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LEADING CAR RENTAL BRANDS AT CHICAGO O'HARE - AIRPORT (ILLINOIS)

About Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD)


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Address: 10255 W Zemke Blvd, Chicago, 60666 , Il, Il

  Getting around

“The Windy City” of Chicago is home to the former world’s busiest airport, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Located on the far northwest edge of city limits, (ORD) is a 14-mile (23 km) drive down Interstate 90 to the downtown Loop area. Arrivals to (ORD) are welcomed by all the major airport car rental agencies — from Alamo and Budget to Hertz and Enterprise.

Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. and purposely designed to be explored by car. The extensive and well maintained highway system seamlessly intersects with city streets, which are conveniently laid out on a N-S-E-W grid. Of course, traffic is always a problem in any metropolitan area, but driving around Chicago during off-peak times is generally a pleasant experience.

You’ll find plentiful — but somewhat pricy — parking all throughout the city, and you’ll notice the prices get higher as you get closer to the city’s magnificent lakefront.

  Choosing your car

Also known as “the City of Big Shoulders”, the Chicago metro area is spread out over a 50-mile (80 km) radius of Lake Michigan, so choosing your car depends on your agenda. If you’re more concerned about fuel efficiency and city driving, economy and compact cars are perfect for zipping around the city. The Nissan Versa gets great gas mileage and can squeeze into the tightest parking spots.

For traveling out into the suburbs, or perhaps 92 miles (145 km) north to Milwaukee, a spacious and road-hugging full-size sedan is ready for a smooth ride. The Cadillac ATS and Chrysler 300 deliver performance in stylish packages. Luxury and 7-9 seater options are great for road trips, too. The Buick Regal is a classy luxury ride, while the Dodge Grand Caravan brings comfort and utility.

Meanwhile, winter in Chicago means snow, and that means treacherous driving conditions. So think about renting an all-wheel drive SUV. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will keep you safe on the slippery roads.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at Chicago O'hare Airport (illinois)

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Look out for an odd number of Chicago parking regulations, which include no parking on the north side of major streets from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM and no parking on the south side from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. And if there’s more than two inches of snow, no parking on major streets — at all.

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Metered parking in downtown Chicago is strictly enforced, and vehicles — car hire or not — have been known to get towed within the blink of an eye. Getting an impounded vehicle out of holding is an expensive and incredibly frustrating experience.

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There are a number of almost unavoidable toll roads in the Chicago area, two of which are the only highway routes into and out of (ORD): the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-80/I-94/I-294).

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Again, it’s important to consider Chicago’s climate. Plan accordingly and rent a car that’s fitting for the season. Convertibles in January are not advised.

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The Illinois State Police has jurisdiction over highways and expressways, the Chicago Police Department presides over city streets, and every suburb of the metropolitan area has its own police force. If you do see flashing red lights in your rearview mirror, stay in your vehicle and wait for the officer to approach and identify his or her self.

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Potholes are unfortunately common on Chicago roads.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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3. Does Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois) have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois) to a different drop off location in The United States of America?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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6. Is it better to rent at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois) or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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11. What car types are there for rent at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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14. What SUV cars are available at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois) in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois) and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at Chicago O'hare - Airport (illinois)?