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Aries Charter Transportation

Chicago , IL

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4525 W. Grenshaw
Chicago, IL US 60624 (map)
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ABOUT US

Aries Charter Transportation - Quality ground transportation for all occasions serving the Chicagoland area and beyond for over two decades with a diverse fleet of mini-buses and... Read more
Aries Charter Transportation - Quality ground transportation for all occasions serving the Chicagoland area and beyond for over two decades with a diverse fleet of mini-buses and motorcoaches. Aries has three sizes of mini-buses- 25, 28 & 39 passengers. Motorcoaches for 55 passengers. For fun - Aries also has a limo-bus that seats 24 passengers. And on weekends we have mini-transit buses (simular to PACE buses) great for parties and for short shuttle trips. Read less
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INFO FOR TRANSPORTATION

What types of cars do you have in your fleet?
Motor Coach, Shuttle
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your fleet and drivers:
Aries has 25, 29 & 39 passenger mini-buses. As well as 55 passenger motor coaches. Our drivers wear a uniform burgandy vest and tie.
What (if any) amenities are your vehicles equipped with?
Our mini-buses and motor coaches have dvd screens, comfortable seating and the motor coaches have a restroom onboard.
Describe any special wedding packages you offer:
Please mention WeddingWire and receive 10% off the hourly rate of service on any vehicle in the Aries fleet.
Do you offer any special group discounts for contracting multiple vehicles?
Multiple vehicle discounts would not be more then the discount already offered to brides through WeddingWire.
Is there a minimum amount of rental time that is required?
Mini-buses have a 4 consecutive hour minimum
 Motor coaches have a 5 consecutive hour minimum
Do you offer more than just pickup and drop-off? If yes, what services?
Aries will work with you to organize the most cost effective transportation you may have on the day of your wedding or rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and/or wedding guests. We also are happy to discuss logistics for the day with you to help you figure out the best use of the vehicle that you hire.
Do you charge for travel time?
We do not charge for travel time within a 30 mile radius of downtown Chicago. Outside the 30 mile radius we do charge for travel time.
What is your overtime rate?
Our overtime charge would be the cost of an additional hour of service. This price varies depending on the size of the vehicle being used.
What (if any) associations are you a member of?
We belong to the following Chambers of Commerce:
 Naperville, Bolingbrook, & Rosemont. As well as the Chicago North Shore CVB, Choose Chicago, Michigan Ave. Assoc., Meet Chicago Northwest, National Assoc. of Catering Executives, and Meeting Planners International.

