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The Magnificent Mile Tours

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The Magnificent Mile
Fashion, architecture, and history in Chicago come together on this renowned stretch of Michigan Avenue nicknamed the Magnificent Mile. As you walk from the Chicago River to Oak Street, you’ll pass several Windy City landmarks, including the Water Tower, John Hancock Center, and Tribune Tower, as well as numerous luxury brand retailers.

The Basics
The Magnificent Mile is one of the most prestigious sections of pavement in the country—a Chicago must-do, even if you’re only window-shopping. Its central location and prominent place in the city’s cultural landscape mean its featured on just about every sightseeing tour, whether on foot, bus, bicycle, trolley, or Segway. To get a sweeping view of the Magnificent Mile, head up to 360 Chicago, an observation deck inside the John Hancock building.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Magnificent Mile is a must-see for fashionistas, architecture buffs, and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the Magnificent Mile stretches for 13 blocks.
  • Public restrooms are located at Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan Shops, and The Shops at North Bridge.

How to Get There
The Magnificent Mile is well-connected by public transportation, with numerous bus lines stopping along North Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street. If you’re walking along the Chicago River, hop aboard a water taxi for a unique ride to the Magnificent Mile.

When to Get There
The Magnificent Mile is always on—a buzzing hub of shopping, dining, and sightseeing throughout the day and well into the night. If you’d like to see the neighborhood at its most photogenic, plan to visit during the holiday season when the entire stretch is illuminated in twinkling lights.

Magnificent Mile, By the Numbers
There’s a ton to see and do in and around the Magnificent Mile. This stretch of road is home to more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and 60 hotels. Some of the city’s top attractions can be found here as well, including the 360 Chicago Observatory, Chicago Sports Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Address: Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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44 Tours and Activities to Experience The Magnificent Mile

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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city and hits on both classic attractions and little-known sites. Beginning at the Chicago Theatre, work your way to the Chicago Pedway, an elaborate network of underground tunnels used by locals and commuters. Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile, then embark on a food tour to taste some of the city’s famous foods.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.30
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$102.30
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.10
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$26.10
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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

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Stroll through downtown Chicago on this walking food tour. Visit Millennium Park, the Palmer House Hotel and other city landmarks. Taste quintessential Chicago foods such as deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, plus chocolates and pastry. All food tastings are included, and the tour covers an easy 1.5 miles (2.4 km) suitable for most fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.99
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.95
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.95
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$52.95
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Private Chicago Architecture Tour

Private Chicago Architecture Tour

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Ever since Chicago became the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, the city has been renowned for its architectural creativity and ingenuity. Led by an expert guide, explore some of the city’s most iconic buildings such as Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, historic brownstones, and the homes of Oak Park designed by beloved architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You will be able to explore the insides of some locations on this completely customizable tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$660.00
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$660.00
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Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

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The Windy City is known for its spectacular architecture and eclectic food scene. Experience both on this tour through the downtown that combines sights with nibbles. Take in famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Cloud Gate on foot and with the scenic L train or water taxi along the Chicago River. Taste popcorn and chocolate from two beloved city eateries during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods

Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods

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Pedal past the lakefront neighborhoods of Chicago's North Side on this bike tour of the Windy City. Follow a local guide along quiet streets, city parks and scenic beaches, starting at Lake Shore Drive and continuing along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile. Catch a glimpse of the Playboy Mansion, Oprah’s penthouse and the Victorian houses of Old Town. Select from several departure times in the morning or afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.99
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$49.99
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Big Bus Chicago Night Tour

Big Bus Chicago Night Tour

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See Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night during this 75-minute Big Bus tour. The entire loop takes passengers from the Magnificent Mile to Michigan Avenue, through the Museum Campus and around the architectural gems on the Loop skyline. Live commentary in English.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.10
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

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This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.95
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Cultural Mile Walking Tour of Chicago

Cultural Mile Walking Tour of Chicago

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Discover the sights and sounds of Chicago’s various cultural scenes on a 2-hour walking tour. The 1.5-mile route covers music, literature, art, and architecture within the Windy City. Hear insider stories about Chicago's cultural movements and visit little-known locations linked to iconic artists.  Be sure to have your camera ready for the pièce de résistance, the Tiffany stained glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Rather than taking selfies everywhere you go or trusting a stranger to take a picture for you, leave capturing the special moments to us. You will be escorted by a local professional photographer who will guide you through your chosen route and will take pictures of your experience so you can return home with the ultimate souvenir. Your photo tour includes: -Your choice of a 30 minute, 1-hour, or 2-hour private tour with a professional photographer -High-resolution edited images delivered via a private online gallery within 1-2 days -Enjoy unlimited access to your photos and download as many as you would like with no expiration date *not all stops may be included depending on the length of time you select.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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2-Hour History of Chicago Architecture and Art Segway Tour

