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Chicago, IL, United States
25 Oct — 1 Nov
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Chicago, IL, United States
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Chicago car hire information

Pick-up locationChicago
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, People carrier, Premium, Standard, Standard SUV
Hire locations106
Airport locations38
Popular agenciesHertz, Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Budget

Cheap car hire in Chicago

Economy£44/day
Compact£44/day
Intermediate£64/day
Standard£95/day
Full-size£69/day
People carrier£141/day
Full-size SUV£118/day
Premium£108/day
Luxury£76/day
Standard SUV£63/day
Intermediate SUV£70/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Chicago car hire reviews and directory

From £58/dayRated no. 1
Alamo
Best rated
8.6 Excellent (814 reviews)
3 locations in Chicago
Alamo
Locations in Chicago
  • 8.7
  • 8.8
  • 8.5
  • 8.5
  • 8.3
Recent reviews
3.9 Mediocre7 Sep 2021
Car was pretty beat up for a rental, would have expected something a little better maintained. Hadn’t had a oil ch age since March, lots of seat stains. Scratches in truck bed.
7.9 Good29 Aug 2021
Interior was kind of gross. French fry in carpet & back seat upholstery full of what looked like smashed in play dough
7.9 Good25 Aug 2021
Liked other vehicle options that were available and flexibility to choose. Have the vehicle that was requested or more choices other than two. Not a problem though, satisfied with what rental overall.
10.0 Excellent2 Aug 2021
none
7.9 Good12 Jul 2021
pick up and drop off. LONG WAIT at counter. Only two people were working
10.0 Excellent3 Jun 2021
They had the best price compared to other companies for a one-way rental. I was able to choose from 4 different vehicles, and the Nissan Sentra I chose was awesome.The pickup experience was lacking, as there weren’t enough people working and the employees seemed frustrated.
4.0 Okay17 May 2021
They did not have any cars. Was not able to rent anything
8.0 Excellent26 Apr 2021
Was talked into buying a toll pass for $10.99 a day. Was a rip off.
2.0 Mediocre22 Apr 2021
Staff sucks, car sucks, service sucks, if you like being shown one number and then charged double that number after the rental is completed, and then charged randomly for tolls months later rent here.Basically take the reservation quote that you et and multiply it by 3 because they nickel and dime you
2.0 Mediocre30 Mar 2021
I have been over charged
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From £81/dayRated no. 2
Enterprise
8.1 Excellent (614 reviews)
28 locations in Chicago
Enterprise
Locations in Chicago
  • 8.3
  • 8.3
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7.8
Recent reviews
7.9 Good23 Aug 2021
The person attention was good. On the negative side, Enterprise had terrible and conflicting signage at Midway airport. You have to use the signs for National because in several places there are no Enterprise signs or they direct you to the wrong floor. Also, we had a malfunction warning light go off in the car within 50 miles of starting to drive our Nissan (the light was cryptic, but using the owner's manual, we figured out that it may have something to do with the automatic breaking system-- but nothing about how serious it was or how to fix it). The malfunction warning light then stayed on for the entire rest of the rental, which made us worry, although the car drove fine.
7.9 Good14 Jul 2021
The staff were very helpful and friendly. Pick up and drop off we’re smooth. There was some trash in the car, under the seats, water bottle and receipts, so they could do better on cleanliness. Overall, a good experience!
1.9 Horrible13 Jul 2021
Poor service they had me make a reservation come to there place and didn’t have a car i had no why to get back home the worst I have ever experience
10.0 Excellent29 Jun 2021
Pickup and drop-off was very fast with the exact car I had reserved.Rental car prices can always be lower, right?
4.0 Okay22 Jun 2021
The minivan was not in good shape! There was a problem with the front end which made steering and handling difficult, especially at high speed. The "change oil" light came on halfway through the trip which was disconcerting. When we reported this to the clerk upon returning he seemed unconcerned and said they would check it out but offered no type of compensation. After all of that, we were charged a fuel surcharge because we didn't fill the tank "enough" although it was not full when we picked it up. I thought that to be petty considering the problems we had. In summation, I was not pleased with this particular Enterprise or their customer service.
2.0 Mediocre15 Jun 2021
The car was nice aside from scratch marks on the ceiling (I'm serious) and screeching tiresIt was an absolutely terrible experience. I arrived on time and as I arrived was getting a phone call from the facility. They informed me when I walked in that they were calling bc they didn't have a car (I've had this reservation for over a week) and that it would be two hours. That is unacceptable. I booked a car and I had somewhere to be. They then said two other people were waiting too but they would put me ahead of two other customers if I agreed to an upcharge for a more expensive car that was being sent there. I said I didn't feel I should be charged for to accommodate their error but they said they were doing me a favor by putting me ahead of the two other people. What a terrible way to run a business. I agreed but after some push back, again I had somewhere to be. It still took 30 minutes for that car to get there. While we waiting the same person and another employee were making fun of customers calling in on the