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Car Hire Chicago 

Exploring Chicago: Your Comprehensive Car Rental Guide


The vibrant city of Chicago, known for its iconic architecture, rich history, and diverse culinary scene, is a traveler's dream. Renting a car offers you the convenience and freedom to explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace. Have a look at  our guide below for a smooth ride in the Windy City.

1. Distance to Nearest Airport:

O'Hare International Airport (ORD): Located about 18 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, it's one of the busiest airports globally. A drive to the city center takes approximately 35 minutes via I-90 E.

Midway International Airport (MDW): Situated about 10 miles southwest of downtown, it's a smaller alternative to O'Hare. Expect a 25-minute drive to the city center using I-55 N.

2. Tolls, Road Conditions, and Traffic:

Toll Roads: The Illinois Tollway system includes several roads around Chicago. While some booths accept cash, others are electronic only. It's advisable to opt for an electronic payment system or inquire with your car rental agency about toll payment options.

Road Conditions: Chicago's roads are generally well-maintained. However, the freeze-thaw cycle can cause potholes in winter and spring. Stay vigilant, especially in residential areas.

Traffic: As with any major city, Chicago experiences traffic congestion, especially during rush hours. It's wise to plan your routes and travel times accordingly.

3. Recommended Attractions and Routes:

The Magnificent Mile: Just a 10-minute drive from downtown, this iconic stretch on Michigan Avenue is packed with shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks.

Navy Pier: Located a mere 5-minute drive from downtown, it offers entertainment, dining, and spectacular lake views.

Millennium Park: Home to the famous "Bean" sculpture, this park is right in downtown Chicago.

Museum Campus: A 10-minute drive south of downtown hosts the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.

Drive Along Lake Shore Drive: This scenic route offers unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline. It runs north-south, connecting Chicago's northern and southern neighborhoods.

4. Parking in Chicago:

Street parking is metered in most downtown areas. Pay attention to signs indicating time limits and restrictions.

Numerous parking garages are available throughout the city, with rates varying based on the location and duration.


Chicago is a city teeming with culture, attractions, and experiences. Renting a car allows you to experience its vastness efficiently. Whether you're cruising along Lake Shore Drive, indulging in deep-dish pizza, or immersing yourself in its rich jazz and blues scene, the Windy City promises an unforgettable adventure.

Current Rental Rates in Chicago

Mazda CX-5

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.14 EUR/day
Mazda CX-5

7 Days rental at 288.01 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.71 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 299.00 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.71 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 299.00 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Chicago: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Attractions you can drive to with a hire car in or around Chicago:

  • Millennium Park: Drive to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to see iconic landmarks like the Cloud Gate sculpture (affectionately known as "The Bean"), Crown Fountain, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

  • Navy Pier: Take a drive to Navy Pier, a popular tourist destination on Lake Michigan, featuring attractions like the Centennial Wheel, Chicago Children's Museum, and IMAX theater.

  • Art Institute of Chicago: Drive to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, showcasing a vast collection of art from around the world.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: Drive to Oak Park to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, where the renowned architect lived and worked for 20 years. Take a guided tour to learn about his life and architectural principles.

  • Morton Arboretum: Take a scenic drive to Lisle to explore the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre outdoor museum featuring gardens, woodlands, and trails showcasing a diverse collection of trees and plants.


Chicago - Popular Destinations

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Approximately 90 miles north of Chicago.

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Around 185 miles southeast of Chicago.

  • St. Louis, Missouri: Approximately 300 miles southwest of Chicago.

  • Madison, Wisconsin: Around 150 miles northwest of Chicago.

  • Detroit, Michigan: Approximately 280 miles northeast of Chicago.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Chicago

No.1: ALAMO,
based on 6305 reviews
23 min (average wait time)
based on 523 reviews
19 min (average wait time)
No.3: SIXT,
based on 2698 reviews
18 min (average wait time)

Chicago car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Alamo US Corporate
  • € 287.98
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 41.14
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 36
    Most Popular Type:
  • 14
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 194
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Chicago

January€ 83
February€ 79
March€ 70
April€ 88
May€ 104
June€ 102
July€ 100
August€ 90
September€ 86
October€ 87
November€ 95
December€ 100
January€ 85
February€ 83
March€ 68
April€ 87
May€ 107
June€ 99
July€ 101
August€ 87
September€ 89
October€ 89
November€ 88
December€ 98
January€ 116
February€ 110
March€ 101
April€ 116
May€ 132
June€ 120
July€ 117
August€ 111
September€ 120
October€ 121
November€ 127
December€ 130
January€ 89
February€ 84
March€ 76
April€ 84
May€ 108
June€ 98
July€ 102
August€ 101
September€ 92
October€ 90
November€ 98
December€ 104
January€ 102
February€ 91
March€ 83
April€ 98
May€ 113
June€ 106
July€ 103
August€ 98
September€ 102
October€ 99
November€ 109
December€ 107
January€ 70
February€ 67
March€ 67
April€ 68
June€ 62
July€ 82
August€ 71
September€ 67
October€ 66
November€ 116
December€ 88
January€ 104
February€ 99
March€ 93
April€ 102
May€ 121
June€ 111
July€ 115
August€ 113
September€ 111
October€ 112
November€ 112
December€ 124
January€ 76
February€ 77
March€ 74
April€ 100
June€ 117
July€ 103
August€ 97
September€ 84
October€ 91
November€ 101
December€ 99

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