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VroomVroomVroom can help you find a a rental car at Chicago Executive Airport. We partner with Hertz Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental to provide you with a choice of reliable vehicles at affordable rates. We can give you advice on car rental in Chicago, and our customer care team can assist you in comparing deals.

Chicago Executive Airport is the third busiest in the state of Illinois. Located on 411 acres in the suburban village of Wheeling, the airport is 18 miles northwest of Chicago. It handles over 3000 take-off and landings per week. The site was previously known as Palwaukee Municipal Airport until 1986 when it a privately owned airfield. It is now owned and operated by local governments, and renamed Chicago Executive Airport in 2006. 

Why book a car rental at Chicago Executive Airport with us?

VroomVroomVroom compares affordable car rental at Chicago Executive Airport, and makes it easy for you to reserve a car. Here are some reasons to book you Chicago car hire with us:

  1. No booking and modification fees. You can also cancel for free as long as you do it 48 hours prior your pickup. 
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  3. Choice of location: VroomVroomVroom can help you find car hire in locations across Chicago. We also offer additional car rental in the village of Wheeling. You can search through the options.
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Driving Tips at Chicago Executive Airport

A rental car at Chicago Executive Airport gives you easy access to the city. The airport is located just over 30 minutes outside of downtown Chicago, via the I-294 S and 1-90 E. 

Plan your route in advance, and consider checking live traffic updates before setting out on your journey. Traffic can be heavy in Chicago during peak times. There are toll roads in Chicago, and across Illinois. If you do not have a pass, make your to make your payment within seven days of using the road. 

Here are some cool ideas about things to do near Chicago Executive Airport!

If you're a flight enthusiast, or you're traveling with kids, or you just want a cool place to take your lunch, check out Chicago Executive Airport's public viewing area. You'll find it along Paltine Frontage Road, east of the south end of Runway 16-34, and it has ample parking, clean picnic table areas, bleachers and a public address speaker that lets you listen in to the airport's Air Traffic Controllers. It's open 24/7 for the public to enjoy.

Once you've picked up your car rental and you're on the road, why not grab a bite to eat? A great place to have a deli sandwich and some fresh-squeezed lemonade is Rammy's Sub Contractors, located just 2 and 1/2 miles west of the airport (6 minutes via rental car) at 834 South Wheeling Road inWheeling. It's a delicious, high-quality sandwich shop, and you won't be disappointed! Try the “2x4”, and tell 'em VroomVroomVroom sent you!

We also recommend Johnny's Kitchen & Tap, if you're up for a cold brew after a long flight or a hard day's work. Located southeast of the airport at 1740 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview (but just as close to the airport as Rammy's – 2.5 miles / 6 minutes away), Johnny's is a great place to take business associates or your family out for dinner. The steaks are the best thing on the menu, but you might want to try the seafood – the catfish or the squid are great choices, as well!

Thanks to the rental car you book with us today, you'll have all the freedom you'll need to explore Wheeling and the entire Chicago area. Enjoy your trip!

Here's the story of a little kite that caused big headaches for Chicago Executive Airport!

In June 2013, Chicago Executive Airport had to shut down two of its runways, because for a little over 3 hours on a Saturday evening, its airspace was invaded…

By a kite.

Police from nearby Prospect Heights, Illinois, responded to a call for help from an air traffic controller, and in all seriousness, a kite could theoretically cause an accident and nobody wanted that! But the problem grew worse when the officers tried to locate the person or persons flying the kite – estimated to be floating 900 feet above ground level – on or near the airport's property.

Meanwhile, the airport's assistant manager Mr. Jamie Abbott, following safety protocol, had closed down Chicago Executive's runways 34 and 16 at the order of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (or FAA).

Even with airport maintenance personnel assisting in the search, the troublemaker with the kite couldn't be found, so the FAA then requested the Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff's Department to use its helicopter to help them locate the perpetrator – who, by this point, let's face it, was going to be in a lot of trouble!

The kite, unconcerned, floated lazily in the wind as night was falling.

Police were finally able to determine the kite flyer was on the roof of nearby Fries Automotive, a tow truck business that's very close to the airport. Fries gave them access to their roof, only to discover the malicious culprit was…

No one! The kite, which had apparently flown away from someone, somewhere, was hooked onto some roofing material and quietly floating above an airport runway, all by itself.

In the end, there was no one to arrest or give a warning to, so the police did what they had to do… they reeled in the kite by its string, and threw it in the garbage. It was a merciful euthanasia for the lazy, fun-loving plastic troublemaker who shut down part of Chicago Executive Airport. A potential disaster averted. Another case solved. Another happy ending.

… well, not very happy for the kite, we guess!

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