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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Chicago Schiller Park Car Rental
Economy
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$36.11 per day
Chicago Schiller Park Car Rental
Intermediate
Hyundai Tucson or similar
Hyundai Tucson
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
$64.63 per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW Car Rental
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$70.96 per day
Chicago O'Hare Airport Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$71.56 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Chicago O'Hare Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$72.10 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW Car Rental
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$77.28 / per day
Chicago Midway Airport MDW Car Rental
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$78.46 / per day
Peoria International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$79.63 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:23 on 2022-12-04. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
1
Economy car rental price
$107.90 / per day
Average car rental length
3 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.9

Why rent a car in Illinois?

Illinois is a great place for renting a car. Chicago, the third-largest city in the US is an ever-popular destination. But the state has a trove of other places that make for a great trip. 

USA - Illinois Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in Illinois

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Illinois and drop off in another country:

  • From Illinois to California - 104 offers from $107.20 per day
  • From Illinois to New York - 48 offers from $83.14 per day
  • From Illinois to Florida - 67 offers from $106.35 per day
  • From Illinois to Iowa - 21 offers from $128.76 per day
  • From Illinois to Colorado - 39 offers from $84.14 per day

Top ways to enter Illinois

  • Chicago O’Hare Airport: O’Hare is among the busiest airports in the US and connects Chicago to destinations in all parts of North America and major cities in Europe.
  • Chicago Midway Airport: Located southwest of Central Chicago, Midway Airport has flights to and from destinations all over the US, as well as in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • By land: You can also pick up a rental car in a nearby state and then drive to Illinois. Some large airports near Illinois include St. Louis Airport in Missouri, Detroit Airport in Michigan, and Milwaukee Airport in Wisconsin.

Top cities and places to visit

Chicago: America’s third-largest city is rich in culture and atmosphere, so much so that it ends up being the favorite U.S. destination of many international travelers.

Peoria: Both proud and hospitable, Peoria is famous for its regional museum, botanical gardens, and Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Cahokia Mounds: A World Heritage Site, Cahokia Mounds was was once the center of the Mississippian Culture and still shows traces of pre-Columbian Native American life.

Shawnee National Forest: Located near the state border with Missouri, Shawnee has unique rock formations and great hiking trails.

Galena: This cozy town on the Mississippi experienced its golden age in the 19th Century, and traces of that time can still be seen in its museums and the Old Market House. It makes a great day trip from Chicago.

Most popular rental car

The most often picked rental car in Illinois is the Nissan Rogue, although travelers also like the Toyota Corolla and the Jeep Wrangler a lot.

Crossing Borders

While Illinois doesn't border Canada, the country could be reached through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (or Minnesota). Some rental companies allow their cars to be taken to Canada (some may require extra insurance or roadside assistance to do such). Routes and Sixt are two that certainly don't. 

At the same time, Illinois borders six states. With all rental companies, except Routes, you can drive to each of these states. Note that with Sixt, you are only allowed to drive to certain states in the Midwest (including all of the states neighboring Illinois. 

If renting from Routes, you are not allowed to leave the state with the vehicle without prior permission which will come with an additional fee and limited mileage. 

Toll roads

The Chicago area (stretching into the rest of the northern part of the state) has a few different interstates that are tolled including portions of I-88, I-90, I-294, I-355, and IL-390. In addition, there is a connection between the northwest border of Indiana and the center of Chicago via a bridge known as the Chicago Skyway.

Outside of the northern part of the state, there are no toll roads.

While you may see some old information stating that you can pay with cash at toll booths in Illinois, this is outdated. The state permanently ended the acceptance of cash in 2021 (it started during the covid pandemic).

You must now either have an I-Pass transponder or use the Pay-by-Plate system. This means that if you don't have a transponder and pass through a toll gate, you can go online and use the license plate of the car to pay for the toll (though it will cost more). You must make the payment within 14 days of traveling on the road.

Rental companies offer toll pass packages that include a transponder. However, they usually charge a hefty daily fee for it. While it makes things more convenient, you may be better off not taking it and paying the tolls on your own online.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car types in Illinois are intermediate, fullsize, and special.

Top driving routes

  1. Chicago - Columbus, Ohio (357 mi / 574 km) The nearby Ohio state’s capital and largest city, Columbus is about five and a half hour drive away from Chicago.
  2. Chicago - St. Louis, Missouri (296 mi / 476 km) One of the great cities of U.S. Midwest, St. Louis is just a four and a half hour drive away from Chicago, making it a great next travel stop.
  3. Chicago - Toronto (521 mi / 838 km) Canada’s largest city can be reached in about eight hours, but you can split the route into two or three days if you decide to also visit Detroit that’ll be on the way. Note that if you’re coming from Chicago to Toronto, you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your car rental provider first to make sure they allow it.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $192 per day
  • Large cars - from $119 per day
  • Medium cars - from $102 per day
  • Vans - from $163 per day
  • Premium cars - from $106 per day
  • Small cars - from $103 per day
  • SUVs - from $134 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Illinois:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Illinois is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 16% cheaper than the yearly average.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

Top 5 Most Popular Cities in Illinois

  1. Car Rental in Chicago from $69.90 per day
  2. Car Rental in Rockford from $79.63 per day
  3. Car Rental in Peoria from $79.63 per day
  4. Car Rental in Bloomington from $97.60 per day
  5. Car Rental in Springfield from $97.60 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Illinois?

