Chicago Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals

When you need a charter bus in Chicago, National Charter Bus has your group transportation solutions covered for all types of trips. We provide minibuses and charter bus rentals for occasions like business trips, private events, school outings, and more in the Windy City. Make your group transportation solutions as simple as possible by renting a bus from the National Charter Bus network! Our 24-hour reservation team is available at 312-392-0239 to help you organize group transportation in Chicago.

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Chicago Bus Rentals for Every Group

Whatever group size you’re traveling with, our nationwide network of motorcoach has just the bus rental to accommodate your needs! From compact minibus shuttles for smaller groups and local trips throughout Chicago to large-scale charter bus rentals for long-distance, Milwaukee- or Indianapolis-bound road trips, our network has them all. Be sure to ask about amenities like WiFi, DVD players, TV screens, onboard restrooms, reclining seats, and more when you call 312-392-0239 to lock in your Chicago bus rental. Our 24/7 reservation specialists will be happy to connect you with a motorcoach that has everything your group may need.

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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 for Groups in Chicago

When it comes to making the most of any city, sometimes you have to stray from the beaten path to get to the good stuff. Chicago is no different! Here are a few group-friendly, local-favorite destinations you can add to your charter bus rental’s itinerary if you have some time to spare:

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

Let your minibus shuttle drop your jazz lovers off in front of this 1907 club, named as an homage to the famed Moulin Rouge in Paris. Whether you dig jazz music, you’re traveling with history buffs, or you just want a tasty drink, Green Mill Jazz Club is a must-visit spot for nightlife explorers in Chicago.

Address: 4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 878-5552

2.  Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

The Magnificent Mile has a lot to offer in terms of high-end shopping, but if you’re in the mood for something fun and kitschy, there’s always Wolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities. Peruse the eclectic collection of one-of-a-kind antique furniture, taxidermy animals, and vintage medical paraphernalia packed into this small store.  Don’t worry—your charter bus driver can look after your new acquisitions for you when you disembark for your next destination!  

Address: 1513 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 989-3294

3.  Volo Auto Museum

Chicago is big for car-lovers, and few destinations in the city will pique your autophiles’ interest like this museum. Exhibits include Bumblebee from Transformers, KITT from Knight Rider, and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. Even if your bus rental passengers include some non-car enthusiasts, the museum also has a Dinosaur Park and an antique mall to pass the time in. 

Address: 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073

Phone: (815) 385-3644

4.  Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

Interested in all things espionage? Have your charter bus drop off everyone at this non-disclosed location (just kidding, it’s in West Town) and explore this shop of novelty spy-themed gifts. Here your group can purchase disguises and gadgets as well as cards, toys, and books about spies.  All 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

The Windy City may not be famous for table-top turtle racing, but you’ll definitely find it here at this local dive bar. Visitors can enter raffles to win prizes like t-shirts and drinks based on each turtle’s speed. Enjoy a game of darts, see if your favorite turtle wins big, and sip some affordable brews—without stressing the ride home, of course. That’s what your Chicago shuttle bus rental is for.  

Address: 1818 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 784-8755

Right photo Credit: Thrillist, Sean Cooley

6.  Wrigley Hostel 

While there is no shortage of places to stay in the area, Wrigley Hostel is one of the best and most unique lodging options near historic Wrigleytown. The hostel is a social-centric lodging option that’s central to bars, restaurants, and other hotspots in Chicago. Just be sure to reserve for your bus driver as well if you intend to rent a bus for an overnight trip!

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, it’s easy to pile a group of film enthusiasts onto a charter bus rental and enjoy a night at 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 Bloomingdales. It's the perfect place to get in some luxe retail therapy and dine on a tasty lunch or dinner. You’ll never have to miss a dinner reservation when an efficient minibus shuttle is facilitating your group's outing to this popular shopping destination!

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 stretch your legs after a few hours in your charter bus cabin.

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

Phone: (312) 742-4622

10.  Wrigley Field

Besides the obvious draw of America’s favorite pastime, Wrigley Field is one of the oldest ballparks in Major League Baseball, meaning it’s well worth a visit for any type of group. Private ballpark tours are available for groups during select non-game days, and bus rental parking is easy enough to find nearby.

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

Phone: (773) 404-2827

Reserve Your Chicago Charter Bus Rental Today

No matter where you are in the rental process—from figuring out your budget to locking in your no-obligation quote—the National Charter Bus team is always ready to help you with seamless Chicago group transportation. Call 312-392-0239 today and we’ll be happy to answer any transportation questions you might have before your Chicago group trip!

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