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Car hire in Chicago

Car hire in Chicago

Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the US, located in Illinois in the north of the country. You can get there on several major highways, including the I-290, the I-90 and the I-55. Chicago is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, which means it offers vibrant city life and relaxation by the waterside.

What I need to know

In such a huge city, you’re guaranteed a wide choice of car rental companies. You can use our site to compare car hire and find the best deal. We don’t charge credit card fees, and offer free amendments and cancellation so you don’t have to pay anything if your plans change.

Where to pick up my car

Downtown in the city centre, you can find all the car hire desks. Companies operating in Chicago include Alamo, Avis, National and Hertz. It’s easy to get there, whether you’ve arrived from the airport or Chicago Union Station. Finding Chicago car rental offices is simple as they’re well signposted.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

After picking up your car, you can set off to enjoy the entertainment and fun that Chicago offers. There are music venues, sports stadiums and restaurants for everyone, which means you’ll almost certainly have a great time in the city. Theatres and museums await the culturally curious.

Nearby Chicago

With Lake Michigan so close, you can actually relax on the beach in an inland city. In summer, it’s a great way to spend the day. Just 37km away from Chicago is Waterfall Glen County Forest Preserve, where you can escape the noise and people of the city and recharge your batteries with nature.

Longer drives

You can drive up the I-94 to Milwaukee and learn about its beer brewing history, while tasting a few. You could also head the other way and go around Lake Michigan to reach Beverly Shores, a beautiful town with lakeside beaches that you can enjoy all year.

Eating and drinking

When you get to Chicago, you have to try the deep dish pizza, which the city made famous. You can enjoy a huge variety of toppings, so all tastes are fully catered for. The city has a buzzing nightlife, so you can have a great time after the sun sets.

Things to do

Sports are a big attraction in the city, with football, baseball and ice hockey teams all drawing in huge crowds. There are also a number of museums to visit. You can see the masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry.


You can visit Cloud Gate to get a photo at the incredible bean-shaped sculpture by Anish Kapoor, in which you can get a fascinating reflection of the city. It is found in Millennium Park, where concerts are held in summer and an ice skating rink is set up in winter.