Book a Passenger Bus Rental in Chicago to Enjoy a Cruise Around the City

Charter buses in Chicago are becoming more popular with corporate events, school field trips and special events, too. Chicago is among the top holiday destinations in the Midwest and is also one of the hottest cities in the nation. For this reason, renting a charter bus for Chicago will keep large group tours and parties running smoothly throughout the year. You won’t need to worry about hauling away multiple guest cars after a party in Chicago or arranging extra guest parking at a local event in Grant Park. Instead, you can charter a bus and get everyone to your venue on time, as Chicago offers many different bus routes to suit any event. Here’s a quick guide to Chicago charter bus services:

Chicago bus rental services are amazing!

If you’re looking for a good selection of charter buses Chicago IL, you won’t have any trouble finding one with a charter bus driver at the helm. The vast majority of charter buses in Chicago are double deckers with comfortable seating for up to 200 people at a time. They can travel in just about any direction you would like, so you can pick and choose your sight seeing spots during your Chicago vacation. Some of the stops that you can take on a charter bus that visits Chicago are:

No matter what time of day it is, Chicago has a shuttle bus service that will get you to your destination. From the Shedd Aquarium to the John Hancock Tower, from the Science Center to the Wrigley Building, from the O’Farrell Plaza to the Rosehill Historic House, you can charter a bus to get you where you want to go. One of Chicago’s biggest party bus rental companies, Party Bus Rental Chicago, guarantees that you’ll find a shuttle bus that will get you to your destination within one to two hours. You can select a reliable vehicle with ample space for your group or party and choose from a variety of luxurious amenities.

Charter buses in Chicago are a great way to travel around the city and don’t require any planning or special travel arrangements. They are also perfect for touring the entire city or just for a weekend trip. Whether you’re looking for a limousine or a stretch SUV with ample seating, charter buses in chicago offer the best of both worlds. Once you charter a bus, you’ll be responsible for driving yourself or taking care of a hired driver who will drop off guests at their hotel and pick them up at their destination.

Travel around the city

When you charter a passenger charter bus rental in Chicago, you’ll never have to worry about traffic or parking. Chicago is well known for having some of the largest traffic jams in the nation. You can arrive in a new city like Chicago with minimal time to spare because of the incredible transportation options that are available. Choose from buses that can accommodate all of your group’s luggage and have enough standing room for everyone including your luggage when you charter a passenger bus rental.

Chicago is located on the shores of Michigan Lake, which means that the weather is usually mild and beautiful all year round. Charter bus rental in chicago offers you and your group a fun and affordable way to tour the city of Chicago. You can choose from a variety of different charter bus services that are designed to provide a comfortable and enjoyable ride throughout the city of Chicago. If you’re looking for a fun way to travel around the great cities of Chicago, charter bus rental in chicago is an excellent way to take your group on a scenic trip or to celebrate a special event in this exciting destination city.

William King & Bob Guz – Double Feature Saturday!

At last we had a Saturday with beautiful weather! Carmen and I drove to Austin to pick-up her custom King concert. It is beautiful and already has an incredible warm rich tone – just imagine how it will sound after it gets played and really opens up. I also brought a new King uke home. It’s a very unusual uke made from woods initially planned for a violin and cello. The back is fiddleback maple and the top is master grade Swiss spruce. The tone is brilliant and bright – the opposite of Carmen’s uke. Played together, these two ukes sound like a beautiful orchestra!!!

The afternoon was a learning delight as we spent several hours with Bob Guz who plays in the band Shorty Long with Pops Bayless. Bob is a super teacher. We both learned a lot and have lots to practice to take our playing to the next level. We are hoping to bring Bob to Dallas to teach a workshop.

We topped of the day by having dinner at Jeffrey’s Restaurant – it is one of the top restaurants in the country. Superb dinner! The we had a very very long drive home.

Improvised Uke Weekend

Since we had to cancel plans to attend the NY Uke Fest, I was feeling uke withdrawal. So, I put on my thinking hat and came up with idea of creating am impromptu mini festival of our own. After a little internet searching, I found that Combo Mahalo, an Austin hapa haole band, was playing and that our good buddies from the Shorty Long band were also in town. SO we made a road trip to Austin and listened to Combo Mahalo on Thursday night and spent a little time with Brian from the band on Friday. The weather was perfect so we went to the Lady Bird Johnson WIldflower Park which was beautiful. We even found a few quiet spots where we strummed a little uke.

