport transportation ahead with SMART Cars online or by phone (800) 871-7627. We’ll see you soon!

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28 2015 Oct

How to Complain to a Hotel to Get Results

This topic came up on CNNTraveler recently and it got us thinking about the best/most effective way to complain to a hotel to really get results. We found the answer: follow this advice from a former hotel front-desk manager and you’ll have the issue straightened out in no time.

Here are some common scenarios you may have run into:

Situation 1: “Can you please arrange a wakeup call for me?”

Situations 2: “Can you please have someone pick up my laundry?”

Situation 3: “Can you please have someone service my room?”

Situation 4: “Why is my TV not working?”

The front desk and the hard-working desk agents are truly the heartbeat of any hotel. They get called upon day and night to handle all kinds of requests and situations – whether it’s in their job description or not. So keep that in mind when calling down with an issue or request.

So what’s the best way to get the front desk agent on your side? Here are some tips for effectively complaining to the front desk:

  1. Be specific about your complaint and provide as many details with regards to time and place as possible. The more information you can give about what went wrong and when it went wrong, the more the front desk can help you. They will take this information to the other departments who can also assist in righting whatever went wrong.
  2. Try to remember names. If not, try to remember faces. While this seems an odd thing, it is really helpful for front desk staff to follow up with guest requests. Simply saying “I spoke to someone about my car service”; or “There was a girl here yesterday” is just as helpful as saying “I spoke to everyone.” Being more specific not only speeds up the follow-up process, but also gives your query more credence and things can be taken care of more efficiently.
  3. Follow up! Yes, this is the job of the hotel, and it is done most the time. But sometimes, front desk staff doesn’t hear whether the guest is really happy with the outcome of their efforts. On your way out of the hotel, stop by the front desk and give them an update. This also helps the agents remember you even more.
  4. It’s ok to ask for management to step in when things get really, really bad- but don’t jump to that right away. If your complaints have gone unheard or unattended to, now is the time to ask for senior management to get involved. The most effective way to do this is by clearly stating the times and staff with which the complaints were filed. This allows the hotel to immediately fix the problem while also going the extra mile and providing a complimentary amenity. It also allows the hotel to learn from those mistakes and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
  5. Stay polite. Don’t talk down to or look down upon front desk agents or mock their level of English, intelligence or remark about how they are doing their job. Remember, front desk agents are some of the most qualified and skilled multitaskers in the industry. They not only know how to communicate effectively with guests, but also how to get things done, from making sure the concierge has the right information to make restaurant bookings to updating the housekeeping department on the right time to service the rooms.

These tips originally ran on HotelChatter.com and we thank them for their insights! If you’ve already booked your flight and hotel stay here in Chicago don’t forget to book your chauffeured ground transportation too! Book easily online by creating your own reservation portal login or contact us on the Contact page for a quote or quick booking call back.

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21 2015 Oct

10 Critical Ways Travel Agents Can Compete with Web Booking

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travel agentsTravel professionals have a tougher job than ever before because there are so many ways people can research, compare and book their travel experiences- it’s a landscape like never before! Travel is a global industry, one whose products — tickets and itineraries — are easy to deliver to customers. Also, because it’s a perishable product — one that can’t be sent back if unsatisfactory — travelers demand as much information as possible before purchasing trips, from flight schedules and fares to tidbits about weather and special events. According to an interesting article recently from the Wall Street Journal online, “The Internet isn’t just for surfing anymore. Some people are also snorkeling, scuba diving, skiing and sightseeing through the World Wide Web.”

And it gets even more interesting since now travelers from around the world can swap experiences, tips and testimonials. They can search for exotic special-interest destinations, check pictures of hotel rooms and browse through schedules and offerings.

Keeping all these factors in mind, we found a great list from tnooz.com that offers clever ways travel agents can differentiate themselves and compete in this new competitive market.

  1. Specialize

Pick a few destinations or activities and resolve to be a better expert at them than anyone else. Consumers now have access to so much travel information, particularly at their fingertips via the internet, that they have themselves become “generalist travel agents.”  When they seek help, they’re seeking a true specialist.

  1. Personalize

Differentiate yourself from DIY, self-service online solutions – and instead give consumers highly personalized service, recommendations, etc., right from your very first interaction with them — whether online, by phone or in-person.