phone because they thought their questions were stupid. There did not seem to be an sense of urgency about being so behind or anything being done to help the customers who are paying them good money. While waiting they provided me my updated quote. It was as I expected and planned for. We went through the ID stuff etc. Finally the car arrives and I go to pay and they let me know it's the amount they said PLUS a security hold of $300. I put money aside specifically for this and no where, including our 30+ waiting time, were we told about a security hold. I didn't have enough money on my card to do this. My partner, who was with me, then had to go in and do the Driver's licence etc all over again so we could finally get going. Honestly I want all of my money back. It was absolutely ridiculous. I am a customer support manager and if an employee or my company dealt this way I would be embarrassed.
2.0 Mediocre14 Jun 2021
Charger 40% more on top of quote due to an additional “surcharge/tax” which I wasn’t told about until the very last minute of getting the car. Lame.
2.0 Mediocre16 May 2021
Drop off was the only positive to this experience. Park the car and go.Pricing was terrible. The time it took to be able to talk to staff after an 11 hour flight was terrible. Car selection was terrible.
10.0 Excellent12 Apr 2021
Pick up was easy and the person that helped me was considerate. Drop off was easy and the person who received the drop off was fantastic!
8.0 Excellent19 Feb 2021
The guy at midway airport was really nice. They were very quick and efficient too.I did notice that there was a bunch sticky stuff in the back seat when I got to Kentucky. It didn’t come from me as the only thing I put in the backseat was my suitcase, so I’m a little disappointed with the cleanliness of the vehicle. Also the vehicle itself shakes a lot when you get up to 70mph, and overall I wasn’t impressed with the Ford Ecosport.
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From £29/dayRated no. 3
Budget
Most popular
7.1 Good (530 reviews)
10 locations in Chicago
Budget
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible12 Oct 2021
terrible pickup with double charging and took 90 minutes
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
Unfriendly customer service. Too many restrictions for modifications.
1.9 Horrible5 Oct 2021
Pickup at Chicago O'Hare took 1.5 hours. Their system for finding available cars on their lot was incredibly slow. Went to retrieve the car, but child car seat was not included as instructed. Had to chase that down. I pre-paid for tolls, but have serious doubts as to whether the electronic sensor was operational in my car. Overall, will not rent from Budget again.
1.9 Horrible4 Oct 2021
Horrible customer service. I was charged extra and first they told me they’ll refund once I return the car, and now refusing to eve be respond to my emails.
1.9 Horrible4 Oct 2021
Horrendously long wait for car, virtually unintelligible agent (not an accent issue just couldn’t be bothered). New ORD facility is a joke! I won’t fly into there again because of it.
1.9 Horrible3 Oct 2021
Make sure when you reserved a car at a certain date and time , you will get it and not be left hanging and no help to get
1.9 Horrible13 Sep 2021
30 minute crowded bus ride to rental center from OHare, and then. 2 hour plus wait at the rental counter. Truly awful.
10.0 Excellent8 Sep 2021
Budget personnel were very positive and helpful.
5.9 Okay7 Sep 2021
We waited for over an hour to pick up our vehicle with 3 kids under 7 years old. We also spent more on our rental car than our plane tickets.
1.9 Horrible7 Sep 2021
It took over two hours to get the car.
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From £27/dayRated no. 4
Avis
7.1 Good (212 reviews)
11 locations in Chicago
Avis
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
  • 6.9
  • 6.8
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent10 Oct 2021
Needed a car that night after a cancelled flight. Was returning the car the following morning. Was gouged for $330 for the lowest level option. Believed there were zero other options available so took it. Got to the lot and there were hundreds of cars, at 7pm on a Friday night. The O'Hare rental car facility was great.
5.9 Okay12 Aug 2021
the rent is very expensive it should be a little cheaper
5.9 Okay23 Jun 2021
Please hire more folks to work at the front desk. There were 18 people in line and only 3 people to help them. I stood in line for 40 minutes.
8.0 Excellent8 Jun 2021
The waiting period for the rental was over an hour!!
6.0 Good11 May 2021
Nice car and very clean. Drop off was easyPrice with add ons is ridiculous Pick up was horrible at Midway desk with only two agents working neither of whom was trying very hard to move the line. I was only 4 people back and had to wait 45 minutes to get to the counter.
4.0 Okay22 Feb 2021
Pickup was confusing as avis had no one at the desks, ghost town. Drop off was simple.Vehicle had broken glass under the seats and on floor mats at pickup, must've had broken windows previously?? 6 hour drive sounded like driving with the windows open, very loud and interior was not clean even though avis put a sticker on the dash starting vehicle was. Clean/sanitize from top to bottom....
2.0 Mediocre17 Feb 2021
No the staff was rude the lady tried to get me to down grade for the same price and when I told her I chose one of the most expensive categories she got upset and said we’ll wait 45 mins till a car is readyThey charged hidden fees that weren’t really put out there.
6.0 Good28 Dec 2020
Staff was helpful. Pickup/drop off was easyCar was dirty and smelled like cigarettes
10.0 Excellent12 Dec 2020
