For your next night out with your crew, change things up a bit and take the party on the road. Whether you want to go by land, by pedal or by lake, the Chicago area offers an assortment of ways where you can kick off your party and stay on the move all night. You might even get in a light workout with one of the party places, too. Besides, why not check out the sights while having a drink? To get started in planning a fun night out on the town, consider checking out the following mobile party places.
Chicago Brew Bus
For beer fans, the Chicago Brew Bus is a must-see tour and is a great way to kick off or end the weekend. The tours are on Saturday and Sunday and include stopping in at several different breweries in the area, including Moonshine Brewery and Goose Island Brewery. You can also rent the bus for parties and bring your own beverages and food. It’s also available for pub crawls.
If you’re weary of the old saying “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips” when it comes to enjoying a beer, then we have good news for you. Chicago PedalPub offers you a chance to hop aboard and pedal away to bars and restaurants, making it a fun way to do a pub crawl in Berwyn. While you can’t drink on the bike, you can definitely bring your own food so you can stay refreshed while you pedal; you should also bring bottled water to sip as you bike. The PedalPub carries up to 16 passengers, and several of the seats are non-pedaling, making it an ideal seat for those with limited mobility. The bike can be rented rain or shine, and is available from April 1 to November 30, or until the first hard freeze.
Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
Make it easy to spot your ride for the night by hiring Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. You can bring up to 32 people on board, making it ideal for a night out on the town with your entire crew. You can also bring your own drinks and food, so start your night in style and keep the refreshments going all night long. It’s also a safe way to get around town while enjoying a night out with friends, and you can be picked up and dropped off right at a hotel or other location. If you don’t feel like bar-hopping and having to wait in line to get in and get a drink, you can stay onboard and just cruise around town; after all, is there any prettier sight than Chicago at night?
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Trader Todd’s Transit Authority
3216 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Go for a splash of color and arrive in style to start your night out with Trader Todd’s Transit Authority. The bar has a pink courtesy shuttle that can be rented out year round and is already decorated for a fun night on the town in a tropical island motif. The bus can also be hired to take you and your friends to and from Wrigley Field for a Cubs home game; it leaves from the bar about 30 minutes before the game begins, giving you plenty of time to arrive and get to your seat. The bus can seat approximately 20 of your closest friends, making it a great way to get around town for a birthday party. You can also bring your own drinks, but keep the glass containers at home.
Wendella Boat Tours
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
If you’d rather have a more relaxed trip on a boat, then consider checking out the cheese and wine tastings during the Wendella Boat Tours. Each tasting focuses on wine from a specific region and includes a selection of cheeses. It also includes a tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The wine tastings are held once per month, and the next tasting is scheduled for August 14 at 5:45 p.m.; for ticket information, check out Wendella’s website. If you’re a beer aficionado, then check out Wendella’s monthly beer tasting.
Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I’m a Trader Joe’s Fan. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.