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Chicago car rentals in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car rental in Chicago. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on May 29, 2024.

Most popular company

KYTE

Price of gas per gallon

$4.58

Average price per day

$66

Cheapest price per day

$19

What is the cheapest time to rent a car in Chicago?

Discover the most affordable period to rent a car in Chicago and save money on your trip. The monthly average price data is based on historical data over the last year and was last updated on May 29, 2024.

January

$38

February

$40

March

$48

April

$52

May

$59

June

$63

July

$65

August

$65

September

$58

October

$58

November

$52

December

$50

Currently, the cheapest month to rent a car in Chicago is January. The most expensive time to rent a car is July. The cheapest prices for each month are shown above, but prices will vary based on availability, how far out you book your rental car, and of course, car type.

Compare available car types for rental in Chicago

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for rental in Chicago to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on May 29, 2024.

Small cars

$44 - $82

All Car Types

$48 - $95

To rent a small car in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $66/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a small car in Chicago, the United States (~$44/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$82/day). In fact, February is about 35% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a small car saves you 7% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Chicago small car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a medium car in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $61/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a medium car in Chicago, the United States (~$43/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$83/day). In fact, February is about 31% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a medium car saves you 14% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Chicago medium car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a large car in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $80/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a large car in Chicago, the United States (~$58/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is August (~$100/day). In fact, February is about 28% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a large car is 10% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Chicago large car rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a SUV in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $71/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a SUV in Chicago, the United States (~$43/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is August (~$105/day). In fact, February is about 40% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a SUV saves you 2% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Chicago SUV rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a van in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $113/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a van in Chicago, the United States (~$82/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is June (~$131/day). In fact, February is about 28% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a van is 37% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Chicago van rental prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To rent a pickup truck in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $61/day. January is the cheapest month to rent a pickup truck in Chicago, the United States (~$39/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is July (~$117/day). In fact, January is about 37% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a pickup truck rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a pickup truck saves you 16% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a luxury car in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $91/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a luxury car in Chicago, the United States (~$68/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is October (~$129/day). In fact, February is about 27% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a luxury car is 22% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To rent a convertible in Chicago, the United States, you would pay an average price of $123/day. February is the cheapest month to rent a convertible in Chicago, the United States (~$60/day), while the most expensive month to rent that same car type is August (~$174/day). In fact, February is about 52% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a convertible rental for Chicago. When comparing with other car types available for rental in Chicago, renting a convertible is 42% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Chevrolet Spark$22/day
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Chevrolet Spark
Nissan Versa$30/day
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Nissan Versa

Tips for renting a car in Chicago

Browse helpful tips for renting a car in Chicago including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on May 29, 2024.
  • Chicago benefits from an extensive network of toll roads and tollways managed by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA). Notably, the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), often called the "TriState," plays a pivotal role as a major toll road in the Chicago metropolitan area. This significant thoroughfare forms an expansive loop encircling the city, connecting numerous suburbs and facilitating seamless travel between Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Additionally, the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) serves as another prominent tollway, stretching from the O'Hare International Airport area westward through the northwest suburbs and into northern Illinois, providing essential transportation links for travelers in and around Chicago.
  • When traveling with children and renting a car, it is essential to adhere to proper car seat guidelines for their safety. Infants and children under the age of two years must ride in a car seat facing the rear. For children between the ages of two and four years or those who have outgrown their first car seat, a car seat facing forward with a harness should be used. Children between the ages of four and eight years must use a booster seat. Once children reach the age of eight years or are at least 4 ft 9 in tall, they can transition to using a seat belt that fits them correctly for their continued safety during travel.
  • When visiting Chicago, there are numerous attractions and landmarks that you can explore in your rental car. Drive down Michigan Avenue, known as the Magnificent Mile, and admire the iconic architecture, luxury boutiques, and vibrant cityscape. Park your car and stroll through Millennium Park to see the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as "The Bean," as well as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Crown Fountain. Enjoy the scenic drive along Lake Shore Drive to Navy Pier, where you can experience entertainment, rides, restaurants, and lakefront views.

Top rental agencies in Chicago

Explore the leading car rental agencies in Chicago known for their outstanding service and extensive range of vehicles to choose from. There are currently 8 car rental companies in Chicago. Reviews were last updated on May 29, 2024.
Book your reservation with one of the top rental car agencies located in Chicago, including Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis. Be sure to do your research on pricing, reviews, pickup locations, and other important criteria before choosing.

Alamo

8.1
Very good
383 reviews3 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.4

Overall

8.1

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

7.8

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7.6
Good
329 reviews28 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

8.0

Overall

7.6

Pick-up/drop-off

7.5

Value

7.3

Avis

6.6
Okay
152 reviews12 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

7.4

Overall

6.5

Pick-up/drop-off

6.4

Value

6.3

Payless

6.3
Okay
366 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.3

Overall

6.3

Pick-up/drop-off

6.3

Value

6.4

Budget

6.1
Okay
390 reviews10 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

7.0

Overall

6.0

Pick-up/drop-off

6.2

Value

5.9

Hertz

6.0
Okay
611 reviews18 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.7

Overall

5.9

Pick-up/drop-off

5.8

Value

6.0

Thrifty

5.4
Fair
230 reviews5 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.5

Comfort

6.3

Overall

5.3

Pick-up/drop-off

5.1

Value

5.6

Dollar

5.4
Fair
336 reviews4 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

6.8

Comfort

6.7

Overall

5.3

Pick-up/drop-off

5.5

Value

5.5

Best Chicago car rental deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car rental deals in Chicago. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect rental option for your needs. There are currently 8 rental car agencies in Chicago with an average daily rate of $30. Data was last updated on May 29, 2024.
The best offers we've found on car rentals in the Chicago area. Deals are updated frequently so be sure to check back soon for more options.
Dodge Charger$19/day
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Dodge Charger
Nissan Sentra$21/day
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Nissan Sentra
Toyota Yaris$22/day
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Toyota Yaris

Car rental FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car rentals in Chicago, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on May 29, 2024.
  • Is there an airport location where I can rent a car in Chicago?

    Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) provides rental car services from approximately 12 different companies. If you arrive by flight, you can access the Rental Car companies in the Multi-Modal Facility by taking the Airport Transit System from the terminals. On the other hand, if you are using ground transportation to reach the airport for car pickup, you'll find the MMF conveniently located on Zemke Blvd., adjacent to the airport terminal area. The Multi-Modal Facility serves as a central hub for rental car services, making it easy and convenient for travelers to access their chosen rental vehicles.

  • What are some of the best places to rent a car in the center of Chicago?

    In the center of Chicago, you'll find several reputable car rental companies conveniently located to cater to your needs. Some of the best places to rent a car in the heart of Chicago include Union Station, which has car rental counters where you can easily pick up a vehicle after arriving by train. Along Michigan Avenue, close to the Magnificent Mile, you'll find car rental companies with easy access to major attractions. Near Millennium Park and Grant Park, you can find rental agencies that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The River North neighborhood also offers car rental options, providing a great starting point for your Chicago adventures.

  • What are some good things to have with a car rental in winter in Chicago?

    When renting a car in winter in Chicago, it's essential to be prepared for the colder weather and potential winter driving conditions. If possible, opt for a rental car equipped with winter tires or all-season tires suitable for winter driving. Keep an ice scraper and snow brush in the car to clear snow and ice from the windows, mirrors, and lights before driving. Pack some extra warm clothing like hats, gloves, scarves, and heavy coats to stay comfortable during cold weather. A small shovel can be handy for digging out your car if it gets stuck in the snow. If you plan to travel to areas with heavy snowfall, consider bringing snow chains or traction mats to improve grip on slippery roads.

  • What is the cheapest rental car found in Chicago?

    In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $66/day when booking a rental car in Chicago. The best deal a user found was for $25/day from Getaround, booked on May 26.

  • What car rental company is typically the cheapest in Chicago?

    According to our data, users have found the cheapest deals when booking a rental car in Chicago from the following companies over the past two weeks: Getaround ($19/day), Turo ($22/day), and Thrifty ($39/day).

  • Which car rental company is considered to be the best in Chicago?

    Taking our users’ ratings and reviews into consideration, Alamo (8.0 rating), Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.6 rating) and National (7.5 rating) seem to be the best rental car companies in Chicago.

  • What are gas prices like in Chicago?

    The average gas price in Chicago is $4.58/gallon over the past month, costing you anywhere between $54 and $79 to fill up a car’s gas tank.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Chicago for a week from Kyte?

    Kyte is one of the most popular car rental companies in Chicago, offering car rentals for around $361 per week on average.

  • How far in advance should I rent a car in Chicago for the best price?

    Booking your car rental early can save you up to 27% on your rental. Aim to book your car rental at least 7 days in advance to take advantage of a below average price in Chicago.

  • Can I rent a car for a month in Chicago?

    Yes, cars are available to be rented out for an entire month in Chicago.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Chicago for a month?

    Generally, a month-long car rental in Chicago can be found for about $1,549, with the average price for a rental being around $52 a day. Book with Getaround, to take advantage of their cheap prices and pay 77% less compared to the average price of car rentals in Chicago.

  • How much is a car rental in Chicago for a weekend?

    It costs $83 for a weekend car rental in Chicago, on average. The cheapest type of car rental you can book on any given weekend is the Full-size as prices are generally lower for these rental types due to demand and availability. If you’re planning to book a rental car in Chicago in June, prices are $65 per day on average.

  • What car do most people rent in Chicago?

    The majority of Cheapflights travelers prefer to rent a Premium (Chevrolet Impala) in Chicago, making it the most popular option.

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Luxury car rentals in Chicago

Find luxury car rental deals in Chicago from well-known providers in the area and save on gas mileage with the options provided below. luxury car rentals in Chicago cost an average of $36 per day. Price data was last updated on May 29, 2024.
Ride in luxury during your trip to Chicago by selecting one these great deals we've found. If these car rental deals don't suit your needs, make sure to check back soon as we're constantly finding new offers for our users.
Audi A4$34/day
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Audi A4
BMW 3 Series$35/day
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BMW 3 Series
Cadillac XTS$35/day
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Cadillac XTS

Car rentals by fuel type in Chicago

Browse car rentals by fuel type in Chicago. Currently, Hybrid cars are the cheapest to rent in Chicago. Deals were last updated on May 29, 2024.

Browse through car rental deals by fuel type in Chicago. There are currently 3 fuel types to choose from with Hybrid being the cheapest ($34+).

Electric

Electric

Gas/Diesel

Gas/Diesel

Hybrid

Hybrid

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