I’m probably never going to use another service except for you guys because of how smooth everything was!N/A, I’m thoroughly impressed
10.0 Excellent16 Aug 2020
Easy, clean, friendly, efficient. Thanks!!!!I thought a bit expensive but you may not be able to help that.
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From £30/dayRated no. 5
Dollar
7 Good (475 reviews)
2 locations in Chicago
Dollar
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 6.9
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent16 Oct 2021
Easy to pick up the vehicle, and just as easy to return it to the airport rental location. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. Love the ability to plug my phone in and have it automatically connected to the GPS for directions to the places I needed to go. The Chevy Spark has good pick up, which I was a little concerned about since I knew I would be getting on and off interstates, but this little car was up to the task and did great throughout the entire trip. I really recommend Dollar Car Rental for both value and ease of check-in and return.
1.9 Horrible14 Oct 2021
I was charged $196 to rent a vehicle for one day after my flight was canceled. I was charged to $500 security deposit. I did not get my security deposit back they have charged me $339 to rent a car for one day I had the car in my possession for six hours. I am very upset
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
One hour and half wait to get to counter. No cars available for another two to three hours! Only two agents handling over 100 fed up customers. A terrible customer service experience!
1.9 Horrible4 Oct 2021
Do not use Rentalcars.com. My trip was canceled in less than 48 hours which resulted in a forfeiture of $182.00
1.9 Horrible26 Sep 2021
Reserved a car and prepaid for it. Went to pick it up Friday afternoon at Chicago Midway Airport and there were no cars available. No communication, they just told you to wait and they will call you. 13 people ahead of me were waiting for over an hour they. After an hour of this I gave up and cancelled my reservation. No apology, no information as to how to get a credit back.
3.9 Mediocre21 Sep 2021
Long wait for cars despite reservation
1.9 Horrible20 Sep 2021
We were charged a full 3rd day (including all taxes, etc.) for returning the car 53 minutes after the 48 hour mark. Company policy, per customer service is a 29 minute grace period. Not to mention that the final price ended up being almost 2.5x the original cost, costing hundreds of dollars more. None of this was clear until having to contact customer service after a huge, unexpected credit card charge. Embarrassing to run your business this way, and embarrassing to have fallen for it. Should've paid more attention to the terrible reviews before us.
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2021
Very easy on pick up and drop off.
1.9 Horrible12 Sep 2021
When I got to the counter they told me I had to upgrade since they ran out of compact cars. I had to pay and extra $40 even though I booked a compact car 2 weeks alone advanced after standing in a line for an hour in a half. I used dollar in Colorado but it wasn’t this bad…
10.0 Excellent8 Sep 2021
Quick, easy service and plenty of shuttles to/from airport make for a quick pickup/drop-off.
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Rated no. 6
Payless
7 Good (542 reviews)
2 locations in Chicago
Payless
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 6.9
  • 6.5
  • 7.2
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible18 Oct 2021
I was charged twice for the renal car. Once when I reserved through Kayak and a second time when I picked up. They said Priceline or Kayak had not yet made the deposit so I therefore had to pay again. I have now not only been charged twice but charged more the second time. I was also told I would not be refunded once the deposit was made, I had to go through Priceline customer service. I have done that but the e-ail address I was given to submit my receipt of payment bounced back. Horrible customer service and I will likely need to do a charge back on my credit card.
1.9 Horrible13 Oct 2021
Customer service was not at kiosk upon arrival. They put an "out to lunch" sign out and left everyone in line to wait for their return. When they came back, they were dismissive, argumentative, and would not even consider any service recovery or talk of vehicle upgrades. The car was difficult to find in the parking structure and the vehicle was dirty. Did not want to go back and try to get another vehicle...so just left with it.
1.9 Horrible19 Sep 2021
The line for vehicle check out was over 45 minutes. The car stinks with cigar smoke (clean). It was an awful experience.
5.9 Okay4 Aug 2021
Payless should hire more employees, only one employee when I arrived and he was taking a half hour lunch (which he deserved) but we shouldn't have to wait 30 min on weekend during the day for help.
10.0 Excellent13 May 2021
Sherry at Ohare facility was most accommodating.
10.0 Excellent1 May 2021
Staff very friendly and helpful. Whole process was very easy.I don’t have any recommendations for improvement.
9.2 Excellent11 Nov 2020
Almost everything was fantastic. Customer service was timely and pleasant...there were only two of us in line, but there was no effort to put me off. Drop-off was easy and also quick. No receipt provided at drop-off, told I would receive via email. I filled the car with gas before turn-in...haven’t seen the receipt yet, but do hope I wasn’t charged for gas as that appears to be a problem for some.Getting the email receipt for the car rental facility is far from timely. When traveling for business in particular this receipt is critical for expense reports and a delay in the receipt costs money in disbursement lag, AND is frustrating. For this reason alone, I would generally rate lower, but the rest of the service and the car itself was really very good.
