I get quite a few questions from parents who would like to know if I cover their part of the Chicago suburbs, so for this post, I wanted to answer that question.
For the most part, I service the northwest suburbs, the western suburbs, and some of the northern suburbs. I’ve taken events as far away as Rockford as well, if they’re long enough. My rule of thumb is that the event needs to be as long as my drive there and back, so if the event is an hour drive oneway, the event needs to be at least two hours long or more.
I cover the city of Chicago sometimes, but usually only the near north or west side, although I’ve had a few events which have taken me downtown. My biggest reason for this is traffic, which can be unpredictable.
I’ve only been late for one event in all the years I’ve been face painting, and that was because I was trapped on I-90 trying to get to a Chicago event, and I couldn’t exit to take a faster route. (One lane of traffic open because they were fixing potholes on a Saturday night. Grrr!) Fortunately, the family was understanding, and since it was an all-night sleepover for the kids, they didn’t care that I arrived 45 minutes past when I was supposed to get there, even though I had given myself and extra 30 minutes beyond what it was supposed to take me to drive to their home. I learned from that situation that sometimes it’s better to simply recommend one of the face painters I know who is closer for city events.
When I give a customer an event quote, it always depends on the distance to his or her event and the length of time I will be there, but for the Chicago and Rockford areas, my rate falls between $125 to $150 per hour.
There are so many suburbs in the Chicago area that I might have accidentally omitted one here or there, but if it’s in the vicinity of any of these, you’ll know it may be in my travel range, and you can shoot me an email for a quote and for me to check. (Keep in mind that for some locations, I have a two- or three-hour event minimum.)
A: Addison, Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Aurora, (North) Aurora
B: Bannockburn, Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia, Belvidere, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Buffalo Grove, Bull Valley, Burr Ridge, (North) Barrington, (South) Barrington, (Port) Barrington
C: Campton Hills, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Cary, Charter Grove, Cortland, Colvin Park, Crystal Lake, (West) Chicago
D: Deer Park, Deerfield, des Plaines, Downers Grove, (East) Dundee, (West) Dundee
E: Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Eola, East Dundee
F: Forest Park, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Franklin Park
G: Garden Prairie, Geneva, Genoa, Gilberts, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights, Grayslake
H: Hampshire, Hartland, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Holiday Hills, Huntley
I: Inverness, Island Lake, Itasca, Ivanhoe,
K: Keeneyville, Kildeer, Kingston, Kirkland
L: La Fox, La Grange, Lake Barrington, Lake Forest, Lake Geneva, Lake in the Hills, Lake Zurich, Lakemoor, Lakewood (Village of), Libertyville, Lily Lake, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Lombard, Long Grove
M: Marengo, McHenry, Medinah, Melrose Park, Mettawa, Montgomery, Mooseheart, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein
N: Naperville, New Lebanon, Niles, Norridge, North Aurora, North Barrington, Northbrook, Northfields, Northlake, Nottingham Woods
O: Oak Brook, Oak Park, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakwood Hills, Orland Park, Oswego
P: Palatine, Park Ridge, Pingree Grove, Plainfield, Plato Center, Port Barrington, Prairie Grove, Prospect Heights
R: River Forest, River Grove, Riverwoods, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville, Roselle, Rosemont, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach
S: Schaumburg, Schiller Park, Skokie, Sleepy Hollow, South Barrington, Spring Grove, St. Charles, Starks, Stone Park, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, Sutton, Sycamore, Sylvan Lake
T: Tower Lakes
V: Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Village of Lakewood, Virgil, Volo
W: Warrenville, Wauconda, Wayne, West Chicago, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Wilmette, Winfield, Wonder Lake, Woodridge, Woodstock