  1. Develop a repertoire of unique experiences and special access

It’s all about selling experiences. The more unique, the more value you’re adding.  The more you can provide clients access to special events or people, the more differentiated you are.

  1. Market yourself for complex bookings

Consumers can book the simple trips themselves (e.g. point-to-point trips such as Seattle to Las Vegas). Travelers really need agents for complex trips (e.g. longer international trips or cruises).  Your energy and specialization should be on these complex trips.

  1. Go upmarket

Segment the market into two traveler types: Those with more money than time, and those with more time than money.  Agents can only compete for the former segment’s business.  Travelers with more money than time value purchasing a travel agent’s expertise and ability to handle every aspect of the trip.

  1. Work with net rates rather than take commission

Especially for custom tours, agents should consider getting net rates from suppliers and marking them up rather than taking commission. This gives pricing flexibility better cash flow, and reduces the hassle of collecting commission.

  1. Constantly do a self-check: Am I delivering the best value?

The market’s constantly changing. For all your products and services that you offer, are you getting competitive rates?  Do you have a variety of strategies to get your clients the most value?

  1. Master your pitch

Have you perfected your pitch if clients ask: “Tell me about yourself and your agency,” or “What makes you different from other agents?”  What are the top three messages in your pitch?  Memorize them.

  1. Brush up on “trusted advisor” sales skills

It’s a consultative sales job: Most agents can sell a lot more if they can be perceived as a trusted advisor. This means relationship-building and trust-building skills rather than pushy sales skills.

  1. Develop a trusted reputation/brand

Get yourself or your agency written up in national media or at least your local newspaper.  Join the BBB.  Get clients to write you endorsements on LinkedIn.  Build your reputation with real traveler reviews on a referral service.

Get more great tips at tnooz.com now.

Travel agents find themselves challenged by the world of vacation options clients can access at their fingertips. Developing a specialty and concentrating on marketing offers travel professionals a way to promote their expertise and ensure the vacation of a client’s dreams.

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14 2015 Oct

5 Chicago Tours That Are Sure to Please

tastebud tours chicagoWhen traveling to Chicago it’s sometimes overwhelming to pick out what to do. After all, the Windy City is home to amazing museums, shopping centers, festivals, parks, restaurants, art and more! We have narrowed down some fan favorite Chicago tours that are sure to please everyone in your group or family.

  1. Tastebud Tours is a must for food and wine lovers visiting Chicago. This is a 5 star rated walking food tour that takes you through specialty dessert shops, famous deep dish pizza, “Dragged through the garden” Chicago style hot dogs, unique ethnic eateries and more. It’s a 3-hour food adventure and a fantastic way to experience the city’s food, history and architecture. The Friendly Tastebud guides add their own personal touch to each tour. Come hungry!
  2. Chicago Trolley & Double Decker, Co has 21 years of experience taking Chicago visitors through the city. This is a “hop on” and “hop off” experience so when you see things you want to stay at longer- hop off. Another trolley will come by later and pick you back up. The ticket package with the best value is the All Tours Ticket and includes The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Museums and more! Click here for their latest specials and promotions.
  3. Trusted Tours & Attractions offers a variety of Chicago sightseeing tours including historic, land and river and panoramic and scenic, specialties. Here you’ll find unique ways to explore Chicago like a Segway Night Tour of Chicago for $65/per person or a Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour.
  4. chicago beer experienceIf you’re a craft beer fan then the Chicago Beer Experience is the tour for you! Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours, Chicago’s original beer tasting Tour Company, offers top-rated Chicago neighborhood beer tasting and bar tours where you can see and learn about Chicago in a unique, fun way! Our walkable neighborhood tours combine the unique history of Chicago with detailed descriptions of a variety of different beer tastings, most of which are Chicago or Midwestern craft beers. It even includes some food, such as bacon or a Chicago-style hot dog. Don’t worry- you’ll burn off the calories on the walk!
  5. Last but not least is the Chicago City Pass– a great all-inclusive pass that allows you admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry,  360 Chicago, Adler Planetarium or the Art Institute of Chicago. Adult passes 12+ are $96 and Children 3-11 are $79. If you are traveling with the family, this is a great way to enjoy a lot of what Chicago has to offer!

Traveling to Chicago again soon? Let us greet you at the airport! And if you’re traveling with a group pre-order  your charters for the holiday travel rush and save 10%! Call 800-871-7627 or book online!

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