7.2 Good29 Sep 2020
Swiftly processsThe Smoke smell of the car was intense - has no tiene to go back and ask for another vehicle. The price was exorbitant. Two hundred dollar for three days.
10.0 Excellent26 Sep 2020
Great experience
3.6 Mediocre6 Aug 2020
Car was cleanCar was leaning to left all the time. Brakes were so bad that it shaked like crazy everytime press on the brake pedals. I have not felt safe for a moment in that car. When I called them they were not helpful
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From £30/dayRated no. 7
Hertz
6.7 Good (918 reviews)
15 locations in Chicago
Hertz
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.2
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 6.4
  • 6.6
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible16 Oct 2021
They accused me of not turning in the rental even though I returned it as it stated in my rental agreement.
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
didn't even pick the care up because the process is so bad and no one answers the phone. I had to pay more for another car because you cant call or get on line to do anything. do not book cars though kayak!
1.9 Horrible11 Oct 2021
Never got van and never received refund. cancellation day of rental I couldn’t move my things.
10.0 Excellent7 Oct 2021
Flawless experience from start to finish! Knowledgable and capable front desk employees who politely (and successfully) strived to help. When I asked one of the vehicle cleaning crew for a paper towel to wipe the water droplets from from the mirrors of my freshly washed car, instead he gently insisted on wiping down the mirrors and windows for me! Vehicle was clean, in new condition, and a joy to drive. Return was lightning fast. I will be back to this location the next time I need a vehicle rental! Thank you Hertz!
1.9 Horrible6 Oct 2021
Website stating the use of credit cards only. Lots of angry people
1.9 Horrible4 Oct 2021
Location allowed me to book a pick up after they closed for the day. Imagine my surprise when I got there to get my car and they were closed!
1.9 Horrible3 Oct 2021
My flight got in late and the Hertz office at Midwsy was already closed. Even though it was nobody's fault and I had go rent a more expensive car from another provider, Priceline-Kayak refused to give us a refund...totally unreasonable!?
7.9 Good23 Sep 2021
The staff at the hertz rental facility were great!
1.9 Horrible21 Sep 2021
Drop off for a Cargo van in DC was scheduled for DCA airport but due to 7ft height restriction I could not return it to the airport. I even called Hertz the night before concerned about the height restriction and they said to return it there anyway. From there I wasted 4 hours calling Hertz and being shuffled to 4 different locations in the DC/Virginia area each telling me I could not return it at those locations. Finally at a location 1hr away from DCA my original drop off I finally had to demand they take it. Kayak probably should look into drop off at DCA for cargo vans since it not possible. HERTZ needs to learn about customer service seeing I wasted a day trying to return a Van. They said they did me a favor by not charging me a drop off fee because I did not return to original location! What a joke since it was impossible to return to that location. Eventually spoke to a supervisor and that was a waste of time. I was my first time using a third party service and will never again use this one or Hertz again.
1.9 Horrible20 Sep 2021
Car was dirty, falsely advertised and the charging port did not work. We paid for an upgrade and felt like we were given a downgrade.
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From £32/dayRated no. 8
Thrifty
6.7 Good (342 reviews)
5 locations in Chicago
Thrifty
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.1
  • 7
  • 6.5
  • 6.3
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre18 Oct 2021
Never completed my rental. Got to the rental car desk in Chicago (ORD), and the line was 30 deep with only 2 attendants working. Went to National instead and got out of the parking lot in ~5 minutes.
1.9 Horrible15 Sep 2021
Two hour wait. Didn't have my car so I upgraded, and then was lied to about the charges. Two phone calls in an attempt to rectify and a note left for the supervisor at drop off. No call back. This company is just awful.
1.9 Horrible7 Sep 2021
Multiple patrons and myself were denied cars despite having confirmed rentals and being in line before the rental location closed, which resulted in me having to book a hotel room for a night costing me over $100 because Thrifty refused to give us a car until the next morning even though our rental confirmed starting that evening. If they refuse to serve within 30 minutes of their closing time, then that needs to be clearly stated at time of reservation and reservations should not be allowed to be booked.
1.9 Horrible6 Sep 2021
2 hours in line to get car. Now they have double charged me! Will not rent with them again.
3.9 Mediocre2 Sep 2021
