Car Hire in Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, IL, United States
19 Aug — 26 Aug
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Chicago, IL, United States
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Fri 26/8
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Best deals found for Chicago, Illinois car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in Chicago, Illinois
Kia Stinger
or similar Premium
Up to 5 passengers
5-door vehicles

£47/day

7 Sep - 19 Sep
Kia Stinger
Mercedes-Benz GLA
or similar Standard SUV
Up to 5 passengers

£43/day

22 Aug - 4 Sep
Mercedes-Benz GLA
Kia Sportage
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

£42/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Kia Sportage
Jaguar XF
or similar Luxury
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

£44/day

7 Sep - 19 Sep
Jaguar XF
Nissan Qashqai
or similar Intermediate SUV
Up to 5 passengers

£42/day

22 Aug - 4 Sep
Nissan Qashqai
Ford Focus
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£40/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Ford Focus
Audi A3
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

£40/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Audi A3
Volkswagen Golf
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£40/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Volkswagen Golf
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£40/day

7 Sep - 19 Sep
Kia Rio

Important information about Chicago car hire

Chicago is highly recognised for its vibrant art scene, several cultural attractions, and outstanding architecture.  Some significant sights and areas can be accessed by car in the city, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, and others. travelling across the city during the rush hour can be nerve-wracking due to the heavy traffic experienced. Suppose you are new to the town and travelling by Chicago car rentals. In that case, you should avoid the busy roads, such as North Michigan Avenue, West Roosevelt Road, North Western Avenue, and others since they are constantly experiencing heavy traffic congestion. Unlike other cities that refer to their expressways using letters and numbers, Chicago has a different way of doing this. Chicago refers to its highways using official names. While driving, look for names like The Eisenhower, Kennedy, Edens, Dan Ryan, and others. The city has ample parking, so you don’t have to worry about that. If you are new in the city and want rental cars in Chicago, you shouldn't be stranded as there are numerous car hire locations in Chicago.

If you need to travel out of the city, you might want a cheap car rental. Chicago experiences snowy winters and this season may call for cheap car rental in Chicago to use if a snowstorm gets you in town.  It’s recommended to have hired cars in Chicago to access the Chicago suburbs since they cannot be accessed by foot. Chicago is the home of international airports. You might want a luxury car rental to move from the airport to access the city's amenities. Driving hired cars in Chicago is convenient due to the city's proximity to the major interstate and highways. You can also visit various exciting towns that border Chicago, such as Geneva. However, getting to the neighbouring cities is not walkable, and that is why you need hired cars in Chicago.

When you reserve hired cars in Chicago, you are generally allowed to drive the car to nearby countries. However, if you plan on crossing the border with a Chicago car rental, keep in mind that you will need to provide additional documentation to your rental car company, like a passport or a passport card, as well as a government-issued driving license. Travelers driving to Canada with a car rental from Chicago will need to have a non-resident insurance card, while travelers headed to Mexico must obtain Mexican automobile liability insurance. Both of these can be obtained through most major car rental companies. If you plan on driving your Chicago rental car to a different country, make sure to let your rental car company know about your plans ahead of time.

To book hired cars in Chicago, whether you’d like an electric car rental, a people carrier rental, or cheap hired cars in Chicago, companies usually prefer that you pay with a major credit card. However, you can often pay with alternative methods if this is not an option. Many companies will allow you to pay with a debit card, but you may be required to show additional documentation, such as proof of insurance or a utility bill. Cash payments are also accepted by some rental car companies, but you may be asked for supplementary documents as well. Many companies do not allow customers to pay with personal checks, but traveler’s checks may be accepted, depending on the specific location. If you are not paying with a credit card, keep in mind that you may be asked to pay a cash deposit. Make sure to contact your rental car company of choice a few days before picking up your vehicle to ask about the specific payment process that you will be undergoing.

Stay as safe as possible while driving hired cars in Chicago by educating yourself about some of the local driving laws. For example, all passengers under the age of eight must be in an appropriately sized safety seat, which you can generally obtain from your rental car company. When driving, always make sure that you keep a distance of three feet between your vehicle and any pedestrians or cyclists. Be careful while drinking, as it is illegal for drivers to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. Be aware of how loud you are playing music in your vehicle because, in Illinois, it is against the law for sound to be heard beyond a certain distance from your car.

If you are an international traveler, you can rent a car in Chicago, as long as you are able to provide specific documents. Most rental car companies will accept either a foreign driving license from your country of residence or an international driving license. If your license is not written in a Latin-based alphabet, the company might ask for an official translation. Make sure to have your passport with you as well, as most companies will want to keep a copy of it on file. To rent a car in Illinois, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are younger than 25, you will normally be asked to pay an underage driver fee.


