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Illinois Wheelchair Travel

The "Corn State" (also known as "the Land of Lincoln") is home to the world's first skyscraper and the first McDonald's burger restaurant! Illinois has a cornucopia of wheelchair accessible attractions to explore--so let's take a look!

Sky Deck, Chicago

Willis Tower

The Sky Deck is on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at a whopping 1,450 feet or 110 stories tall. The Sky Deck offers breathtaking views that allow visitors to see more than 50 miles and four states.

For a heart-throbbing view, visit the deck's glass ledges. The ledges extend out 4.3 feet from the Sky Deck's 103rd floor and provide astonishing perspectives of Chicago. The frequent forehead marks left behind on the Sky Deck's original windows influenced the development of the ledges. Visitors wanted to look down and all around which was prevented by "regular" windows. Thus, the Ledges were produced to allow a never-before-seen perspective of Chicago.

Too scared to take on the Ledge? Don't worry. There are video screens that allow you to see the views the Ledge has to offer. You can also find exhibits that elaborate on the tower's history and culture of Chicago. Reaching for the Sky is a film presented in the Sky Deck's theater, and it describes how the tower came to be. Even the ride up to the observation deck is an educational event--the elevator provides reference points of the ascending height.

The Skydeck is completely wheelchair accessible. There are ramps that make wheelchair access easy, and the elevator can accommodate a wheelchair or scooter with no problem.

Navy Pier, Chicago

The ferris wheel at Navy Pier

The Navy Pier, located along Lake Michigan, is packed with more than 50 miles of things to do--from parks, promenades, and gardens, to shops, restaurants, and a few surprises!

Prepare to be a bit dizzy if you dare to partake in the Funhouse Maze and Time Freak attractions! The Funhouse Maze takes you through 4,000 square feet of sensory bliss--can you find your way out? Time Freak is a challenge against the clock and competitors. Who can hit the most buttons as they light up? Both attractions are wheelchair accessible.

You can also find the Chicago Children's Museum at the pier. This is a place built for children 10 and under, and, of course, their families. Kids can climb on a ship, play in a tree house, assemble a building, piece together a flying machine, make a dam for a river, drive a fire truck, and make a piece of art to take home! Little ones leave the museum with their creative wheels spinning!

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a "must see" within the pier. This is the only museum in the US that is solely dedicated to glass windows. Take in the beauty of the magnificent 150 windows on display. The windows are divided by four different artistic themes: Victorian, Prairie, Modern, and Contemporary.

These are just a few of the attractions found at Navy Pier. Visit for a larger list.

Wheelchairs are available at the Family Pavilion near the West entrance, and at the East End Security Post as well. All levels of the pier are accessible by elevators. The East and West garages have accessible parking, including wheelchair van parking. The Pier is just one of many locations in Illinois that makes the state a hot spot for wheelchair travel!

Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield

Bottlenose Dolphin

There are grrrrreat things to do and see at the Chicago Zoological Society! For an extra fee, see their Dolphin Presentations and be blown away by what these animals can do! Ever wanted to see what the life of a zookeeper is like? Wild Encounters allows visitors to go behind the scenes of exhibits and help the keepers feed and take care of the animals! Motor Safari takes you around the zoo and has four different spots where you can get on and off. The Hamill Family Play Zoo allows children and their families to touch animals, build habitats, paint murals, examine animal X-rays, plant gardens, dress up as a bird, discover insects, and so much more! If you'd like to sit down and relax while eating a delicious meal or just pick up a snack, there are plenty of dining options located within the zoo. Take home a souvenir from one of the zoo's stores!

Wheelchairs are available for rent. However, quantities are limited and it's suggested to call in advance to reserve your equipment. To avoid any interruptions to your visit, ask a staff member for an "Access" sticker, which alerts the staff your mobility device is being used as an ADA personal mobility device.

Paramount Theatre, Aurora

Iconic Paramount Theater

The architecture alone is a reason to visit Paramount Theatre. The theatre opened in 1915 and was developed by the Aurora Theatre Company. The theme of the theatre was influenced by "Venice" and Art Deco designs of the1920s and early 1930s. Rapp & Rapp designed the theatre, which was described by David Naylor in American Picture Palaces--The Architecture of Fantasy as "their best Art Deco theatre."

Over years of use, the Paramount began to show wear-and-tear. Around the 1970s the theatre began the process of restoration to obtain its former appearance. Fortunately, the reconstruction of the interior only needed touching up, and the original look of the theatre is still intact.

Not only is the interior astounding, but the performances are remarkable! Make a night of it, drive your wheelchair van and dine at one of the restaurants located in downtown Aurora beforehand or grab dessert at the Paramount Theatre Cafe, which is open one hour prior to show times. Adult beverages are available in the lobby before the performances and during intermissions. Drinks are allowed in the theatre, but food is prohibited.

The Paramount Theatre is wheelchair accessible on the orchestra level. Each accessible seat is slightly elevated and can be easily removed. If you require the space for a wheelchair, an usher will remove the chair when you arrive. Restrooms are accessible on ground level or can be accessed by ramps.

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

Pretty peacock at the zoo

You'll completely forget that the Lincoln Park Zoo is surrounded by buildings when you are immersed into its world of wildlife! This is the place to be if you're an animal lover. What makes this zoo even more attractive? Admission is FREE!