My decision to rent was made at the last minute. I was able to make my reservation online on my phone while I was standing in line. The price was, I thought, good, $202 for a compact car for 2 days. Unfortunately, despite there being numerous Thrifty rental sites, I was required to return the car at the same location (O'Hare airport), which was not convenient. After 20 minutes in line, the rental process was relatively quick. I was told that my car would be ready in 30 minutes. After 45 minutes, my car was not ready. I got back in line to talk with one of the agents. While in line, a rather upset woman skipped the queue and went right up to the counter. It wasn't hard to overhear her part of the conversation: She had been waiting an hour and 20 minutes and still no car. She walked away, obviously not satisfied. After another 20 minutes in line, I spoke with an agent who said my request for a car hadn't yet been entered and that it would be another 30 minutes before my car was ready. I spoke to another agent, who I believed to be the supervisor, who said the cars were not being returned as fast as they were being reserved (in other words, they were renting cars that they didn't have). He told me there were 3 other customers ahead of me and he couldn't tell me how much longer the wait would be. I proposed telling the people behind me in line that they were being promised cars that weren't available, and he said, "I can't stop you. You'd be doing me a favor." I cancelled the reservation online and took an Uber to my destination. While eating lunch at a restaurant, I received a call from a Thrifty agent 45 minutes later to let me know that my car was ready, unaware that I had cancelled the reservation. This is my first attempt in 20 years to rent a car, so I don't know if this is common.
1.9 Horrible1 Sep 2021
Thrifty sold us a Sedan but were out of Sedans when we got there. We had to upgrade to a large SUV and pay more $ or wait an hour for a Sedan to arrive. We also ordered, and paid for an EZ PASS that was invalid. So not only did we pay for the EZ PASS, we also paid for tolls the entire way back which was upwards for $100. When I called Thrifty, they said they would remove the EZ PASS charge which never happened. And if they didn't, I had to wait for my final bill then call. It's not even worth the time. The Cars we're cheaper than most other rentals, but I can now see why.
10.0 Excellent26 Aug 2021
In a time when it was really tough to find a rental car, Thrifty came through big time. Everyone was really easy to deal with and the car itself was exactly what we needed and didn’t feel over charged. Definitely got our money’s worth!
1.9 Horrible24 Aug 2021
Classic bait and switch. They offer the lowest price on-line, but when you go to pick up your car, they have NONE at the category chosen. You have a choice: wait for a car to come in - I was told maybe 2 hours (and this was already after a 35 minute wait in line) or pay $10 more/day for next level up. And when the folks in line behind me don't have their mid-size car, guess what...they got to pay for the SUV. What a racket! And they simply wash the cars and turn 'em around to the next person. 15 miles down the round, a maintenance sensor went off - and went off every day. Return of car was a joke. Nobody with an electronic scanner to confirm that car was returned on time. I told the guy about the sensor - he said not to worry - it will be checked by the mechanics before it goes out again. Yes, that's probably what the last customer was told as well. Never got an itemized receipt. Cost was $150 more than expected. A reservation means nothing. They should be paying the customer because they don't have the product ordered. SCAM!
3.9 Mediocre24 Aug 2021
The car was fine and the price beat all the competition but the office was woefully understaffed at pick up and drop off. Be prepared to wait an hour.
10.0 Excellent9 Aug 2021
I didn’t know how to work the easy pass, some instruction on that would have been helpful.
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Rated no. 9
Fox
5.9 Okay (212 reviews)
1 location in Chicago
Fox
Locations in Chicago
  • 5.9
  • 6.3
  • 5.8
  • 6
  • 6.1
Recent reviews
1.9 Horrible14 Oct 2021
The only thing I liked was I was able to get a car. Everything could have been better. The car I got needed new windshield wipers. I replaced that myself. The car ran like it was 10 years old. The car had a bad smell.
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2021
The agent was really nice when I returned the vehicle
10.0 Excellent4 Oct 2021
Easy pick-up
1.9 Horrible28 Sep 2021
We stood in line for close to 20-30 minutes while some guy talked on the phone in front of the desk clerk. I went to the counter and asked if the guy could just step aside for a minute to allow us to pick up our car and the guy on the phone and the counter clerk acted like they didn't hear me. We went over to pay-less to rent a car and by the time we had our car the guy was till talking on the phone on and your counter clerk was just standing there. sheesh. Never again will I use Fox.
7.9 Good20 Sep 2021
It would have helped if we were asked about our route/desinations so that we could have determined if toll roads would have been helpful before deciding on whether to buy the electronic toll pass.
1.9 Horrible16 Sep 2021
I waited more than an hour for my car. It would have been much quicker. I had to do the damage assessment for my car; that should be the company’s job.
1.9 Horrible8 Sep 2021
COULD NOT LEAVE THE STATE I BOOKED AND NO WHERE DID I SEE THAT I WAS A IN STATE RENTAL WILL TELL ALL MY FRIENDS FOX DOES BAIT AND SWITCH RENTALS
10.0 Excellent4 Sep 2021
Appreciated the removing of the gas fee when I filled the tank even though I had signed up ahead of time to have Fox fill the tank. All interactions with the staff were courteous, clear and helpful. Will use Fox again! Thank you
1.9 Horrible31 Aug 2021
They charged for gas when the car was filled up less than 2 miles from the airport. Now time will be wasted (by me) to contact them to ask for the return of money that shouldn't have been charged.
1.9 Horrible26 Aug 2021
We didn't find out until we tried to pick up the car at O'Hare airport that Fox does not allow it's rentals to go to the state of Michigan. This is really something that should be highlighted before you rent a car from them.
