Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car rental in Chicago

Car Hire in Chicago

You can hire a car in Chicago at Enterprise, Advantage, Dollar, Alamo or Rent-A-Wreck, among others. Hertz, Avis, Getaround, Thrifty and Payless are also available. Aside from the airport, agencies where you can rent a car in Chicago are plentiful along Lake Shore Drive. The available models for car hire in Chicago include models like the Chevrolet Spark for economy rentals and a Kia Optima or similar for full-size rentals. Special rentals like a Kia Soul or similar, compacts like the Nissan Versa Note, mini sized cars such as the Toyota Sienna and intermediate vehicles like a Honda Civic are also available. You can pick up your car rental in Chicago at locations throughout the city.

Car Hire at Chicago Airport

Chicago's major airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). If you're looking to rent a car in Chicago, the airport is a good place to start. Thrifty, Alamo Rent A Car, Dollar Rent a Car and Hertz are inside the terminal. Airport shuttles take you to collect your hire car in Chicago. Once you’ve collected your car rental in Chicago, it's about 18 miles to downtown from the airport along Kennedy Expressway East.

Driving in Chicago

Chicago is a busy city, so when you want to hire a car in Chicago to drive, keep an eye out for pedestrians and bikers while you're on the road. The speed limit for areas with no street signs is 30 mph.

Hyde Park is a popular neighbourhood. President Barack Obama lived there as did Muhammad Ali. The district contains Jackson Park, which is a great place to visit if you're a nature lover. The DuSable Museum of African-American History is also in Hyde Park. Roscoe Village has a unique personality; a hand-painted welcome sign greets travellers at the bridge. The small-town atmosphere makes this a comfortable place to stay. Logan Square is an artsy neighbourhood with the Illinois Centennial Monument standing in the centre. Festivals such as the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival make this a great place for art lovers.

Parking in Chicago

Parking meters in residential Chicago generally run about £1.50 an hour from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. In the central business district, expect to pay £3.20 an hour, 8:00 a.m. to midnight. The Loop's parking runs about £5.20 an hour between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Off-hours are half price at around £2.60. However, for specific attractions, parking can sometimes be purchased online for a lower cost. There are several parking garages downtown to park your car rental in Chicago. ParqEx, InterPark and Millennium Lakeside Garage are among the top options.

Where to Go and What to See in Chicago

Once you've got your car hire in Chicago, the Indiana Dunes beach, 54 miles southeast, is a fun trip about an hour’s drive away. When you rent a car in Chicago, several sites to see are about two hours, or around 130 miles, away. All summer, the town of Bloomington-Normal runs a Shakespeare festival. Starved Rock State Park is a beautiful series of sandstone canyons and waterfalls. Apple River Canyon State Park, with quiet woods, fishing and fossils, is a relaxing location for a day trip.

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