There is a display of giant decorate guitars all over Austin – very cool.

We got some great pictures that I’ll post. Quite by accident we discovered that Rue McClanahan was in town and giving a talk as well as having a book signing. We went. She was very personable and truly as much a character in real life as in her Golden Girl roll as Blanche! We went to some interesting restaurants including the funky Magnolia Cafe and a new find for us, The East SIde Grill – both were great. Another landmark is Eddie V’s which serves incredible seafood and has wonderful jazz in the bar. The crowning jewel of the weekend was spending a relaxing afternoon under the carport with Pops Bayliss and Mysterious John and a handful of ukes. Pops is great!

Portland Uke Festival for everyone

What a fantastic week! Perfect weather, perfect hostess … and ukes for days! This is not your typical festival. It is a music camp for ukulele held on the campus of Reed College and sponsored by the 300 member Portland Ukulele Association (PUA). It really gave us a chance to know the instructors and learn.

We got to visit with old friends Byron Yasui, James Hill, Aaron Keim, Joel Eckhaus, Mike DaSilva as well as our Texas friend turned Hawaiian wahine Cindee Burkitt. The wild Portland Rose, Ms. Jeannie Ceciliani was our hostess and we became fast buds sporting our wonderful King ukuleles everywhere we went. Kerry Char is a name you will be hearing more about as he is making quite a name for himself with his spectacular custom ukuleles.

We visted his shop as well as coming home with a couple of his incredible instruments. By the way, we are very pleased to be representing him at UkeLady Music! I’ll add more to this blog as well as pictures from the festival soon.

Acoustic Blue Grass Music Camp in Dallas

Just got home form 3 intensive days of music camp all arranged by these folks. This camp did not have uke workshops but the uke was well represented at the jams! I took this opportunity to explore the mandolin. It was great fun and I learned a great deal in spite of fingers that bled from the steel stings (just kidding – almost!).

A last minute change to the instructor line-up proved to be my favorite and an incredibly valuable time for me at the camp. Dave Waser of the local band Beatlegras stepped in to handle the vocal harmony class. He invited me to sit in on the last day of class (I think he was enamored with my ukes). There were only 6 of us in the class and we we learned how to blend our voices, create harmony and did a fine job of singing some great tunes in 3 part harmony. Dave is a great guy to work with and the workshop was a lot of fun.

That said, I don’t want to minimize the mandolin classes

As a rank beginner I got an amazing amount of understanding of the instrument (your fingers will bleed) and the way a mando works is very logical compared to some other instruments. The instructors were great. We had both Gerald Jones and Tim May as instructors and they both gave freely of their knowledge and help.

I met some wonderful new folks, saw a few that have been skirting around the uke community for awhile and best of all met and listened to a couple of teenagers that are already great players that I’m sure we will be paying top do;;ar to hear perform in the near future – Ruby on fiddle and Lucas from Corsicana on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and whatever other instruments he decides to play! I met Lucas about 1 1/2 years ago at the Old Time Music Festival in Palestine, TX. He was quite the gentleman and helped my mom and me get our booth broken down and our car loaded with our instruments and other goodies from our mobile “store”. He has really developed into a great player and is fearless in jamming with just about anyone!

This was a super event for Dallas and Gerald is already planning to host it again next year!

Gerald arranged a fabulous line-up of talent as instructors. Here is the line-up:

  • Brad Davis – Guitar
    Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Sam Bush, John Jorgenson, Billy Bob Thornton
  • Tim May – Guitar / Mandolin
    Crucial Smith, Patty Loveless, Charlie Daniels, Eddie Rabbit
  • Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor – Fiddle
    Five-time World Fiddle Champion, Mark O’Connor, Porter Waggoner
  • David Talbot – Banjo
    Grascals, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Tony Rice, Kenny Chesney
  • Terry Baucom – Banjo
    Boone Creek, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, Lou Reid
  • Gerald Jones – Banjo / Mandolin
    Roanoke, Texas Shorty, Red Steagall, Mark O’Connor, Hank Thompson
  • Wil Maring – Songwriting
    Winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest
  • Robert Bowlin – Fiddle / Guitar
    Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall