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    Car Hire Chicago

    Chicago is America's third largest city by population and a treat for anyone with the opportunity to visit. This beautifully designed city is both hip and historical. In the summer, relax on Oak Street Beach just across the street from Michigan Avenue, known as "The Magnificent Mile" and home to many of Chicago's hotels, shops and restaurants. Ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and have a cocktail in the Signature Lounge on the 99th floor of the John Hancock Building for jaw-dropping views. Cruise the Chicago River on the city's phenomenal architectural tour or learn about the dark side of Chicago's past on the gangster tour, which covers the hangouts of Al Capone and other notorious mobsters. Chicagoans love their sport, so take in a Bulls game or go ice skating at millennium park in the winter. Everyone will enjoy a comedy show at Second City, the comedy theatre where many famous comedians got their start, including John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Farley, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey and many more. Chicago is a massive city full of pride, culture, food and entertainment- the options for any visitor are endless.

    Just north of the city, you'll find the charming suburb of Evanston, where you can tour the campus of the highly esteemed Northwestern University, especially beautiful on a nice autumn day. If you're visiting in the warmer months, spend a few days in Saugatuck, Michigan or Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, both lovely lake towns just a few hours outside of this bustling city.

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    Car Hire Locations in Chicago

    Our car hire suppliers in Chicago include Avis, Alamo, Budget, National and Hertz.

    Our supplier depots are conveniently located at both of Chicago's airports: O'Hare and Midway. Additionally, there are nearly 15 depots around the city. Explore the interactive map in the search form to find which Chicago depot is most convenient for you to pick up your car hire.

    Parking and Tolls in Chicago

    As with most cities, Chicago city centre can be congested during peak hours. However, meters are stationed throughout the city and generally charge US$1-3 per hour. There are also plenty of car parks around the city, though rates may vary. Please note that permit parking is common in a number of neighbourhoods, to ensure sufficient parking for residents. If you don't see a meter, check around for signs designating permit parking.

    If you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the US can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.

    Useful Driving Distances and Day Trip Ideas in Chicago

    • Chicago to O'Hare International Airport (Chicago) (29km approx. 30min)
    • Chicago to Midway Airport (Chicago) (18km approx. 20min)
    • Chicago to Saugatuck (227km approx. 2hr 15min)
    • Chicago to Lake Geneva (130km approx. 1hr 30min)

    Car Hire in Chicago with Auto Europe

    With Auto Europe, a car hire in Chicago is both easy and affordable. You can pick up your rental car from several depots located in both airports and cities. Book your car hire in Chicago with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. For more information, see our Car Hire FAQ page, check our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.