Experience Illinois in one of our rental cars.

Get a taste of the Midwest in Illinois. The Prairie State is more than just cornfields and industrial manufacturing - there's a wide range of activities and attractions in both rural and urban settings. Explore the French and Indian roots of this culturally rich area, or just take in the sights of one of the most beautiful Great Lakes states. Head to Illinois and check out these family-friendly destinations:

Savor the Windy City in your Chicago rental car

As the country's third biggest city, Chicago is a global hub for finance, transportation and industry. But you're not here to work, so start your trip in Millennium Park. Here, you'll find "The Bean," an infamous, massive sculpture nicknamed for its peculiar kidney bean shape. Afterward, sit down for picnic in nearby Grant Park or take a seat at one of the many eateries. Gather the family in your Chicago car rental and make your way to Navy Pier for 50 acres of pure fun. It's the city's No. 1 attraction, featuring a 150-foot Ferris wheel, a lift-and-twirl, mini golf, an IMAX theater and the Chicago Children's Museum. While you're in the city, spend an afternoon traversing the city's Museum Campus - winding paths will lead you to the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. Looking to cool off? The city has several beaches, where you can sit back, relax and take in beautiful Lake Michigan.

Hit Gurnee for some family fun

Drive your Illinois car rental about an hour north to Gurnee, a village practically made for wholesome entertainment. The location is home to Six Flags Great America, which features more than a dozen exhilarating roller coasters and a massive waterpark with slides galore. For even more waterpark madness, visit the KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, which will make you feel like you're in a tropical paradise. Gurnee Mills is the place to go for shopping. This huge mall has more than 200 stores, as well as restaurants and theaters for when you need to get off your feet.

Next stop: Springfield

Illinois' capital, Springfield, is the place to go to learn about the state's intriguing history. Visit Abraham Lincoln's home and the store he worked at as a young man before becoming president. Take a family tour of the Old State Capitol, then get in your Illinois rental car and hop between the city's many museums, like the Illinois State Museum or the Trutter Museum. Springfield also offers a host of outdoor activities, including 13 golfing facilities, a marina, canoe rentals, fishing and a multitude of parks and gardens. Animal lovers will want to stop by the Henson Robinson Zoo or the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary. You could even hike your way through the Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail.
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