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Holiday Parties


Clients and Employees Escape the Vegetable Crudite in the Conference Room
for Fun, Team Holiday Outings

CHICAGO - "Less is more" has definitely been the small business mantra this year. In a time when smaller staff sizes make for harder working employees and tight budgets make splurging on holiday parties difficult for employers to embrace, Chicago Trolley answers with an affordable "outside the cube" idea.

"We are seeing some small companies break tradition with creative new approaches to the holiday gatherings." says John Curran, vice president of Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. "The private function space at a restaurant or hotel can be expensive. Small businesses, for only a few hundred dollars, are renting a 36-seat Chicago Trolley with plans to take their office party to fun places like Christkindlmarket, Navy Pier, or their favorite restaurants and taverns. They see the shared adventure of exploring Chicago as a unique team-building opportunity."

The arrival of a holiday-wreathed red and green Chicago Trolley sets the jovial tone and the itineraries are as unique as the businesses themselves. "We see companies looking to visit restaurants and taverns with holiday decor, or Irish pubs or even chase up to the top of the Hancock for a quick cocktail and a view of the city" says Curran. "Taking a ride among the tiny lights along the Magnificent Mile or sipping champagne while enjoying the city skyline from Lake Shore Drive creates great ambiance for conversation and bonding."

Unlike a bus, Chicago Trolleys have a very open feel to the solid oak and brass cabins, which encourages interaction among all riders. Glass-enclosed and heated in the winter months, these trolleys reflect a simpler time in Chicago's early 20th century history.

Overall, Chicago Trolley's flexible travel options can include dinner shuttles, team building outings, stadium shuttles to the ballparks, real estate tours of developments, convention & tradeshow hospitality and city tours to recruit new associates. Employees and clients are sure to go home with unforgettable memories and a genuine Chicago experience. Chicago Trolley's team of dependable drivers, dispatchers, and support staff combined with careful planning of your logistics will ensure for smooth and professional transportation. Event transportation with Chicago Trolley Co. can be cost effective without sacrificing quality or reputation.

Chicago Trolley also offers an entertaining and lightly narrated Holiday Lights Tour. Chicago's version of a caroling sleigh ride will whisk passengers amongst the festive lights and enchanting sights of wintertime in Chicago, including the beautiful lights of the Magnificent Mile, State Street & Macy's Holiday Windows, Daley Plaza's 40-foot tree, Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest, Christkindlmarket and more.

For more information or to request a quote for private rentals, visit or call 773-648-5000. The Holiday Lights Tour has a fixed rate of $23 per person, with a 25 person group minimum (32 person group maximum Trolley capacity).

About Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. offers a unique and professional transportation service to entertain clients or guests that seek insider's tips on the best of Chicago, or for interesting travel options to transport business and social groups. The affiliated Coach USA companies also provide deluxe motor coach charter service to destinations throughout North America if that is required. The popular tour company has earned two Chicago Visitor's Choice Awards, including honors for Chicago's Best Tours/Transportation and for Best Service.

Founded in 1994, this unique transportation company has entertained and informed millions of locals and visitors on their all-day sightseeing tours and private charters. Today, the 75 vehicle fleet includes 32-passenger San Francisco-style Trolleys, 70-passenger open-top Double Decker buses and three 24-passenger Land Yachts. Recognized as part of the fabric of Chicago, Chicago Trolleys evoke warm, positive emotions at first sight. Each vehicle has unique qualities: trolleys offer an open feel to the seating area, which encourages conversation and networking; the double deckers offer a wind-through-your-hair experience; The Land Yacht offers your associates a comfortable experience while riding in style for a longer excursion.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Topolosky / Mariah Haberman
Carol Fox & Associates, Inc.
773.327.3830 x109 / x105