From £72/dayRated no. 10
National
7.9 Good (37 reviews)
3 locations in Chicago
National
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.9
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 7.9
  • 7.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Oct 2021
good price, good customer svc. Let's go Brandon.
1.9 Horrible8 Jul 2021
No car available on arrival
2.0 Mediocre5 Jan 2021
National didn't have my SUV available nor would they rent a car to me since I was local and not a distant traveler and booked on the same day. Why did they give the option on the website that a car was available? Wasted my time on Christmas day.
6.0 Good18 Dec 2020
The staff was happy to see and serve me. Good customer service.Even though I called ahead, there were no full-sized trucks on the lot when I arrived. They had to get one from some auxiliary lot and drive it in for me. The truck they grabbed had not been properly cleaned - filthy steering wheels and side windows so dirty that I could not see the side mirrors. National made up for this by giving me a free day of rent (refund), and a deep apology from the management. So I will try them again next time.
9.6 Excellent7 Nov 2020
Staff was great, car selection was great (plus free upgrade). Drop off was very easyThe pick up location garage is a little tight to navigate getting out
10.0 Excellent18 May 2020
Exceptional Experience.
9.6 Excellent1 May 2020
Friendly staff...Cup holders and little cubby wasnt clean. Stick with spilled something.
9.6 Excellent7 Oct 2019
I was very pleased
6.8 Good12 May 2019
Way too much confusion trying to locate a car in the class I had reserved (luxury). 5 different people asked if we needed help (we did) but none delivered. After much delay, we got a car that was just cleaned and we’re on our way. Not a very good showing.
10.0 Excellent5 Sep 2018
GMC Arcadia has a very nice smooth ride and customer service was professional.
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From £30/dayRated no. 11
Sixt
6.9 Good (68 reviews)
2 locations in Chicago
Sixt
Locations in Chicago
  • 7.3
  • 7.4
  • 6.7
  • 7
  • 6.7
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent13 Sep 2021
The SixT employee who helped me out at Chicago O'Hare was outstanding. Exceptional customer service!
1.9 Horrible12 Sep 2021
Booked compact, they were out, would not honor the price.
10.0 Excellent3 Aug 2021
Great customer service!
1.9 Horrible15 Jul 2021
SERVICE UPON RENTING AT ORD AWFUL,TOOK OVER AN HOUR AND CALL TO HEAD QUARTERS TO GET A CAR !!
10.0 Excellent21 Jun 2021
Great staff and drop offThe car's gas tank was really weird, the pump kept stopping abruptly as if it were full even though it was at half a tank. i think i managed to fill it up all the way though
10.0 Excellent21 Jun 2021
The staff was great! Very friendly and knowledgeable.We did have a bit of a wait before a second staff member came out, but he was apologetic and very professional. He even provided us a free upgrade. The price of the rental was high, but I also booked last minute and it seems that all rental prices are very high right now.
2.0 Mediocre10 Jun 2021
Staff was friendlyWe never actually got our car because we would have had to wait 2 hours for it. They had run out of cars even though we had a reservation.
6.0 Good4 Jun 2021
The drop off was the best part of the experience. The gentleman who helped us was professional and efficient. The car itself ran just fineWhen you rent a car and there are visible parts missing-two holes where two what look like lights should have been and there is a long list of "dings"-if is off-putting. And when you have a "this car needs to be serviced" notice every time you start--that is off-putting too. It makes you feel like you are driving a car with problems.
2.0 Mediocre3 Jun 2021
I got to the airport around 11:50am while my rental was scheduled to be picked up around noon and was told that they have no cars for me . Rental was paid for in full and yet company didn’t hold the vehicle for me but released it prior to another customer. Customer rep for Sixt then informed me that she will put me on a waiting list with remaining clients and I could try back around 3pm. I am disappointed in both Kayak for partnering with Sixt and them for misleading their clients.
2.0 Mediocre10 May 2021
Deceptive - ordered a mid-size SUV but only offered a small SUV until we had to pay up for the vehicle originally booked.
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Airport Van
5.3 Okay (66 reviews)
2 locations in Chicago
Airport Van
Locations in Chicago
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8.0 Excellent14 Mar 2020
The pick up was close by but I didnt realize it would not be at the airport. The sign is super small and if your not looking for it you would miss the pick up spot. Our group waited over 30 minutes before they finally picked us up.
6.8 Good5 Jan 2020
A good initial price, but was then increased when they forced me to buy insurance before I could get the keys. The vehicle was in excellent shape and clean.The pickup experience was very frustrating and I will not use this company again.
3.2 Mediocre2 Jan 2020
The car’s front end rattled the whole time. Alignment was off pulling to the right. Drivers door made a rattle like a can of beans the whole time we drove over 60mph. The car was dirty when we received it and had over 10 chips in the windshield. Worst rental I’ve ever had.
2.4 Mediocre2 Jan 2020
The car was ready when I arrivedI was charged more than what my quoted price was, costing me nearly $100 more than anticipated. Car had a broken rear windshield, no ice scraper, and a slow tire leak in the middle of winter.
3.6 Mediocre13 Dec 2019