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Leading up to our wedding we had the tough decision of arranging transportation for our wedding guests along with deciding on renting a bus for our rather large wedding party. However after viewing the limo bus options online and being helped quickly with setting up a contract, we knew we had made the right decision. We didnt have to worry about a thing. The wonderful limo bus arrived early to the hotel and even waited on our bridal party to finish with photos before departing to the Church. (BTW - the Limo Bus is gorgeous inside and very comforable). Anyways, Our driver was very polite and let us not only enjoy the drinks but the different radio stations as well - which helped us relax before the "Big walk down the aisle." After the wedding there was a slight change in plans and we decided to get some outdoor photos before heading to the hotel for the ceremony, however there was nothing to worry about casue they accomodated us with ease and we still got to the reception on time before it started. Great job. Well done!
Leading up to our wedding we had the tough decision of arranging transportation for our wedding guests along with deciding Read more...
Leading up to our wedding we had the tough decision of arranging transportation for our wedding guests along with deciding on renting a bus for our rather large wedding party. However after viewing the limo bus options online and being helped quickly with setting up a contract, we knew we had made the right decision. We didnt have to worry about a thing. The wonderful limo bus arrived early to the hotel and even waited on our bridal party to finish with photos before departing to the Church. (BTW - the Limo Bus is gorgeous inside and very comforable). Anyways, Our driver was very polite and let us not only enjoy the drinks but the different radio stations as well - which helped us relax before the "Big walk down the aisle." After the wedding there was a slight change in plans and we decided to get some outdoor photos before heading to the hotel for the ceremony, however there was nothing to worry about casue they accomodated us with ease and we still got to the reception on time before it started. Great job. Well done! Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Thanks for your review! We always love to hear that our wedding couples and their guests were happy with the service that we provided them.
All the best to you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Antoinette. She coordinated the rehearsal dinner transportation, the day city tour for our guests, and day of transportation. I was a little intimidated by this aspect, but she made it so easy. She even gave us tips and worked out our schedule to save us money.
The buses were all very clean and like new. The drivers were amazing! So flexible, accessable (I got their personal cell phone numbers) and kind. I also asked that they remain a little flexible (i.e. with locations for pictures, departure times, etc) and they rolled with the evening to make it very smooth for our guests and timeline.
I would definitely recommend this company to all of my friends!
I loved working with Antoinette. She coordinated the rehearsal dinner transportation, the day city tour for our guests, Read more...
I loved working with Antoinette. She coordinated the rehearsal dinner transportation, the day city tour for our guests, and day of transportation. I was a little intimidated by this aspect, but she made it so easy. She even gave us tips and worked out our schedule to save us money.
The buses were all very clean and like new. The drivers were amazing! So flexible, accessable (I got their personal cell phone numbers) and kind. I also asked that they remain a little flexible (i.e. with locations for pictures, departure times, etc) and they rolled with the evening to make it very smooth for our guests and timeline.
I would definitely recommend this company to all of my friends! Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this wonderful review! Please, know that you were a joy to work with and made it easy for me to assist you with organizing all of the various transportation logistics you needed for the multiple events you had in relationship to your wedding weekend.
Wishing you all the best and happiness,
Antoinette
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Grick
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
On time, knew where they were going and did what I asked, when I asked. What more can you ask for.
On time, knew where they were going and did what I asked, when I asked. What more can you ask for.
On time, knew where they were going and did what I asked, when I asked. What more can you ask for. Read less
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tergonz
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Aries Charter did a fantastic job transporting our out of town guests to the ceremony and back to their hotels! Our wedding coincided with the Chicago Marathon (LORD!) and Aries was able to accommodate last minute changes to our schedule to insure that all of our guests arrived to the church on time. I spoke with both Antoinette and Lisa, and they were both easy to work with, quite flexible, very informative, and the quality of the service was definitely worth the price. I only wish that they also provided limousine service.
Aries Charter did a fantastic job transporting our out of town guests to the ceremony and back to their hotels! Our Read more...
Aries Charter did a fantastic job transporting our out of town guests to the ceremony and back to their hotels! Our wedding coincided with the Chicago Marathon (LORD!) and Aries was able to accommodate last minute changes to our schedule to insure that all of our guests arrived to the church on time. I spoke with both Antoinette and Lisa, and they were both easy to work with, quite flexible, very informative, and the quality of the service was definitely worth the price. I only wish that they also provided limousine service. Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the review.. We try to make every client's experience as positive as possible. It's nice to hear that we succeed in satisfying our client's needs!
Regards,
Antoinette
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luccalino
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
I researched transportation vendors for almost a month & after almost giving up, I contacted Aries Charter & spoke to Lea who immediately sent me pricing information for their wedding package. My jaw dropped at just how affordable their rates were! I called vendors closer to us in the western suburbs & it was ridiculous at how over priced they were! For a four hour minimum they charge a total of $753 which includes gratuity for the driver, 6% fuel charge & a ground fee. Our package included 1 case of beer, 2 bottles of champagne, 1 case of soda & water! We rented their 15 passenger limo bus & after we made an appointment to look at it in person & it was perfect for our big bridal party. Our driver was Roger & he showed up right on time, picked up all us girls, dropped us off at the church, then picked up the guys & dropped them off at the church. Roger was very professional & had a wonderful personality, he was a true gentleman :) Once we were done taking pictures at Cantigny after our church ceremony, we still had time left before our 4 hours was up & he drove us around while we partied away & got us to the Hilton at 5pm on the dot. Even though gratuity was included, our groomsmen offered him another tip because he was just a great driver. I kid you not, once you see what other transportation vendors are charging, you may want to consider Aries Charter. Everyone loved the limobus & it was very comfortable for all of us!
I researched transportation vendors for almost a month & after almost giving up, I contacted Aries Charter & spoke to Lea Read more...
I researched transportation vendors for almost a month & after almost giving up, I contacted Aries Charter & spoke to Lea who immediately sent me pricing information for their wedding package. My jaw dropped at just how affordable their rates were! I called vendors closer to us in the western suburbs & it was ridiculous at how over priced they were! For a four hour minimum they charge a total of $753 which includes gratuity for the driver, 6% fuel charge & a ground fee. Our package included 1 case of beer, 2 bottles of champagne, 1 case of soda & water! We rented their 15 passenger limo bus & after we made an appointment to look at it in person & it was perfect for our big bridal party. Our driver was Roger & he showed up right on time, picked up all us girls, dropped us off at the church, then picked up the guys & dropped them off at the church. Roger was very professional & had a wonderful personality, he was a true gentleman :) Once we were done taking pictures at Cantigny after our church ceremony, we still had time left before our 4 hours was up & he drove us around while we partied away & got us to the Hilton at 5pm on the dot. Even though gratuity was included, our groomsmen offered him another tip because he was just a great driver. I kid you not, once you see what other transportation vendors are charging, you may want to consider Aries Charter. Everyone loved the limobus & it was very comfortable for all of us! Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thank you for the wonderful review - It's alway nice to hear we're doing our job right! Please keep us in mind for your future life events... Like your 5th or 10th Anniversary party! Or major birthdays!
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Jamie
Wedding:
3/17/2012
4.9/5.0
We wanted a shuttle/bus service to take the groom-half of the bridal party from the hotel to the church; the entire bridal party from the church to pictures, and then to the reception hall; and finally bus guests back and forth from the reception hall to the hotel at the beginning and end of the evening. Aries Charter Transportation was very easy to work with, and the prices were fair. Our bus driver, Mike, was very courteous. You can tell he's been doing this for a while, because he is very profession, even to our more-intoxicated crowd. He was able to maneuver the bus through downtown Naperville to get us exactly where we needed to be. He drove with confidence and safety. There were times I was concerned with the route that he was taking, but he did get us to our destinations with little time loss. I would attribute most of our tardiness to the amount of photographs that we took, and not necessarily the route choices of the bus driver. I would use them again for sure. Our guests certainly appreciated us having offered this service to them. The bus was very clean and the driver did not make a big stink about us consuming beverages and some food items. We are told that the buses are cleaned everyday in house.
We wanted a shuttle/bus service to take the groom-half of the bridal party from the hotel to the church; the entire bridal Read more...
We wanted a shuttle/bus service to take the groom-half of the bridal party from the hotel to the church; the entire bridal party from the church to pictures, and then to the reception hall; and finally bus guests back and forth from the reception hall to the hotel at the beginning and end of the evening. Aries Charter Transportation was very easy to work with, and the prices were fair. Our bus driver, Mike, was very courteous. You can tell he's been doing this for a while, because he is very profession, even to our more-intoxicated crowd. He was able to maneuver the bus through downtown Naperville to get us exactly where we needed to be. He drove with confidence and safety. There were times I was concerned with the route that he was taking, but he did get us to our destinations with little time loss. I would attribute most of our tardiness to the amount of photographs that we took, and not necessarily the route choices of the bus driver. I would use them again for sure. Our guests certainly appreciated us having offered this service to them. The bus was very clean and the driver did not make a big stink about us consuming beverages and some food items. We are told that the buses are cleaned everyday in house. Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this great review. We try very hard to help make wedding transportation run as smoothly as possible. We know first hand how stressful bad transportation can make the day. Thanks for letting us know we succeeded on your day. Mike, is great with the clients and manuvering the vehicle. I've ridden with him and I'm alwasy amazed at his driving skills. All the best to the two of you!
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Katharine
Wedding:
4/24/2010
4.9/5.0
They did a great job. We actually used their minibus services. We had 3 buses transporting guests and bridal party to the ceremony, around Chicago after the ceremony and at between reception, and shuttle runs from the reception to the hotel guests were staying out later in the night. The drivers were very flexible and took guests all over the city where ever the wanted to go as well as the bridal party. Also, the cost of all 3 buses was LESS than what some of the trolley services in Chicago wanted to charge. Aries did a great job and they were very dependable. Always on time.
They did a great job. We actually used their minibus services. We had 3 buses transporting guests and bridal party to the Read more...
They did a great job. We actually used their minibus services. We had 3 buses transporting guests and bridal party to the ceremony, around Chicago after the ceremony and at between reception, and shuttle runs from the reception to the hotel guests were staying out later in the night. The drivers were very flexible and took guests all over the city where ever the wanted to go as well as the bridal party. Also, the cost of all 3 buses was LESS than what some of the trolley services in Chicago wanted to charge. Aries did a great job and they were very dependable. Always on time. Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