Chicago, Illinois car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Chicago that's right for you

Small cars

£43 - £68

All Car Types

£51 - £100

The average price of a Small hire in Chicago, the United States is £55. The cheapest time to hire a Small in Chicago, the United States is in September. The price is 22% lower than the rest of the year at just £43 per day. A Small car hire is typically 25% less expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago Small rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium hire in Chicago, the United States is £58. The cheapest time to hire a Medium in Chicago, the United States is in January. The price is 36% lower than the rest of the year at just £38 per day. A Medium car hire is typically 20% less expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago Medium rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large hire in Chicago, the United States is £68. The cheapest time to hire a Large in Chicago, the United States is in February. The price is 30% lower than the rest of the year at just £48 per day. A Large car hire is typically 7% less expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago Large rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV hire in Chicago, the United States is £66. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Chicago, the United States is in February. The price is 40% lower than the rest of the year at just £40 per day. A SUV car hire is typically 10% less expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Van hire in Chicago, the United States is £82. The cheapest time to hire a Van in Chicago, the United States is in February. The price is 50% lower than the rest of the year at just £41 per day. A Van car hire is typically 11% more expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago Van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Luxury hire in Chicago, the United States is £76. The cheapest time to hire a Luxury in Chicago, the United States is in December. The price is 41% lower than the rest of the year at just £46 per day. A Luxury car hire is typically 6% more expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Chicago Luxury rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Convertible hire in Chicago, the United States is £107. The cheapest time to hire a Convertible in Chicago, the United States is in January. The price is 55% lower than the rest of the year at just £49 per day. A Convertible car hire is typically 32% more expensive than the average car hire in Chicago. The average price of a car hire in Chicago can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£40/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Toyota Yaris
Volkswagen Golf
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£40/day

17 Sep - 8 Oct
Volkswagen Golf

Chicago car hire directory

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7.9

Comfort

7.9

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7.2

Value

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6.8

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7.1

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5.9

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5.5

Value

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6.2

Comfort

6.2

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5.9

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Comfort

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5.9

Comfort

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Overall

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Value

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Okay
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6.1

Comfort

6.1

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299 reviews2 locations
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Comfort

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219 reviews5 locations
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3.9

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4.6

Quick facts about car hire in Chicago

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Chicago

Most Popular Agency

Thrifty

Popular Car Types

Compact, SUV, Economy

Cheapest Hire Car

£36

Most Popular Model

Ford Explorer
The most popular Chicago car hire agency found on momondo this month is Thrifty. Other top choices for car hire companies are Dollar and Budget
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in Chicago in the past 72 hours: Compact, SUV, Economy.
The lowest price for a car hire in Chicago is £36/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from £59/day.
The most popular car model to hire in Chicago in the past 7 days is the Ford Explorer. Our users also prefer the Buick Enclave as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Chicago

Nearby attractions:

Wrigley Field13.0 mi
Douglas Park13.5 mi
United Center13.7 mi
Lincoln Park14.1 mi
UIC Pavilion14.7 mi

Nearby attractions:

Douglas Park5.7 mi
United Center7.5 mi
UIC Pavilion7.6 mi
McCormick Place7.9 mi
Museum of Science and Industry8.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

Douglas Park75.5 mi
Wrigley Field75.8 mi
United Center76.2 mi
Lincoln Park77.0 mi
UIC Pavilion77.1 mi

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Driving with a car hire in Chicago - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Chicago so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

To hire a car for a weekend in Chicago in September, the average price was £66 with cheaper deals starting around £34. Users looking for a one-week hire in Chicago for September saw an average deal of £53 - but quotes as low as £33 were available depending on dates and car options.

The majority of the Chicago car hire agencies that we partner with do not have a cancellation fee. This means that if your plans change unexpectedly, many car rental centres in Chicago such as Alamo, Enterprise, and Avis often offer cancellation free of charge based on when you booked.

We recommend hiring an Economy car when visiting Chicago during the month of September. While an Economy car doesn’t handle ice and snow very well, it is an ideal car for mild temperatures and rain. In September, Chicago experiences temperatures averaging 11 °C and 81 mm of precipitation - ideal conditions for renting an Economy car. Hiring a Economy in Chicago will cost you £25/day on average.

Enterprise has the most locations of any car hire company in Chicago, IL, with 28 locations. Typically momondo users find deals around £86/day when renting a car from Enterprise in Chicago, IL.

25 mph is the city speed limit for Chicago, which also applies to surrounding towns and other urban centres. The suburban speed limit and the speed limit for motorways around Chicago are 75 mph and 75 mph, respectively. If you hire a car in Chicago, be aware that these speed limits may be strictly enforced.

Those looking for a hire car in Chicago during the month of August should expect temperatures to be around 22 °C and should expect around 125 mm of precipitation. This information can be helpful when choosing which car you’d like to rent.

Those looking to hire a car in Chicago for a road trip to the surrounding areas, please know the weather in Illinois during the month of August usually is around 22 °C with 99.2 mm of possible rain.


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You should book a car hire in Chicago using momondo because it is quick, free and easy to use and could save you money. momondo does the hard work of finding the car hire prices and policies, all you need to do is compare and choose what works best for your trip.

Filtering is how momondo helps you find a great car hire in Chicago. Narrow your search using price and map features as well as filtering by fuel or mileage policies amongst many other filters available.

Yes momondo does have a filter to only highlight car rental deals which offer free cancellation. This filter is available for all car hire searches on momondo including those for cars in Chicago.

momondo specifically allows you to search for car hire in Chicago with fair fuel policies.

You certainly can. momondo has a dedicated filter for enhanced cleaning services for all car hire locations including Chicago.

Absolutely. You can specifically filter for car hire deals in Chicago with unlimited mileage on momondo.


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