By taking out car hire in Chicago you'll be able to experience it all first hand...
Chicago, famous for its theatre district, lends its name to the musical. The Chicago Theatre is located in the Loop area of the city, which also features more of Chicago's famous landmarks – including outdoor sculptures, a range of art galleries and the Palmer House Hilton hotel.
The Loop area of Chicago is also the location for the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) – the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. Shooting up in an elevator to the Skydeck, you can take in a view of the city from higher than 400m.
The Magnificent Mile, a stretch of the city linking the Loop and the so-called Gold Coast, has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and hotels along it. Make use of car hire to help you access the wide range of attractions on the banks of Lake Michigan, including the Lincoln Park Zoo and Navy Pier – where you can take a stroll along the promenade and take a boat trip.
Among the city’s many parks is the 10-acre Museum Campus, housing three of the city’s main attractions – the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.
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When you book car rental, Chicago can be a base for day trips to nearby attractions or the start of an American road trip...
Chicago is a huge and sprawling city and renting a hire car will save the time, cost and hassle of using public transport to get from A to B. When you book a vehicle for your American holiday you can also put the city in the rear-view mirror and see much more of Illinois – and beyond.
Historic Route 66 begins in Chicago. You could follow this time-worn highway all the way to Santa Monica in California if you wished, though it’s a 2,000-mile journey and will take days. Alternatively, trace its early steps out of Chicago and return the same day.
The shores of Lake Michigan hold many attractions for visitors. It’s also the only one of the Great Lakes that you can drive around without whipping out your passport and crossing into Canada. Take a tour up the western shore from Chicago and visit the city of Milwaukee in the state of Wisconsin. It takes two hours to drive between the two. It’s a groovy place with just enough attractions. Take a detour on the way there or back and visit pretty Lake Geneva to enjoy an infinitely slower pace of life at the water’s edge.
Drive east from Chicago and visit Shipshewana at the heart of Indiana’s Amish Country. This village and the surrounding areas offer a glimpse of the Midwest from another era. Take a horse-drawn buggy ride and feel the unique atmosphere. It takes two and a half hours to drive between here and Chicago, so you might want to factor in an overnight stay.
The next big city with a strong tourism offering is Detroit, though you are looking at a drive of four and a half hours from Chicago.