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The third-largest city in the United States, Chicago is a lakeside beauty. It’s filled with skyscrapers, sports fans, great food, festivals, museums, diverse neighborhoods, and waterfront paths. The gorgeous skyline alone is worth a visit! Venture beyond the city center and you’ll find some fantastic road trip destinations. The American midwest is at hand, and so is the Great Lakes region with miles upon miles of freshwater coastline. In fact, the entire country is within reach with a Chicago car rental—it only depends on how far you are willing to drive.

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Chicago O’Hare Airport car rental locations

All rental cars booked at Chicago O'hare Intl Airport (ORD) are accessible via a free pick up service or complimentary shuttle ride from the terminals. The rental suppliers considered “on-airport” are all located in Chicago O’Hare’s Multi-Modal Facility, which is connected to the terminals via either shuttle buses or the Air Transport System. Suppliers with a rental counter located in the MMF include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Routes, and Thrifty Car Rentals.

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Information for your Chicago car rental adventure

Airport guide

The O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago’s primary airport, is a big and busy facility offering non-stop flights to and from well over 200 locations. It has four terminals, and a total of eight runways—the most of any civilian airport in the world.

The terminals have all the services and amenities you could need, including a wide array of shops and eateries both airside and pre-security. Travelers can enjoy the onsite Hilton hotel, the art displayed throughout the terminals, various airline lounges, unlimited free WiFi, and accessible bathrooms and other amenities. There is a “people-mover” Air Transit System for travel between terminals.

The Multi-Modal Facility is separated from the terminals by the parking lots and is the hub for ground transportation at O’Hare. All rental cars from Chicago O'Hare International Airport are accessed via shuttle bus transportation. Proceed to the lower-level baggage claim area and wait for the shuttle bus that will take you to the rental car center. Just follow the airport signs and you won't be lost.

Guide to driving in Chicago and beyond

To stay safe and enjoy a smooth road trip with no incidents, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the local road rules and customs. To get you started, we have listed just a few important points to remember before you hit the road.

  • Drive on the right! The United States is a right-hand driving country. If you’re not accustomed to this configuration, take some time to practice on quiet roads.
  • Traffic can get heavy in the city. Avoid driving near the CBD during the usual peak commute hours.
  • You can make a right turn on a red light in Chicago unless there are signs posted advising otherwise.
  • The maximum speed limit in Illinois, posted on rural freeways, is 70 miles per hour. In residential areas, the maximum speed limit is 30 mph. There are many other limits in place on various roads too, so you should always check the signs for accurate information.
  • The blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers in Illinois is 0.08%.
  • The midwest has some long, straight, and remote roads. When driving long distances, always have food, water, and a phone in case of a breakdown.
  • Keep the flyers being handed out from the car rental desk as these may contain a discount code for fuel stations, a restaurant, and sometimes for a paid parking lot or a specialty store.

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Top Chicago car hire destinations

Once you’ve picked up your wheels, you’re ready to get moving—but where? If you plan to stick around closer to Chicago for the duration of your trip, there are plenty of places within a few hours of the city to explore, like kayaking in the Chicago River. A rental car from O'hare Intl Airport ORD makes it simple to explore Chicago and see all you want to see!

Here are a few ideas:

The Bean and Millenium Park

The bean shaped sculpture Cloud Gate in Chicago. For the ultimate in sightseeing, head to downtown Chicago to take a picture with the iconic bean (officially called Cloud Gate). It’s located in Millenium Park, where you can enjoy the gardens and wander down to the lake and explore the waterfront.

Navy Pier

This is more than just a pier—it’s a diverse entertainment area with plenty of options: on the pier and in the vicinity you’ll find the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Centennial Wheel and other rides, a beer garden, the East End Plaza, Ohio Street Beach, and many places to eat.

North Chicago beaches

If you’d like to enjoy some lakeside sand and perhaps even take a dip in Lake Michigan, drive a little north of the CBD to visit a string of beaches: North Avenue Beach, Montrose Beach, Foster Beach, Kathy Osterman Beach, and Loyola Beach, for starters.

