Millions of visitors find Chicago's thrilling skyline, impressive architecture and an overall positive atmosphere reasons good enough to come to the famous American windy city. The city of Chicago did not take long to develop into one of the largest US metropolises. Built on marshy swamps next to Lake Michigan, the fifth largest body of fresh water on Earth, Chicago has been involved in a proactive initiative for a green, sustainable environment ever since its early 19th century beginnings. These pioneering attempts resulted in a trend thriving to this day. Chicago is, therefore, deeply rooted in nature, but at the same time it is also a modern, metropolitan city. Sports fans will enjoy their time in Chicago for sure, as it is home to many professional sports teams from the major American league. Art lovers will be happy to know that Chicago boasts a public art collection, where pieces of art created by modern, professional artists are exhibited at numerous public places throughout the city, which makes the whole of Chicago an artistic platform, inviting you to a random "art treasure hunt". If you are more into music festivals, look no further! The city of Chicago hosts over 200 music festivals every year! Small street fests are particularly attractive and fitting for a more romantic experience in some of the city's many neighbourhoods, while huge festivals that attract thousands of people are also an option for a different music experience. Car hire in Chicago is a comfortable means of travelling not only through the city itself, but also to other cities nearby. You can easily drive to Detroit, Indianapolis, or Milwaukee, all lying in the vicinity of Chicago.
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Chicago is traversed by several motorways leading right into the city from all cardinal directions. These motorways and a very logical system of streets organised in a grid make driving your car hire in Chicago rather straightforward. However, it does not mean that occasionally and during rush hour traffic does not get congested. Please bear in mind that driving in Chicago may be competitive at times.
Finding a free parking place does not necessarily have to be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. We recommend public car parks and garages such as those near Navi Pier, a famous attraction, or one of the many others Chicago has. Parking at some of the car parks may be booked online in advance. You can also look up an extensive and interactive map of car parks and garages with available places in real time.
Chicago lies along the south-western shore of Lake Michigan. Due to the cold air movement off the lake, it is relatively common for the city to experience some heavy snowfall near the shore itself during the winter. Summers in Chicago come with an increased humidity rate and the temperature can go up to 33°C. The coldest season in Chicago is usually in January and February. July is, on average, the hottest month in the year. August, on the other hand, although in summer, is known to be the wettest month with a high precipitation rate.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport, known simply as O'Hare, is situated approximately 17 miles north-west from the city loop.
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Address: 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666, United States
Website: Chicago Airport
Telephone: +1 800-832-6352
Navigating Chicago with public transportation is relatively simple. You may use the advantage of purchasing a one or multiple-day visitor pass, which offers great travel value if you are going to have multiple rides. The Chicago Transit Authority is the second largest public transportation system in the United States. It operates an extensive grid in Chicago including trains and buses.
The downtown area is easy to explore both on foot and by car as the streets run at right angles and form a grid. Water taxis are one fun way of exploring Chicago and its sightseeing attractions. However, car hire is certainly the most flexible way of seeing the city at your own leisure.