One lady was super helpful and nice, the rest of the staff I interacted with seemed like they hated everything. The second van I received was in excellent condition on the inside, though dented on the outside.Ended up being about 25% more than the quoted reservation cost with no explanation given. Inconvenient pickup/drop off location, at least for transit/walking. Took a very long time to pickup and drop off despite being the only customer there. First van they were going to give me was FULL of trash in the back. Second one was fine. Otherwise rude staff. put a huge hold on your card, mileage limit for IL residents - they do tell you this upfront when you’re there but it’s a bit sneaky if you’re reserving through a third party site like this. Some other stuff I can’t even think of right now cuz I’m trying to push the whole ordeal out of my head. It was pretty darn cheap though.
2.0 Mediocre5 Dec 2019
We thought we were getting a great deal on a car rental for two weeks. When we arrived at the business to pick up our car, we were charged over $120 more than our initial payment. The reason was (at first) that they had to come and pick us up from the airport. When we pressed into why, the next reason they gave us was because we should have reserved the car through a third party like Expedia. Which we did-through Kayak. The NEXT reason they gave us for charging us so much more was that we came through the airport. Which made zero sense because that's where I filled all the information out at the time of making the reservation. We then asked to see the manager and someone else came out to talk to us. When we asked the woman if she was the manager she said, "well, kind of, but not really, I just help the manager." We then asked again to see the manager. She went back to get him and came back to us and said the manager refused to see us and would not come out front. We then cancelled our reservation. As we were trying to find an Uber to get to another car rental location, another customer was going through the same run around and was being charged over $100 than what all her paperwork said. We call this unethical and bad business and will never recommend this company.
4.4 Okay4 Dec 2019
Cheap priceA clean car with all the body parts. Clearer information regarding closing time up front instead of at counter.
2.0 Mediocre28 Oct 2019
I reserved a car to pick up at the O'Hare airport and was told my pick up was for Midway airport so I was left to rent from a different company and paid twice the price.
3.2 Mediocre22 Oct 2019
nothing. THis was the worst rental company ever. Do not rent from them ever.The company charged me more than the rate I booked through Kayak and refused to honor the rate. Also, they said they have a policy that limits people who rent cars from the same state as them to 350 miles per day vs. unlimited, which is what I booked in my contract. The whole "bait and switch" thing was shady and probably illegal. Also, when I got the car home and started loading stuff into it, I realized the car had never been cleaned. There were food crumbs all over the third row, with dirty napkins and drink cups. The irony is that they made me initial something saying that if I smoked or had a pet in the car, I would need to pay $199 for cleaning but they don't even clean out the cars in between customers. I had to vacuum the car myself before going on my trip.
2.0 Mediocre14 Oct 2019
This is an unethical company. They did not honor their written rental confirmation and left me stranded without a rental car at Midway Airport, and nearly every other car rental company was without vehicles. They provided no justification for failing to live up to their written commitment. Avoid this company!
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Rated no. 13
Economy Rent a Car
5.9 Okay (5 reviews)
1 location in Chicago
Economy Rent a Car
Locations in Chicago
  • 6.4
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  • 5.2
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent10 Apr 2016
Awesome people. Great prices. Clean reliable vehicle.No complaints.
2.0 Mediocre29 Dec 2015
The car that wasn't there"Reserved" online. It was not made clear that the company was offsite or that a credit card number was necessary to hold the car. Our flight arrived nearly 2 hours late. We took the shuttle to the rental counter only to realize Economy was in a different location. Called both the local number and the toll-free number and got no answer. By the time my phone calls caught up with me it was 12:30 am and the message was that they would hold the car until 10:00. So now we were stuck at Midway. Luckily we were able to rent anothe car but had to cram 6 adults with luggage into 1 car instead of 2 and had to pay a premium price. I would not use Economy again.
5.6 Okay17 Dec 2015
The employees of the company are friendly and helpful. The car was new and comfortable.The company has a hidden "mandatory" roadside assistance fee of $100. It is NOT printed on any of the paperwork, nor or is there a notification when making the reservation on Kayak. It doubled the price of my rental, but there was 0 communication upfont. I reserve thru Kayak all the time and expect they would be disappointed in the hidden costs as well.
2.0 Mediocre28 Nov 2015
They didn't have a car for me on Thanksgiving!!Nothing.Worst company ever. Told me they gave out all of their cars the night before thanksgiving and they didn't have any car to give me for my reservation. Had to rent from Avis for $260.00 for 1 day when my reservation with Economy was for $70.00
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4836 travellers who hired a car in Chicago gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car hire locations in or near Chicago

