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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?

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