The cost of renting a car in Illinois depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Illinois
$45.21
January
$42.50
February
$37.20
March
$43.77
April
$37.76
May
$39.24
June
$43.69
July
$36.16
August
$46.04
September
$42.87
October
$41.60
November
$33.97
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Illinois is December — prices start from $33.97 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 17% cheaper than the yearly average and 26% cheaper than renting a car in the month of September (when prices start at $46.04 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and how far in advance you book. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Illinois?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in December — an average of 7 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Illinois
6
January
5
February
5
March
6
April
6
May
5
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Illinois?

DiscoverCars.com users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Illinois. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is February.
Popularity of Car Rental in Illinois by Monthly Searches
72%
January
60%
February
74%
March
85%
April
112%
May
154%
June
163%
July
139%
August
93%
September
92%
October
80%
November
76%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Routes Car Rental Kia Sorento 5 1 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Dodge Durango 5 3 SUVs
Europcar Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Routes Car Rental Dodge Grand Caravan 5 2 Vans
Europcar Jeep Compass 4 3 SUVs
Thrifty Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Rent a Wreck Kia Sorento 4 2 SUVs
Dollar Mazda 3 5 3 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Spain
Chevrolet Colorado
March 3, 2022
I went to Appleton, Wisconsin and the roads are very well.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
March 2, 2022
I’m coming back soon!
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Durango
January 25, 2022
Chicago is an active city and having a vehicle is a beneficial tool, as ubers can become costly. This service allows you to get a vehicle for a decent price.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
November 5, 2021
Your prices are absorbing, you need to provide a better shuttle service, perhaps direct from airport
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Durango
April 22, 2021
If you are about saving a few dollars on rental and spending it on piece of mind this is a great place to rent from.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
September 30, 2020
As always be alert and safe I live in New Your so I was used to Chicago traffic plus I visit often just never had to rent a car due to the fact that I always use my dad’s car when I visited
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Caravan
February 18, 2020
Rented a Dodge Caravan for 4 adults with large baggage to attend Great Lakes Navy Academy graduation. Vehicle rental was cheaper than round trip and extra travel for entertainment using the cheapest transportation. Booked through Travelocity.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
November 1, 2019
My only complaint is the other drivers in that area. Tailgating, using phones while driving, this is really stupid and also unsafe. At high speeds an accident is serious, could result in your death or serious injury or someone else's. Is it really worth the risk? Try this instead: keep the left lane open for passing. If you want to drive fast, then don't tailgate, just use the left lane to pass. Calm down and drive at safe distances, and absolutely do NOT use your phone while driving!
United Kingdom
Kia Rio
September 30, 2019
Crickets in Wisconsin sing sweeter than the ones in Chicago and The Korner House, 2736 E.Higgins Rd, Elk Grove Village make the best egg and bacon sandwiches!
Bolivia
Hyundai Sonata
May 21, 2019
Great City
Ireland
Toyota Yaris Advance
February 28, 2019
There are tolls everywhere that don't actually say how much they are. You have to take a shuttle to the Multi-Modal garage. It takes a while between waiting for shuttle, then waiting for car. Get the GPS.
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
February 25, 2019
This was a business trip.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Rogue
February 2, 2019
Great City!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
November 12, 2018
Love Chicago.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Wrangler
October 12, 2018
Well, I'm originally from here. Visiting family. People should visit my family! They are a hoot!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
July 30, 2018
cost effective and friendly service
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
July 24, 2018
Easy driving
United States of America (USA)
Honda Civic
June 25, 2018
I wait about 45 minutes for pick up shuttle. That's what I have. other than that no question.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla Sedan
June 6, 2018
Only went through the Chicago airport on way to Michigan.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.97 / 10
Lowest rated company
Europcar
7.09 / 10
Total number of reviews
37
Total rental companies
16
Lowest daily price
$26.02

Top 16 Suppliers in Illinois in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 10 reviews
8338631447
10255 W ZEMKE BLVD,
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+18887498227
10255 West Zemke Blvd
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
+18335111751
1115 Capital Airport Dr, Springfield, IL 62707
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
+17738941900
10255 West Zemke Boulevard
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
National
National
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
+18338560901
10255 W Zemke Blvd, Chicago, IL 60666
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
7734812400
10255 West Zemke Blvd
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5 / 17 reviews
+17738254600
10255 West Zemke Blvd
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Rent a Wreck
Rent a Wreck
Excellent 8.4 / 4 reviews
+17089249776
5225 West 79Th Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8.3 / 1 reviews
2242200604
10255 West Zemke Blvd
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.2 / 30 reviews
7735856142
5150 W 55Th Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Excellent 8.1 / 3 reviews
+1224782677 / +1878223872
10501 Delta Pkwy, Schiller Park, IL 60176, United States
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Excellent 8.1
8476714000
3901 N MANNHEIM RD SCHILLER PK
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Excellent 8 / 811 reviews
+18443779987 / +18476714000
3901 Mannheim Rd, IL 60176
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8 / 7 reviews
+13127410788 / +18002254369
10256 W Zemke Blvd Suite 830, Chicago
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 7.9 / 19 reviews
+18772830898
2200 69Th Avenue
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Wed:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-22:30
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7.1 / 41 reviews
+13127410788
10256 W Zemke Blvd Suite 830, Chicago, IL 60666
Working hours
Mon:05:00-23:59
Tue:05:00-23:59
Wed:05:00-23:59
Thu:05:00-23:59
Fri:05:00-23:59
Sat:05:00-23:59
Sun:05:00-23:59
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