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Budget

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£40/day

Good deal

£31/day

When to book a car hire in Chicago

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Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Chicago

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Chicago car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Chicago.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Chicago car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Chicago

  • Are you looking to make the most of your time in Chicago? Renting a car from the airport will allow you to be efficient and drive directly to the doorstep of your destination. With a car you will also have access to the glorious Lake Michigan, the fifth largest lake in the world, with its expanse of beaches and great fishing opportunities. If you are planning to visit the famous Brookfield Zoo, having a car will save you plenty of time and hassle as it is located 13 miles from downtown Chicago.
  • A shuttle bus takes you directly from any of O’Hare International Airport’s 3 terminals to the Car hire Facility, where major hire companies such as Avis, Enterprise, Thrifty, and Budget have counters. O’Hare International Airport is located 18 miles from downtown Chicago and the drive will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • When driving around Chicago keep in mind that it is a sport loving town and you will notice the effect this has on road traffic when the White Sox, Cubs, or Bulls play a game. Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, and United Center are all located in close proximity to downtown Chicago, so be vigilant and check whether these teams are playing -- and plan an alternative route if necessary to avoid these stadiums during big events.
  • Much like other major cities throughout America, rush hour means there will be a lot of congestion on the roads between 7 am and 9 am and 4 pm and 6 pm on weekdays. Being mindful of the increased amount of cars and cyclists on the road is crucial. Keep in mind that it is legal to turn right on a red light unless otherwise indicated.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Chicago for £31 or less
  • Book your car hire in Chicago at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Chicago are around 6% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy car hires in Chicago are around 38% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Chicago

  • Some car hire companies in Chicago which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Thrifty and Avis

  • On average a hire car in Chicago costs £40 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz (£46/day), Europcar (£50/day) and Sixt (£68/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 9240 S. Stony Island 60617 (11 miles from the city centre).

  • Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Chicago are Alamo (8.6, 949 reviews), National (8.2, 50 reviews), and Enterprise (8.0, 828 reviews).

  • The average price of fuel in Chicago is £3.08 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £37 and £49, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Chicago.

  • Car hire companies onsite at O'Hare Intl airport include Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Sixt, Advance Car And Truck Rental, Europcar and Enterprise.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Midway airport include Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise and National.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from O'Hare Intl airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Routes Car & Truck Rentals, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise and National.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Midway airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, Enterprise and National.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Greater Rockford airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise and National.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Chicago costs £27 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Chicago costs £41 per day, on average.

  • A Full-size car hire in Chicago costs £26 per day, on average.

  • In Chicago, cars are most frequently hired at Advance Car And Truck Rental 10255 W Zemke Rd, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois (16 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Chicago costs £277 per week (£40 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Chicago costs £1,187 per month (£40 per day).

  • A small compact car such as a Mitsubishi Mirage is ideal for Chicago to help navigate rush hour traffic as well as the narrow streets and street side parking downtown. Choose a car in which you feel comfortable checking the blind spots, as there are plenty of bike lanes and cyclists on Chicago roads. If you are traveling with others and plan to have a mix of inner city life and coastal exploration, try the comfort and security of a Nissan Rogue SUV.

  • Standard residential areas have a speed limit of 30 miles per hour, while non-urban areas have a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. If you venture outside of Chicago and use an Illinois highway to access Lake Michigan or a nearby town, the speed limit will be either 65 or 70 miles per hour.

  • You can expect to pay approximately $2.60 per gallon for petrol in Chicago, which is in line with the American average. Keep an eye out for price increases around major holidays and the festive season.

  • Street parking in downtown Chicago can be tricky and expensive, so, to save money and hassle, look into the option of using a parking garage. Alternatively, the Metra train system is expansive and an easy way to travel across the city. Find more accessible parking near a Metra station and leave your hire car there while you explore downtown via public transport.