2-Hour History of Chicago Architecture and Art Segway Tour

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Explore the art and architectural highlights of Chicago on a Segway during this guided tour. This family-friendly tour takes visitors by the outdoor sculptures, landmark buildings, and iconic skyline of the city. Accompanied by educational and informative commentary, this city tour saves you from hours of walking and lets you see all of Chicago's top art and architectural attractions in one tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$75.10
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

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Named for the cable car turnarounds and the prominent elevated railway that encircled the area at the end of the 19th century, the Loop is Chicago's commercial and cultural core. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Chicago, you'll uncover the area's best sights and rich history. Along the way, you'll visit Cloud Gate, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Chicago Loop scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: Tiffany Dome, The Bean, Crown Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago
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  • 2 hours
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We Love Chicago Walking Tour

We Love Chicago Walking Tour

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Downtown Chicago is filled with gems. Some famous, others known only by select locals. Many of these spots are best seen on foot as opposed to a moving vehicle. We'll take you inside several of these architectural masterpieces, to where much of Chicago's real beauty can be seen. We'll also give you time to check out famous public art by the likes of Picasso and Chagall and see the world's very first skyscrapers! All of our tours are led by experienced guide that have been giving quality tours of Chicago since 2005 and have accrued well over 500 five-star reviews. People mostly comment on how our tours are both informative and entertaining. The walk is a little under 2 miles and conducted at a comfortable pace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$35.00
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

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Go beyond the selfies and smartphone shots—and walk away from your Chicago vacation with professional-quality photos—when you book this private photo shoot experience. Meet your professional photographer guide at a time and place of your choosing and practice your poses: they’ll capture upwards of 15 high-resolution digital photos of you and your party, with Chicago’s majestic scenery as your backdrop. Your guide will also share insider knowledge and tips about the Windy City’s key attractions and eateries.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$272.44
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Chicago and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Chicago, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$544.88
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Chicago

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Chicago and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Chicago, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$708.34
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Private Chicago Winter Photoshoot

Private Chicago Winter Photoshoot

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The Chicago Winter Photoshoot is a 30 minute photoshoot, capturing the best of the city sights on the Magnificent Mile as your backdrop. PRICING is PER GROUP, not per person. If you sign up as 1 adult this will qualify as payment for your entire group. Gather your nearest and dearest and start the new year out just right, with a fun city photoshoot! We will walk within a few block radius to capture the perfect photos and memories with your significant other, family, and/or friends. If you are planning to propose, let us know and we can help execute your plan. After the photoshoot, the professional photographer will send you all of the unedited photos. You will select 20 photos to be edited and receive as digital prints to treasure as keepsake. This magical winter session will be a fun, festive, and memorable occasion!
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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2 Hours Chicago Sightseeing Tour - Luxury Private Stretch Limo / 8 Passengers

2 Hours Chicago Sightseeing Tour - Luxury Private Stretch Limo / 8 Passengers

Choose the number of hours and we can help you make the most out of your time! Book a VIP treatment to see the city in your private car. Our knowledgeable drivers will do the hard work so that you an enjoy the view. Limo service Hop on - hop off, call today to customize your tour. This particular tour is for 2 hours, any additional time will be charged separately. The time starts a the prearranged pick-up time and it ends when we drop you off at your final stop.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Chicago O'hare One Way Airport Transfer to/from Hotel

Chicago O'hare One Way Airport Transfer to/from Hotel

Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to get your business trip or vacation started. Reliable transportation that you can count on. Professional chauffeured-driven in luxury car service. On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles. Pristine Vehicles
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Chicago O'Hare Private Ground Airport/Hotel Transfer - Round-Trip

Chicago O'Hare Private Ground Airport/Hotel Transfer - Round-Trip

Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to get your business trip or vacation started. Reliable transportation that you can count on. Professional chauffeured-driven in luxury car service. On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles. Pristine Vehicles
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$256.00
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$256.00
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Chicago Midway Airport/Hotel Round Trip Private Ground Transfer

Chicago Midway Airport/Hotel Round Trip Private Ground Transfer

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Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to start your vacation or to begin your business trip. Reliable transportation that you can count on. First class limo/car service Professional, friendly and knowledgeable chauffeurs On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$256.00
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