There are endless party destinations for Chicagoans, from the best beer bars to the city's constant stream of festivals and concerts. It only makes sense to arrive in style in a flashy party buses. Blast your favorite tunes and BYOB as your driver chauffeurs you through the streets. Chicago offers up everything from luxurious stretch limo buses to trolleys to a bus that looks like a beer barrel. Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or your own brewery tour, don't forget to tell your driver to make a pit stop for some deliciously greasy late night food.
The best party buses in Chicago
Chicago Brew Bus
This bus has all the essentials, including comfortable seats and expert beer guides. The party bus tour start at Lagunitas, Haymarket and Atlas Brewing and moves on to two more breweries, such as Lake Effect Brewery, Goose Island, Revolution and DryHop. For 60 bucks you get transportation and several samples at all three breweries—a steal. The bus accommodates 10 guests and can also be rented out for non-brewery excursions. (773-340-2739, chicagobrewbus.com)
Elite Chicago Limo and Party Bus
If you’re looking for a party bus that pulls out all the stops, this is it. Elite boasts a huge selection of party buses with names like Titan, Odyssey and Starry Night that can accommodate 16 or 30 passengers. The buses each have a distinct theme, elaborate lighting, multiple TVs, tinted windows, leather seats and illuminated bars. If the stripper pole and fiber optic art doesn’t make you want to hop on board, what about a Pokémon Go excursion? Ride around town and catch those Snorlaxes and Squirtles for as little as $25 per person. (312-201-1055, elitechicagolimo.com)
Federales is known for getting the party started with delicious Mexican food and plenty of tequila. It's no wonder that the restaurant's San Francisco-style trolley is a hell of a time. It fits up to 25 people, is air-conditioned and has an iPhone jack for the wannabe DJ. Don’t waste your time ordering three Ubers for your group, just hop on the tacos and tequila trolley to keep the good times rolling. (312-462-3671, federaleschicago.com)
At Limotainment you don’t have a driver—you have a chauffeur. Select your party bus from a fleet of stylish vehicles, which can accommodate up to 36 people. You’ll enjoy a state-of-the-art sound system, TVs, leather wrapped seats and complimentary drinks. Whether you’re letting loose for a birthday party or bachelorette party the company offers a handful of packages to upgrade your experience. Its tailgate package includes unlimited beers and mimosas with steak tacos, burgers, beer-battered brats stuffed with cheese curds, homemade potato salad and a cheese platter. We’re drooling. (312-546-4494, limo-tainment.com)
The Barrel Run
If you’re a beer lover, a bus that looks like a giant beer barrel is an obvious choice. The 22-person bus boasts a cylindrical shape, wood staves and steel hoops. The vintage-inspired bus offers brewery tours, distillery tours and gangster tours in Chicago but it’s also available for private events, weddings and parties. The man who started the company, David Baker, has an affinity for building vintage vehicles and studied mechanical and fluid power engineering. No wonder this is such a unique ride. (312-718-3295, barrelrun.com)
VIP Limousine Inc.
If you’re imagining some epic entrance that screams VIP, then your only choice is the stretch Cadillac with butterfly doors. It fits up to 24 passengers but, heck, why not just rent it out for yourself and pretend you've made it big? It comes with four bars, 10 screens (including two 32-inch HD TVs), a lounge area, a killer sound system, laser and fiber optic lights, a fireplace and an aquarium. Plus, VIP Limousine will literally roll out the red carpet for you, so don’t wait to hop into one of its luxurious buses and vehicles. (773-971-0215, viplimousineinc.com)