The holidays are here, and we all have places to go and people to see (Grandma, for starters!). If you plan to fly, you know that getting to the airport with kids is half the journey. Instead of trying your luck with a cab, book a car service that caters to families. We did the legwork for you and found those that go out of their way to accommodate little travelers.

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Going Green Limousine
When a limo rolls up to your house, your kid’s eyes will light up. And yours will too once you see how family friendly Going Green Limousine is. Drivers do pickups and drop-offs in Chicago and the ‘burbs, as well as Northwest Indiana and the Milwaukee area. The fleet is mainly hybrid and flex-fuel vehicles because this company strives to reduce its carbon footprint. Another big plus? No charge for additional passengers, late-night or early-morning runs.  The company offers several types of seats for kiddos: backless boosters ($5), high back boosters ($7) and five-point-harness car seats (rear facing, convertible and forward facing for $10) — all pre-installed before you get picked up. You can get a vehicle with a DVD player by request. Newspapers are also available upon request and are complimentary. Rates start at $55 for sedan service; be prepared to factor in a required 20% gratuity.
773-295-5959 or goinggreenlimousine.com

Chicago Sedan & MiniBus Service
Choose your mode of transport: This service offers sedans, limos, vans and buses. No strangers at making airport runs, they do it at a flat rate or as an hourly charter service. Most larger vehicles have DVD players and can be requested at the time your reservation is made. They offer car seats free of charge, but only carry forward-facing ones. Rates start at $52 for sedan service and a 15% gratuity is added, along with a $6 gas surcharge.
866-967-5612 or chicago-sedan-service-a1.com

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No need to put on your grumpy pants before riding with these guys. The family-friendly small business is known for friendliness and efficiency. It serves Chicago and several surrounding suburbs (check the website for the full list). One thing families appreciate is that last-minute transportation requests can often be accommodated. Uncrabby Cabby offers a flat rate for each service, starting at $75, not including driver gratuity. They have infant seats, forward-facing toddler seats and boosters, and charge an additional $10 for the use of them.
877-202-8294 or uncrabbycabby.com

Chicago’s Finest Limo
This sleek fleet is a bit pricey when compared to the other options, but they offer something special: They’ll monitor your flight status and will change your pick-up/drop-off accordingly. Look to them for sedans, limos, SUV and shuttles. Vehicles with DVD players are available upon request. Car seats — infant, toddler, rear and forward-facing — cost $25 extra. Rates start at $68 for airport service in a sedan; service to the ‘burbs has a slightly higher rate (check website for details). Gratuity is not included.
866-696-0222 or chicagosfinestlimo.com

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Ride In Bliss
Minivans are a big part of what makes this company go. Additionally, it has limos, sedans and SUVs. Car seats are available for use at no extra charge (there are infant seats, boosters and forward-facing toddler seats). Very reasonable flat rates from airports to all suburbs and the Loop start at $90. All other rates are billed per distance and time (the hourly rate is between $65-$150 depending on the vehicle). DVD players are available upon request. Ride In Bliss has an easy online reservation system and often offers a 10% discount to new customers for registering and paying online.
847-845-1151 or rideinbliss.com

Have you ever used a car service with the family? Tell us about it in the Comments section below.

— Angie Berthelsen

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Photos: Scott Woods-Fehr and Jencu on Flickr Creative Commons, Ride In Bliss