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Car Hire Chicago

Introduction

Located in the Midwest, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. Famously known as the “Windy City” or “Second City”, Chicago is vibrant city with heady mix of cultures and interests. Chicago has a fascinating cityscape with a range of visually stunning buildings and a range of modern architecture and tall skyscrapers that stretch over the horizon. Home of the blues and jazz scene, Chicago is something of a cultural hub, particular in the Midwest. In the city you’ll find a range of first class museums, art galleries and amazing architecture sprawls throughout the city – especially in downtown Chicago. There are also miles of sandy beaches and huge open spaces ideal for escaping the city and enjoying a peaceful stroll. In the bustling cosmopolitan centre you’ll find a range of shops where you can easily spend an afternoon exploring and seeking out some great finds if you like to indulge in a little retail therapy. You’ll also discover a whole range of restaurants which cater to a multitude of tastes. Weather here varies between cold winters and warm summers.

Ideal car

Hatchback
A hatchback would be pretty useful for city driving and parking in small spaces as well as sufficient for driving on the expressways and other major roads.

Driving in Chicago Ohare

R

Road Driving Side

20-30mph

Urban Speed Limit

55mph

Rural Speed Limit

65mph

Motorway Speed Limit

Important things to note

Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Traffic tends to be very heavy in the city centre and parking can be very expensive. It’s generally recommended to park outside of the city limits to avoid hefty parking fees.
Chicago roads operate on a grid system, making it fairly easy to navigate.
Drivers on expressways can be aggressive, so it’s advisable to drive cautiously.

Highlights & Hotspots

Take a trip to Millennium Park and explore this stunning lakefront space which is home to a range of sculptures and other art. If you’re visiting over the summer months, then there’s a good chance you’ll catch some live music performances during the evenings, where locals tend to picnic out on the grass.
As the city that hosts the world’s first ever skyscraper, Chicago is full of interesting architecture and buildings. To see the best of the best, take trip around the architecture Loop to discover some of the finest and tallest buildings that make up the city’s skyline.
There are a range of museums to explore in the city from the Chicago History Museum to the Museum of Photography. There’s something here for everyone to discover and you can easily spend a day wandering the city’s museums.
Families should consider taking a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free to visit. The zoo is home to a range of insects and animals. There’s also a farmyard section where visitors can see cow-milking and horse-grooming demonstrations.

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Airport Information

O’Hare International Airport is located approximately 17 miles from the Chicago Loop and is accessible via the I-90 expressway.
Traffic to and from the airport can be pretty heavy given the city’s size and popularity with visitors the world over.