Road Trip Prep

Is the open road calling your name? Before you head out of town, give your car a little TLC. From auto mechanics to car washes, put these Chicago favorites on your pre-trip to-do list.

Updated: May 14, 2007


Take your car for a tune up before you tune out.

Firestone Tire & Auto Ctr

1550 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Free visual inspections, tune-ups, oil changes and brake services take the hassle out of car maintenance.

Midas Auto Svc Experts

158 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610

The Midas Touch Maintenance Package involves a full work-over on your vehicle, ensuring its readiness for the road.

Expert Auto Ctr

5351 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60632

Washes / Detailing

It may not be clean at the end, but at least start your trip with a car that gleams.

Gold Coast Car Wash

875 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610

A hand wash plus the options of a buff and wax, interior detailing and an engine clean will have your car in top shape for the trip ahead.

Logan Square Hand Car Wash & Detailing

2436 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

White Glove Car Wash

1415 W Shakespeare Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

For detailing, choose from serveral packages for either full service or exterior only.

Wise Hand Car Wash

1811 W Wise Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193


Don't have wheels? Rent your vacation mobile at one of these Chicago picks.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

201 W Madison St, Fl 3*, Chicago, IL 60606

North America's largest rental car company boasts a fleet of more than 500,000 vehicles, including 120 different models. Long-term rentals are available.

Avis Rent A Car North Loop-Downtown

214 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60601

Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rentals

1301 Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402

Harley motorcycle rentals, guided tours, and one-way trips between franchise locations are available; also rents ATVs, jet skis and dirt bikes.