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"The City of Big Shoulders" may sound intimidating, but renting a car to get around the celebrated city of Chicago is easy when you book your car rental using VroomVroomVroom. We compare deals from trusted brands such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Start comparing to find the perfect rental car for your next trip! 

Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best known include: "Chi-town," "the Windy City," "Second City," and the "City of Big Shoulders." It has also been called "the most American of big cities." The city's notoriety expressed in popular culture is found in novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals (for example, sports, entertainment, business, trade, and academic), and the news media. 

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Driving tips in Chicago

Public transportation is popular in this huge Midwestern city, but you can't beat the comfort and convenience of having your own car to get out there and explore! Driving in Chicago will be a breeze if you are know the traffic situation in certain areas. Check out this map for live traffic updates. It is also advisable to check the weather in Chicago via The Weather Channel so you can plan your trip better.

Apart from rental cars, you also have an option to rent an RV or motorhome for your next trip. VroomVroomVroom also compares the best deals in campervan and motorhome rentals in Chicago and all across the country.

Useful information on Chicago airports

Chicago has two major airports, O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, so rental car companies are plentiful and offer multiple car options at cheap rates. At O'Hare International Airport, you will find plenty of options, and each car rental agency provides free shuttle service to and from the terminal curb fronts.

O'Hare International is served by Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget Car Rental, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. According to the airport website, "Rental car shuttles pick up at the arrival curb front which is the lower level outside of baggage claim. Each terminal has designated areas on the out-most curb front where shuttles board." O'Hare also advises travelers to contact their chosen rental car company about hours of operation.

There are also dozens of car rental locations within the downtown area, near major hotels. Because of its size, Chicago has many parking garage options, as well as street parking. Chicago's streets are based on a numbered grid system, with the "zero" coordinates being at Madison and State streets in the famous "Loop" area of downtown.

If you need assistance in finding and booking a car rental in Chicago, feel free to Contact Us via phone call, email, or live chat. Our friendly customer service team are always ready to give a helping hand to our customers.

Where should you go in your rental car in Chicago? 

Located along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is regarded as one of the most influential cities in the world. It is a major center for culture, politics, education and industry as well as medicine and higher education. Here are a few things not to be missed if you visit Chicago.


McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum 

Address: 99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

bridge lift at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

The historic bridgehouse will take you back in time and give you a better understanding of the relationship between the city of Chicago and its river. The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum welcomes tens of thousands of visitors annually. It features exhibits that celebrate the famous Chicago River and its iconic bridges. The best time to visit is during spring and fall where you can witness the museum's moving gears lift the Michigan Avenue bridge leaf. The museum is only open from May through October so make sure to check their website for exact times. 

Navy Pier

Address: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Originally built 1916 as a cargo facility for freightliners, the pier was renovated in the 90's as a public gathering place which features a 150-foot Ferris wheel, artwork, restaurants, gardens and parks as well as a variety of shops. Getting here is quite easy and it parking is not a problem as well. The East and West indoor parking garages, which can accommodate up to 1,500 vehicles, can be accessed via Illinois Street and Lake Shore Drive. 

The Art Institute of Chicago 

Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

This is is probably the most popular and famous Chicago cultural attraction. This great museum includes a world-class art collection, excellent exhibits (both permanent and special), and has one of the most famous entrances in the country: the two bronze lions that guard its entrance.

Skydeck Chicago

Address: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Formerly known as the Sears Tower Skydeck, this famous landmark is where you and your family or friends will be captivated by the panoramic views from the Western Hemisphere's tallest building. Imagine seeing four states without leaving your spot and not to mention awesome views of Lake Michigan and more amazing scenery. 

5 Things You Must Do in Chicago

1. Watch a professional sporting event. Whatever sport you fancy, they probably play it in Chicago. The city is home to two major league baseball teams and one NFL football team as well as two professional hockey teams, both indoor and outdoor soccer and lacrosse leagues, as well as a women's roller derby team.

2. Enjoy art at the Chicago Cultural Center. Once the city's library, this Chicago landmark now houses exhibitions of performing, visual and literary arts. The building also serves as the reception spot where the city mayor has welcomed Presidents, royalty and community leaders. For more information on the Chicago Cultural Center click on the link.

3. See a Broadway musical brought to the city courtesy of Broadway in Chicago. Broadway plays that have come to Chicago in the past include Cats, Chicago and Stomp.

4. Eat a Chicago style hot dog or deep dish pizza. They say these foods taste better in Chicago than in any other city in the world.

5. Experience Gibsons.  World Famous and inventor of the "Gibson's Martini," this is a steak eating extravaganza.  It's not cheap but the well aged, marbled porterhouses are about 4 inches high.  Dig in!  Click n the link to read more about Gibsons.

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