Pet a snake or a blue-tongued skink at the Meet an Animal session at Regenstein Small-Mammal Reptile House, grab a bite to eat at the Park Place Cafe or Cafe Brauer, check out 15 exhibits and animal houses, and if you just can't get enough of the zoo, grab your pajamas and Sleep Under the Skyscrapers with the animals!

Wheelchairs are available for rental. The Lincoln Park Zoo is completely wheelchair accessible!

Super Museum, Metropolis

Super Hero

Metropolis is home to Superman and the Super Museum! For comic-book fanatics, or simply superman fans, the Super Museum is the place to be! You'll see more than 20,000 items from the past 70 years--dating back to the first debut of the Man of Steel in 1938. Items include nearly every Superman toy ever manufactured, props from the Christopher Reeve movies like the "flying pan" (the special effects device that allowed Superman to "fly"), and the only George Reeves costume that still exists!

The Super Museum was awarded the "#1 Small Town Attraction in America," and has also been featured on The Daily Show, Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, Treasures in your Home, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, "Kovel's on Collecting", TNN, "E!" Entertainment Television, Unsolved Mysteries and other media! Experience for yourself why the Super Museum has been featured on so many different shows!

Both the museum and the gift shop are wheelchair accessible.

The Morton Arboretum, Chicago

Golden trees in autumn

Prepare to be blown away by the Morton Arboretum's stunning plant life! Explore 1,700 acres of magnificent scenic views, plant collections, and carefully planned landscapes. There are 16 miles of trails, nine of which are paved roads and wood-chipped trails. View 41,000 labelled specimens of plants throughout the Arboretum! If all the exploring works up an appetite, visit the Ginkgo Restaurant, which overlooks the gorgeous Meadow Lake.

All buildings, paved garden paths, and trails are accessible. The paved paths can be found in the Ground Cover Garden, Fragrance Garden, Herb Garden, Four Seasons Garden, and Children's Garden. Paved trails include Meadow Lake Trail, Conifer Walk, Joy Path, Big Rock Visitor Station, and the Prairie Visitor Station. There are also wheelchairs available for rental--supplies are limited.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Modern Art

Permanent collections and traveling exhibits are here to explore, offering a large diversity of cultures and artworks. Check out the current and upcoming traveling exhibits on the Art Institute of Chicago's website.

The Art Institute of Chicago features various gallery talks, performances, lectures, and social events. Click on the institute's calendar to see what's going on during your visit. If you get hungry, there are plenty of dining options available within the museum, such as Terzo Piano, Museum Cafe, Caffe Moderno, and the McKinlock Court Restaurant.

The entire museum is wheelchair accessible. Keep in mind that the Michigan Avenue Entrance is wheelchair accessible, but no drop-offs are permitted. If you need/or would like to be dropped off, you must do so at the Modern Wing Entrance on Monroe Street.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield

President Abraham Lincoln

Visit the world-class library and museum completely dedicated to American presidents--specifically Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in two separate buildings--the Museum and the Library across the street.

Highlights of the museum include plenty of educational and inspiring exhibits on Lincoln's life, along with a rotating exhibit that features precious artifacts related to Lincoln. Enjoy performances such as plays and musicals that recall the time of Lincoln and his legacy. Entertaining plays can be seen in the Museum Plaza, Union Theatre, and occasionally in exhibit areas and outside in Union Square Park.

The Library is full of materials, including an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln family letters, and Barry and Louise Taper's collection of Lincolniana and assassination materials. It is also home to more than eight miles of preserved books, original maps, and personal papers and records of Illinois' political, business, and cultural leaders.

One thing is for sure--you won't leave the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum without learning a thing or two!

The museum is wheelchair accessible. Guest in wheelchairs can be dropped off at the Museum's main entrance at Sixth and Jefferson. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

First Lady Architectural Cruise, Chicago

River tour in Chicago

Come aboard a spectacular 90-minute river tour, where the amazing architecture of Chicago can be appreciated from a unique perspective! What was once nothing more than a swamp is now home to stunning, world-famous buildings.

The cruise is narrated by Chicago Architecture Foundation-certified experts who describe the architectural designs of more than 50 buildings and enlighten you about the beginnings of the city of Chicago and its magnificent architecture. Chicago is home to more moveable bridges than any other city in the world--it has more than four dozen! The tour features 13 of these bridges, and, of course, spectacular views of landmarks, and points of interest in downtown Chicago.

The cruise is wheelchair accessible with ramps and wheelchair seating on board.

It may be "The Corn State", but there's nothing corny about a wheelchair vacation to Illinois, "The Land of Lincoln." Just don't wait "four score and seven years" to make the trip!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2014 Used 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$37,499 $38,999

  • Stock #: 437085A
  • Mileage: 19,894 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, DVD Player, Leather, Transfer Seat, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2011 Used 2011 Toyota Sienna LE Wheelchair Van

USED Toyota Sienna LE
NEW AMS Vans Exodus Conversion

$25,995 $26,995

  • Stock #: 072731
  • Mileage: 93,428 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Short
  • Features: Backup Camera, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$43,495 $44,995

  • Stock #: 855461
  • Mileage: 28 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base

Vehicle Exterior

Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers


  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior

Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)


  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment

Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood

Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics


  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure


  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock


  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test


  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly


  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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