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Why rent a car in Chicago?

The Windy City is a great location for a city trip, with a number of zoos, museums and other attractions to check out. The best way to get around town is with a Chicago hire car. Navy Pier can be found on the shore of Lake Michigan, with rides, shops and food, and visitors to Shedd Aquarium can get a glimpse of a range of marine habitats.

How to get to and around Chicago?

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the best way to get to Chicago, and you can get into the city centre from the airport in about half an hour with a Chicago rental car. Michigan city is around an hour's drive from Chicago. The main attraction in Michigan is its eponymous lake, which provides opportunities for surfing, swimming and boating – for example at Washington Park Beach. Old Michigan City Light is a lighthouse and museum in the harbour that is a more relaxed way to pass the time.

Hiring a car in Chicago city centre

You can pick up a hire car either in the city centre or at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Chicago has seasonal parking restrictions, so to avoid picking up a ticket, make sure you understand the signs and ask a local if you're not sure. Many hotels offer parking, so this is worth exploring when you rent a car in Chicago.

What brands are available?

If you want to rent a car in Chicago, the following companies are available:

  • Dollar
  • Thrifty
  • Alamo
  • National
  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Chicago

    Milwaukee takes an hour and a half to reach when you hire a car in Chicago. The city is home to the Harley Davidson Museum, where you can find out all about the history of this iconic motorbike brand, and Discovery World is a science museum with exhibits about technology and conservation.

    Indianapolis is around three hours' drive with a Chicago car rental. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a giant interactive museum with a range of things for kids to get their hands on, including a planetarium and science labs. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest auto racetrack in the world, so it's worth getting there to see a race if your timing is right.

    The home of Abraham Lincoln from 1844-1861, Springfield has lots of attractions paying tribute to this great American leader, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in the location of his home, and the Lincoln Tomb, where he was laid to rest. Springfield is around three hours from Chicago.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the US

    Drivers in the US must use the right hand side of the road. The speed limit in Illinois is 70mph on highways and 45mph in downtown Chicago. US rental cars are generally automatic, so make sure to ask if you want a manual transmission car.

    Ready to plan your Chicago city break?

    To start organising your trip to Chicago and other parts of the US, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

    FAQs for car hire in Chicago

    What’s the best price car rental in Chicago?

    In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Chicago.

    What’s the average car rental price in Chicago?

    On average, car rentals in Chicago are .

    Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

    When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

    How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

    You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

    Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

    Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

    How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

    To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

    Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Chicago?

    Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

    What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

    A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

    Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

    We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

    What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

    When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

    Where can I find car rentals in Chicago?

    Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.