Chicago Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals

Need a charter bus in Chicago? National Charter Bus has your group transportation covered for trips of all types in Chicago. We offer minibuses and charter buses for occasions like business events in The Loop, beautiful weddings on Lake Michigan, and school field trips at the Art Institute. Make exploring the Windy City as easy as possible with a private charter bus rental and a professional driver. A National Charter Bus rental rep will be available 24/7 at 312-392-0239 to help you organize group transportation in Chicago!

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Chicago Bus Rentals for All Events

At National Charter Bus, we understand that trips can vary from group to group, and that’s why we work with a wide network of transportation partners in Chicago. This means we can offer groups multiple models of minibus and charter bus rentals for a variety of events. Minibuses are compact options for 18 to 25 passengers for occasions like private nights out, group vacations, and employee shuttles. If you need a spacious transportation option, a full-size charter bus rental is the way to go. With up to 56 seats, we usually recommend a full-size charter bus rental for events like large weddings, business conferences, and sporting events.


Popular Destinations in Chicago

Chicago Charter Bus Rental FAQs

1. Where can you park a charter bus in Chicago?

Parking in some parts of Chicago can be notoriously difficult. Thankfully, we’ve compiled an entire blog post about parking a charter bus in Chicago. This blog post also includes information about designated loading and unloading zones throughout the city.

If you don’t feel like reading through the blog post, here’s the quick rundown:

-McCormick Place offers paid reserved overnight parking for motorcoaches. This lot offers in/out privileges and is likely your best bet for convenient parking.

-Additional paid lots for buses can be found near the Lincoln Park Zoo, Soldier Field, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

-Limited free street parking can be found on Canal Street, Kinzie Street, and Green Street.

More information about reserving paid parking can be found on the Chicago Park District website.

2. What is the traffic like in Chicago?

As one of the most populated and tourist-heavy cities in the country, Chicago’s traffic can be a nightmare. According to the TomTom Traffic Index, Chicago ranks as the tenth most congested city in North America.

Rush hour in Chicago usually spans from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. These are often the worst times to hit the road, especially on congested stretches along the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and I-90.

Keep in mind that traffic may be even heavier during busy travel months throughout the summer, holidays, and special events like Lollapalooza and Chicago Pride.

3. What are the public transportation options like in Chicago?

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) system is the country’s second-largest public transportation system after New York City. CTA operates a rail system (referred to as the ‘L’) and bus system throughout the city. The L operates on 8 routes with 145 stations, while the bus has over 120 routes.

Water taxis are additional public transport options that are perfect for groups looking for unique views of the city. Although Chicago River and Lake Michigan water taxis are operated by private companies, tickets are open to the public to purchase. 

4. Where can my charter bus pick my group up at the airport in Chicago?

Public and private buses at O’Hare can be found at the Bus Shuttle Center directly across from the Hilton Airport location. Your charter bus driver will communicate with you based on your arrival or departure time to organize timely pickup and drop off.

5. Are there any restrictions on charter buses in Chicago?

As a major tourist destination, Chicago sees countless charter buses and other tour vehicles throughout the year. Groups traveling in Chicago should be aware of strict loading and unloading policies for charter buses. Your group can only be dropped off at designated stops near Chicago landmarks. Most loading areas have a 15-minute limit, so please make sure everyone moves as quickly as possible to allow other travel groups use of the zone.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Chicago

As you plan your Chicago itinerary, you may want to consider adding a few locally loved locations. Sure, the famous attractions like the Art Institute, Millennium Park, and Willis Tower are a must-see, but there’s so much more to Chicago than just the tourist hotspots. Here are a few local hotspots to check out:

1.  Green Mill Jazz Cluba trumpet lays against a brick background

This historic Uptown jazz club opened in 1907 and was named as an homage to the famed Moulin Rouge in Paris. Green Mill Jazz Club is a must-visit spot for jazz music aficionados and history buffs. Enjoy a night of music with tasty drinks and leave the post-show driving up to your charter bus driver.

Address: 4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 878-5552

2.  Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

The glitz and glamor of Chicago’s big shopping districts may often overshadow the fun and kitschy stores located in the city. Wooly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities is truly for those who enjoy the unique and strange. You’ll find memorable souvenirs like one-of-a-kind antique furniture, taxidermy animals, and vintage medical paraphernalia packed into this small store.  

Address: 1513 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 989-3294

3.  Volo Auto Museum

Located in the Chicago suburb of Volo, this auto museum should be a stop for car lovers. The exhibits include Bumblebee from Transformers, KITT from Knight Rider, and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. If you have a mixed group with a few folks not too interested in cars, the museum also has a Dinosaur Park (yep, you read that right!) and an antique mall. 

Address: 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073

Phone: (815) 385-3644

4.  Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

This local shop isn’t really a secret but it’s a great stop for quirky spy-themed gifts. You’ll find disguises and gadgets as well as cards, toys, and books. Proceeds from sales at Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. benefit 826CHI, a local non-profit creative writing center.

Address: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 772-8108

5.  Big Joe’sturtle crossing sign at Big Joe's in Chicago

Big Joe’s is a local watering hole made famous for its table-top turtle racing. It’s the perfect dive to enjoy affordable brews, a game of darts, and see if your favorite turtle wins one of the six races. Visitors can enter raffles to win prizes like t-shirts and drinks based on each turtle’s speed. 

Address: 1818 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 784-8755

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6.  Wrigley Hostel 

There’s no shortage of hotels and lodging options in Chicago, especially in Wrigleytown around Wrigley Field. Wrigley Hostel is one of the best and most unique lodging options near the historic field. The hostel is a social-centric lodging option that’s central to bars, restaurants, and other hotspots in Chicago.

Address: 3514 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: (773) 598-4471

7.  Music Box Theatre

Music Box Theatre opened in 1929 and has operated as an art-house and repertory cinema since 1983. The theatre is famous for showing films in 70mm, hosting sing-a-long nights, and having live organ music before shows. Group ticket discounts are available for 20 or more guests. Pile your group of film enthusiasts onto your charter bus rental and ride to the theatre!   Address: 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Phone: (773) 871-6604

8.  Magnificent Miletall buildings with a blue sky along chicago's magnificent mile

The Magnificent Mile is one of the best stretches in the city for shopping and dining in Chicago. You’ll find luxury shops like Cartier and Louis Vuitton, as well as upscale department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale. It's the perfect place to get in some luxe retail therapy and to have a tasty lunch or dinner. Address: North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

9.  The 606

The 606, also known as The Bloomingdale Trail, is a 2.7-mile elevated trail built along former railroad tracks. It stretches between Chicago’s Hermosa, Logan Square, and Bucktown neighborhoods, offering visitors access to multiple green spaces and outdoor art installations. It's a wonderful place to get some fresh air and stroll between Chicago parks. 

Starting Address: 1805 N Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: (312) 742-4622

10.  Wrigley Field

Touring Wrigley Field may not be at the top of your itinerary unless you’re a group of Cubs fans. Though, as one of the oldest and most famous ballparks in Major League Baseball, it’s well worth a visit for any type of group. Private ballpark tours are available for groups during select non-game days. 

Address: 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613

Phone: (773) 404-2827


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