Chain O’Lakes State Park

Just over an hour of driving from central Chicago will get you to this fantastic nature reserve featuring nine small lakes. They are all connected to each other, and you can paddle the entire chain, fish the waters, or hike the many miles of forested trails.

South Bend, Indiana

If you want to get out of Chicago for a day or weekend, this college town makes a great car rental destination. It’s home to the University of Notre Dame with its Fighting Irish football team and a very beautiful campus. There’s also a great History Museum, a famous Farmers Market, and plenty of places to dine, shop, and drink.

If you’ve got the time and inclination to explore more of the USA in your rental car, why not book a one-way rental to somewhere warm like Phoenix, or Las Vegas? Alternatively, a car hire trip in Miami or Fort Lauderdale is also worth considering. The choice is yours! 

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Chicago O’Hare Airport Car Rental: Frequently asked questions

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How much does it cost to rent a car at O'Hare airport?

The daily rate for a rental car from Chicago O'hare Intl Airport ORD will vary widely according to the supplier, the vehicle, and the time of year. As an indication, you could expect to be charged around USD$50 per day for an economy or compact car; luxury vehicles, SUVs, and other high-end options can cost several hundreds of dollars per day.

To find the vehicle with the cheapest fares that fits your budget, enter your details in the search panels then peruse the results. Our filters make it simple to compare your options, and you can organize the listings by highest or lowest price.

Can I rent a car at Chicago O'Hare airport?

Yes, there are plenty of vehicles available to rent from the Multi-Modal Facility, the rental car center at Chicago O'hare International Airport (ORD). This car rental facility serves as a one-stop location where you will find all leading suppliers serving Chicago, IL.

What car rentals are at Chicago O'Hare Airport?

There are several car rental companies operating at Chicago O'hare International Airport. Rent a car from top and trusted brands including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Routes, and Thrifty Car Rental. All Find the cheapest fares from these trusted suppliers when you book with GoSee!

How do I rent a car at O’Hare Airport?

To find and book a car rental ORD deal, you can use GoSee’s comprehensive and simple search and booking engine—just enter your details in the panels near the top of this page to get started. As the hirer, you should also be qualified as the driver (fulfill all requirements for a driver's license), and must own a credit card under your name for making a security deposit and completing payment. You will be offered insurance coverage in case you don't have any, or if your existing coverage does not include car rentals or Chicago as the rental location. Remember, you need to have a confirmed booking first, before you can get the actual rental terms applicable to your unique situation.

Which car rental companies in Chicago have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Many US car rental companies have made adjustments to their procedures and policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at their websites for more details; you can also ask our rental consultants any questions about your booking.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Chicago?

The title of cheapest car rental deals in Chicago will move between suppliers as their prices vary, but some affordable options include Europcar, Budget, and Fox.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Chicago?

If you’re zipping around the city, a compact and economical car like a hatchback or small sedan is recommended. They are cheaper to run and easier to park! For longer road trips, you may prefer something with some more space for both people and luggage, like an SUV.

Where are the best places to park in Chicago?

There is parking available throughout Chicago. As in any city, parking can be at a premium in the CBD and near popular attractions. Where you can’t find free on-street spots, paid parking garages are usually the most convenient option.

Can I collect a car from Chicago O’Hare Airport and return it somewhere else?

Yes, most of the airport rental car suppliers with nationwide networks will allow you to make a one-way rental car booking from Chicago O'hare International Airport. Specify your preferred pick-up and drop-off locations when searching. And pay attention to the car rental return signs to be able to drop off the rental vehicle in the correct location.

How old do I need to be to book ORD rental cars?

In the United States, a majority of suppliers will rent their vehicles to those aged 20+ or 21+ only. Some car rental companies will rent to customers aged 18 and up. Young driver fees are common, and can apply up to 25 years of age in some cases. To ensure that you are seeing the right options, enter your age into the search field. After booking, check the rental agreement for reminders about this.