THANK YOU! We're glad we were part of your day and did a great job making our part of it go smooth for you... We look forward to hearing from you again as life events happen for you two!
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adobratz42
Wedding:
5/2/2009
4.4/5.0
We didn't want a limo since the shortest one in our bridal party was 5' 6" tall so worked with Leah Schwartz to arrange transportation and liquor in our party bus. She was really easy to work with and we thought they were very reasonably priced. She emailed us the cell phone number of Prentiss our driver the day before. Gladly, I never needed it. The limo bus arrived early and was very clean. Prentiss knew his way around the city and was able to route where ever we needed him to for photos and lunch. He was awesome. I would gladly work with them again. The only suggestion I had for them is to figure out someway of adding the liquor on the bus. They had it in a large bin on the floor and it was challenging to get around it.
We didn't want a limo since the shortest one in our bridal party was 5' 6" tall so worked with Leah Schwartz to arrange Read more...
We didn't want a limo since the shortest one in our bridal party was 5' 6" tall so worked with Leah Schwartz to arrange transportation and liquor in our party bus. She was really easy to work with and we thought they were very reasonably priced. She emailed us the cell phone number of Prentiss our driver the day before. Gladly, I never needed it. The limo bus arrived early and was very clean. Prentiss knew his way around the city and was able to route where ever we needed him to for photos and lunch. He was awesome. I would gladly work with them again. The only suggestion I had for them is to figure out someway of adding the liquor on the bus. They had it in a large bin on the floor and it was challenging to get around it. Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the very positive review! At Aries Charter, we strive to provide our client with professional quality service and it's nice to hear that we accomplished that with you! We also appreciate the suggestion on the cooler. Thank you, again for using Aries.
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
8/27/2010
2.6/5.0
I hired these guys to provide wedding day transportation for a client. We had two different drivers. The first one was completely unprofessional, yelling at me on the phone, telling the guests that he "bleeping can't do this anymore" (referencing his job) and acting incredibly put out that he had to transport guests. We paid for him to transport guests until 6:30 pm. When he got back to the hotel at 6:00 he waited for five minutes, decided that no one else was coming and LEFT. Completely unacceptable and unprofessional. When I found out, I called him and told him to turn around and get back there, which he begrudgingly did. The wedding started late on account of them.

