Retired father of 7 children Don Wehrli, went on a Trolley Tour in Washington State. At 67 years young, he came home and ordered a Trolley. On July 3, 1995, he parked the brand new (and first) Trolley on Jefferson Street for all to see, and Naperville Trolley & Tours was born! "Trolley Meister" Don is in full swing!
Daughter Annette Wehrli was looking for some part time work as she was busy raising her two sons. Don did not have a web site or email, so she set those up...and so it began. This led to daily email checks, phone calls, booking events, buying more Trolleys, and her getting her Commercial Driver's License so she could drive Weddings and other special events. Family Transportation that knows a lot of History!
February 28, 2014: Don turns 86, and after watching his daughter help him run the business full time and take it to the "next level", sells Naperville Trolley & Tours to Annette. The sale takes effect at midnight.
On March 1, 2014 daughter Annette Wehrli becomes the "Trolley Chick" and new owner of Naperville Trolley & Tours, and "Trolley Meister" Don retires. He went up to heaven just one year later.
Annette has two sons, Jack and Joe, and is very active in the community. Many call her the "Concierge of Naperville"! Her favorite quotes "If you want something done, ask a busy person!" and of course "There's great satisfaction in making other people happy!"
Her son Jack is in Fireman School in Colorado, and Joe is studying Journalism at Illinois State University. Annette decides, if they are both in school, then she should be too! She has started the Masters in Business program at North Central College. All three hope to graduate together in 2022!
Since purchasing Naperville Trolley & Tours in 2014, Annette has replaced three of the four Trolleys originally purchased with the company with brand new Trolleys. 2020 will bring her 4th new Trolley in the fall, making the fleet entirely new and the most beautiful Trolleys in the State of Illinois! Not all Trolleys are apples to apples, that's for sure. We have a wonderful "Photo Gallery" for you to see our fleet. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something BLUE!!! Ding! Ding!
Watch our website home page with special events to Celebrate Naperville Trolley & Tours 25th Anniversary!!! Ding! Ding!
“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Mark Twain
Naperville Trolley & Tours is 100% female owned by Annette Wehrli