Getting from point A to point B is a whole lot more fun when you’re riding aboard the Chicken Limo. If you live in Indianapolis, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of this bright yellow limousine with a giant chicken head on top cruising along the city streets. It even clucks.
Rentable for bachelor/bachelorette outings, children’s birthday parties, rides to concerts, wine/beer tours or any other special event, the Chicken Limo’s been clucking around central Indiana for more than a decade. Launched in 2006, the enterprise is owned and operated by Indiana University grad John Barker. The idea for the business hatched after Barker’s stepdad saw a chicken car in Los Angeles while he was in town visiting a friend/business associate and suggested Barker give something similar a try back home in Indiana.
“I just upgraded the Chicken Limo last year from a ’96 to ’04 with 200,000 less miles,” Barker said. “It’s made my life a lot easier with maintenance.”
Chauffeured Chicken Limo rides include plush leather seating for up to eight adults, a subwoofer sound system with Bluetooth connectivity, several small TVs and ice-filled coolers for BYOB drinks.
Barker added a 15-seater Hippo Party Bus to the mix in 2012 after brainstorming with kids during a party about what they’d like to see him do next, and a new Dragon Wagon is on track to join the fleet later this year.
To kick off his 10th birthday, my son and I rented the Chicken Limo for a quick one-hour ride from our home to Monument Circle/Downtown Indy and back, stopping to grab a quick breakfast on the way.
The kiddo loved riding in style, and the looks and laughs we got from people we passed on the street? Priceless.