About Paragon Car & Van Rental
Paragon Car & Van Rental has served Chicago since 1962 and is proud to be locally owned and operated. Our goal is to serve our customers as best we can. The word “paragon” means excellence, and we hope to show you how we live up to our name. Call (773) 622-7660 today to reserve a car, van, or SUV, or use our online form to request a quote.
From Humble Beginnings
When we call ourselves a locally owned business, what we really mean is that this is our family business. Our owner, Phil, took over the business from his father, Joseph. Joseph got started in the industry working as a district manager for a corporate rental company in Chicago. Later, he would go on to work for a large Chicago car dealership. When the dealership expanded and opened its own leasing and rental business, Joseph took over as the manager. He eventually bought the rental business from the dealership and started a long career running his very own rental business: Paragon!
It’s All in the Family
Later, Joseph’s son, Phil, took over ownership of Paragon, and he’s still running the business today. Phil started managing the business in 1980 and has owned Paragon since 1988. His brother, Ernie, worked as the mechanic back then too, and his brother, Michael, works closely with the family as well. From the beginning, it’s been a family business. To this day, Phil, Ernie, and Michael are still in business together.