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Rent a car in Illinois with Sixt to explore the Prairie State's lush forests, rolling hills and epic lakes. Chicago is the cultural epicenter of Illinois and the start of the iconic Route 66 that winds for 301 miles through the state, beginning at Lake Shore Drive on the banks of Lake Michigan. On this page you can find out more about Illinois and our premium car rental service.

Choose a car rental in Illinois with Sixt for a premium rental car experience. Use our fast and efficient online booking service to make your car rental reservation in Illinois. Here you can find sightseeing tips for the cities of Chicago and Springfield as well as useful information about our fleet, services and optional add-ons.

  • Chicago O'Hare Airport
    10255 West Zemke Blvd
    60666-5053 Chicago

    Mo. - Su.05:00 - 24:00
    Bank Holiday05:00 - 24:00
    Book at this location

  • Chicago O'Hare Airport

    Sixt rent a car
    10255 West Zemke Blvd
    60666-5053 Chicago

    Mo. - Su.05:00 - 24:00
    Bank Holiday05:00 - 24:00

    24 h return

    Available vehicle categories: Compact Cars & Sedans, Sports cars & convertibles, 4x4 / SUV

Sixt rent a car in Illinois

Our Services | Tips for the Region | Climate, Cuisine, and Traveling with Children

Our Services

When you book your car rental in Illinois online with Sixt you can tailor your vehicle rental with optional add-ons. These include additional drivers and GPS navigation systems along with extra coverage options to suit your specific needs. We also offer one-way rentals between some stations that enables you to drop your vehicle off at a different Sixt branch, in Illinois or further afield. At Sixt we provide top of the line customer service in case you need assistance and we accept all major credit cards for your convenience.

Which vehicle class is right for me?

  • Sedans are great for families and small groups in both urban areas and for driving long distances between cities, we have both economy and luxury sedans in our car rental deals in Illinois.
  • Convertibles are some of the most fun and stylish rental vehicles available, cruise with the top down on a hot summer day.
  • SUVs are powerful and can handle a huge variety of terrains and driving conditions. They also have plenty of luggage space and some models can carry up to 7 passengers.
  • For larger groups we have spacious minivans or passenger vans equipped with high-grade safety features, great for a group car rental road trip in Illinois.

Driving License

To rent a car in Illinois you need a valid drivers license that is good for the entire rental period. Foreign licenses printed in a non-Roman alphabet must be supplemented with an international drivers license. There are further requirements for some vehicle types. Please see the rental and license requirements during the online booking process for more information.

Car Rental under 25 and additional drivers

The minimum age for a car rental in Illinois is 21. A young driver surcharge is applicable for drivers under 25 years old. If you're doing a road trip, then you can easily book and additional driver.


In Illinois, our car rentals come with a full tank of gas. Please return your vehicle with a full tank to avoid any extra fuel charges or select our useful pickup full-return low optional add-on on the booking page.


In the event of an accident please contact the police. In Illinois and across the US the emergency number is 911. Also contact the Sixt branch where you rented the car and fill out the accident report form that will be enclosed in your vehicle documents.

Tips for the Region

While Chicago is an obvious highlight, Illinois also boasts a fantastic stretch of Route 66 and the scenic Shawnee Hills in the south. Its nickname, the Prairie State, gives you a clue to the scenery on offer. Crossing the Mississippi River in the south, Route 66 winds its way through Springfield and into downtown Chicago in the north. Driving along this highway is in many ways the quintessential American road trip. Illinois has it all, from drive-in roadside movie theaters to the kitschy attractions on Mother Road like the Gemini Giant. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Shawnee Hills offer hiking trails with striking geological features such as The Garden of the Gods.

Important Cities


With an immense skyline, world-class theaters, brilliant museums, and a stunning location, Chicago is one of the most exciting cities to visit in the United States. Take your rental car cruising along the Magnificent Mile commercial district to take in architectural highlights such as the Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower. Then head down to the Navy Pier for its family-friendly attractions and views over Lake Michigan. The city also allows you to see as many shows and concerts as your vacation allows. Must-see museums include the Art Institute of Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright's House and Museum and the epic Field Museum of Natural History complete with the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex.


The capital of Illinois and the home of Abraham Lincoln, this historic city is dotted with museums and institutions dedicated to the 16th president of the United States. Highlights include the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Lincoln Tomb and War Memorials. It's also worth checking out the Illinois State Capitol where you can take a tour of the building and its striking dome.

Climate, Cuisine, and Traveling with Children


Illinois has a humid continental climate with a rainy springtime and hot summers. In the winter it gets cold and windy and there can be heavy snowfall. Though not markedly blustery Chicago is known as the Windy City, possibly also because of the breeze coming in from Lake Michigan.


Illinois has a diverse cuisine taking influences from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We highly recommend trying state classics such as the Italian Beef Sandwich jammed with spicy pickled vegetables, the excellent pierogi made popular by Polish immigrants, and the gut-busting deep-dish pizzas. The high quality of the beef in the region means you can get excellent steaks.

Traveling with children

Some of the best attractions for children are in Chicago with Adler's Planetarium, the Navy Pier and the Chicago Children's Museum all offering incredible days out. In the summer months use your rental car to enjoy the excellent water parks in Illinois, the largest being Raging Waves in the north. Illinois' charming small towns also provide great days out for children. Visit Galena in the northwest of the state near the Iowa border for its picture perfect 19th Century buildings and fantastic toy shops.

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