On the flip side, Reuben was the driver for the return trip and he was amazing. Kind, courteous, wonderful. If we had him for both trips I would have given them five stars. If you hire them, be sure to request a senior driver.
I hired these guys to provide wedding day transportation for a client. We had two different drivers. The first one was Read more...
I hired these guys to provide wedding day transportation for a client. We had two different drivers. The first one was completely unprofessional, yelling at me on the phone, telling the guests that he "bleeping can't do this anymore" (referencing his job) and acting incredibly put out that he had to transport guests. We paid for him to transport guests until 6:30 pm. When he got back to the hotel at 6:00 he waited for five minutes, decided that no one else was coming and LEFT. Completely unacceptable and unprofessional. When I found out, I called him and told him to turn around and get back there, which he begrudgingly did. The wedding started late on account of them.

On the flip side, Reuben was the driver for the return trip and he was amazing. Kind, courteous, wonderful. If we had him for both trips I would have given them five stars. If you hire them, be sure to request a senior driver. Read less
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Aries Charter Transportation responded with the following comments:

We're very sorry for your negative experience. We strive to give our client's the best service we can. Unfortunately, sometimes things go awry. As you said the second half of your service went well. That is our normal level of service. The driver you had for the first part of service has been spoken to. Wishing you all the best in your new life together.
Antoinette

DEALS

10% discount off of the hourly rates on Aries Charter Transportation's Mini-buses or Motorcoaches!
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10% discount off of the hourly rate on our mini-buses or motorcoaches. Ask for Antoinette and mention that you found us on Wedding Wire! We serve Chicago and the suburbs. 773.826.2000
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10% discount off of the hourly rates on Aries Charter Transportation's Mini-buses or Motorcoaches!
Print Deal
Redeem In-Store  
10% discount off of the hourly rate on our mini-buses or motorcoaches. Ask for Antoinette and mention that you found us on Wedding Wire!
Deal #WW471708373a4c6bba
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