Chicago Car Rentals
Chi-Town, The Windy City, the City of Broad Shoulders—no matter what you call it, Chicago is undeniably a world-class destination. Chicago is home to some of the most prestigious museums in the world, an eclectic culinary scene, and thriving music community. It may be small in size for a major city, but it's big on culture and diversity.
With a Chicago car rental, you can enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast in Pilsen in the morning, explore the West Side's Garfield Conservatory in the afternoon, and be in the Loop by evening to take in a show, whether your genre of choice is music, comedy, or theater. Here are some top activities for your trip to Chicago:
Catch a game at Memorial Stadium
Memorial Stadium is located in Champaign, Illinois, about a two-hour drive south of downtown Chicago. While it may seem like a lengthy excursion, the trip is quite soothing, and you'll enjoy the beautiful Midwest scenery as you drive by in your Chicago car rental.
The stadium is home to the University of Illinois at Champaign Fighting Illini, a beloved team that draws in the crowds to fill out the 62,872-capacity facility. But history buffs will also find great pleasure in visiting. The stadium was opened in 1923 as a memorial to the Illinoisans who sacrificed their lives in World War 1. Take some time to look at some of the 200 columns that serve as the foundation for the stadium, as they contain the names of those fallen soldiers.
Explore Chicago Theater
A walk through the Loop's theater district will give you an idea of the vastness of Chicago's performance community. Known as the Broadway in Chicago outlets—many of these feature shows destined for or previously featured on Broadway. For instance, "The Producers" made its debut at the Cadillac Palace.
Other historic theaters include the Oriental and Auditorium, as well as the Broadway Playhouse. Arguably even more essential to the history of Chicago performance is The Second City, which has been the starting point for countless comedians who have made their way to Saturday Night Live, and beyond over the past three decades. Stop by for an improv act or a two-act sketch revue, depending on the night.
Take an architectural Tour
Sign up for a guided tour, or plan your own, and explore the city's architecture in your Chicago car rental. Take a trip to the Oak Park neighborhood to find a village of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, as well as the renowned architect's home and studio, which is now a museum. Walk along the Magnificent Mile to find examples of Gothic Revival architecture, and take a look at the pre-Great Fire buildings still standing today in Pilsen and Bridgeport.
Those looking to kick back and relax during the exploration, may want to opt for a boat tour that takes you along the city's waterways and past some of the magnificent displays of architecture for which Chicago has become known for.