Eating and Restaurants with Tour Groups

Finding a restaurant that can accommodate large groups for meals is not always an easy task. You have a lot of people with different taste preferences who need to eat on a timetable. So how do you make the stars align?

First, you can check out our restaurant finder directory, which will help you find a place to meet your needs. All of the restaurants listed on BusRates.com are members of NTA, the National Tour Association, and are extremely familiar with catering to both large and small tour groups.

Once you’ve made your selection, you may also want to ask the manager things like…

  • How much notice do you need for our group?
  • Can the streets and nearby parking accommodate a charter bus?
  • Do you require an advance deposit? If so, how much?
  • Will the group be able to order off the full menu? Or a selected few items?

More questions can be found here to help you guide the conversation with the restaurant manager about your group travel’s meal planning. Or, if you are ready to move forward, you can just click on “request a quote” to get more information on pricing.

Beyond that, get ready to dig in!

Group Travel Planning in Chicago, Illinois

 

Pick your group’s coach and plot a course for the jewel of the Midwest. Chicago’s nickname may be “Second City,” but it is second to none for planning your group travel. It doesn’t matter what time of year you are targeting for your group’s trip. Yeah, we know that it can be incredibly cold or sweltering hot, depending on the month, but there are three “B’s” that make Chicago a great idea regardless of the season or the weather:

Blues

This uniquely American music originated from the Windy City from locals like Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters, and provides a pulse the Loop. From lavish halls to hole-in-the-wall bars, Chicago is brimming with places to feast on the blues.

Broadway

Rain or shine… the show must go on, and Chicago is one of the liveliest theater communities outside of New York. The 2013 season boasts a roster of award winning productions, such as “Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” along with pre-Broadway viewings of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Big Fish.” Be sure to make the experience complete by checking out restaurant offerings near the theater at our restaurant directory.

Beef

While you’re searching for restaurants for your group’s Chicago trip, you have to schedule in some time for steak. Think about it… you wouldn’t go to Italy and not have pasta, right? The same is true for the Midwest, where beef is king. And, it’s not just the steak. It’s the potato, the drinks, the dark wood and candle light. Dining at a Chicago steakhouse is an experience, not just a meal. No matter how you cut it. You can’t go wrong with a Chicago steak dinner.

There’s actually no shortage of activities in Chicago. These are just a collection of attractions that will shine regardless of the sun.

Group Travel Safety and Planning

Today we feel like stating the obvious: we are your partner in producing safe and reliable group travel experiences. We know that you have a lot of options when it comes to pulling your group’s trip together, so we honor that by presenting safe options and quality information for making informed decisions. Our directories are the gateway to setting a safe course.

Picking the charter bus:

Whether this is your first charter or you’ve lost count, picking the right rental bus for your needs is vital for travelers comfort, as well as safety. We have an easy-to-follow guide to help you determine which charter works for you.

We also provide a summary of bus charter safety regulations so you can be informed.

Did you know: all bus operators are required to carry a current DOT Physical Exam Card, be drug tested under DOT rules and regulations, and maintain a log for miles and hours of service?

Choosing the hotel:

When selecting a hotel, remember that all of the properties in the BusRates.com hotel directory are members of the National Tour Association, whose members specialize in the North American tourism business and are committed to quality travel experiences.

They are intimately familiar with providing hospitality services to groups of all sizes, so you know they can manage your groups’ needs. Additionally, mapping features will enable you to view the facility’s location, so you can familiarize yourself with the area. Situational awareness is a strong added value in safety planning.

There are numerous other safety factors to take into consideration when planning for group travel (ground rules, packing a first aid kit, insurance, etc). However, this is how we can help you hit the road safely with peace of mind.