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March 8, 2019
If you stay within the city, you don't really need a car. I needed a car because I was also visiting the suburbs outside of the city.
October 29, 2018
While not necessary downtown, a rental car makes it much easier to get to the surrounding area.
October 21, 2018
Chicago is a massive city with lots of traffic, so be prepared and give yourself plenty of time. Also, most interstates outside of the city limits (to/from the suburbs) are toll roads. You can take note of the toll plaza and the time and day as well as the license plate of the vehicle you're driving and pay these online within 7 days.
October 8, 2018
Chicago is a great city with many attractions and food options. Though it was a quick weekend getaway, enjoyed my time previewing the new musical "Tootsie".
October 3, 2018
We had a pleasant experience since we knew the Chicago area and did not have to go to the downtown area. There’s quite a bit more traffic in Chicago then in Colorado.
September 13, 2018
Have lots of quarters for tolls. Otherwise the rental place will charge you $10.00 per day for a pass.
September 12, 2018
Chicago is pretty spread out so renting a car is very useful to get around to all the sites.
September 7, 2018
Chicago is a nice place to visit, NOT in winter.
September 6, 2018
Car is not one hundred percent needed w public transit but very convenient if you really want to explore
September 2, 2018
I rent a car most of the time I spend here in Chicago. Last year I was in Chicago for 8 months and rented the entire time. I will likely spend the rest of the year here and maybe even into the first part of 2019 and will most likely be back by the late spring or early summer of 2019 if I leave at all. I am not sure if I'll continue to rent, but I find renting in Chicago is very easy and convenient. However, I will not be renting again from Routes and would not recommend using them to any friends, family, or business associates.
August 31, 2018
Yah, Chicago's a great town in the summer.
August 24, 2018
Shoreline Express Architectural Boat tour was amazing
August 13, 2018
The toll situation is a little complicated in the Chicago suburbs and unlike other parts of the country. You have to pay close attention if you don't have technology in the car, because those without the technology (it wasn't EZ Pass in my case), have to literally get off the highway and drive down a parallel road. The signage isn't always the best, either.
August 13, 2018
Avoid tollways if possible. If you wind up on one by accident, you need to quickly locate the what is called "Plaza number", a number located at the at of the toll booth. You will need to know this number in order to quickly pay the toll online within a 7 day grace period, or risk being billed as much as $50 dollars if you don't.
August 10, 2018
Chicago is beautiful and green. The drivers are friendly, the streets are fairly easy to navigate, and the weather was very kind to us. We visited the SMART Museum of Art and the Oriental History Museum in Hyde Park, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art. Parking in the city is extremely expensive though. But luckily we were able to avoid toll roads.
August 9, 2018
Chicago is cool.
August 2, 2018
Chicago roads are rough, literally. Potholes are everywhere. The lanes are barely wider than your car. Drivers are extremely aggressive. If there's construction on a road, be prepared to sit still for a while. Traffic is very heavy until you get off of the major roadways. Parking can be very difficult to find; be sure to book parking online if you can (it's far less expensive than just driving up to the garages). Downtown Chicago (near Millenium Park) is packed with fun things to see and do. Keep your eye out for hole-in-the-wall joints: they have the best food.
July 20, 2018
Chicago was wonderful. I stayed out in Des Plaines, so a car to get in and out of the city was essential.
July 8, 2018
We got in the rental and used the GPS and we were on our way. We went to Wisconsin to visit family this trip, looking forward to coming back and will definately be using this rental again!
July 1, 2018
You got to see Chicago 100%! I was surprised how good Chicago is!
June 29, 2018
The E-Pass for the tollways is a bit confusing so I tried to avoid them.
June 19, 2018
So much better than my original trains/buses plan, especially for the cost. Didn’t use the iPass much on toll roads, but glad I had it for convenience. Parking downtown can be a little pricey, but renting was still the best option for us. City driving was a blast for this country girl!
June 16, 2018
Chicago is beautiful and if you are mindful of traffic it is easy to navigate. The streets could use some repair however.
June 14, 2018
We flew to Chicago and drove to Milwaukee but overall it was great in both places
June 11, 2018
I was there on business but I have been many times before. Downtown Chicago is full of excellent shops and restaurants . There are many sites to see and it is very pleasant.
June 11, 2018
If you're unfamiliar with the Chicago area, you need two things: a reliable GPS and an unlimited Toll Transponder. Traveled to Skokie, Schaumburg, Oak Brrok, and Algonquin areas.
June 10, 2018
We actually did not travel into downtown Chicago. we needed the car to travel north from the airport to visit family.
Average car rental length
Economy car rental price
$69.60 / per day
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Chicago?
Car rental prices in Chicago vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Chicago
The best month to rent a car in Chicago is December (when prices for an Economy class start from $36.47). This is 16% cheaper than the yearly average and 25% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $48.53 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.
What’s the usual rental length in Chicago?
Travel lengths vary from month to month: in May, travelers rent a car for an average of 13 days, in October, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Chicago
What's the most popular month to rent a car in Chicago?
While travelers visit Chicago year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is February.
Chicago Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
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001 7 734 713 450
5150 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
203 N LA SALLE ST,
10255 West Zemke Blvd
001 312 741 0788
10256 W Zemke Blvd Suite 830, Chicago
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10255 W Zemke Rd, Chicago, IL 60666
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001 844 377 9987 / 001 847 671 4000
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