Chicago O’Hare Airport Car Rental: The Best Companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Upadted May 11, 2021

While the Windy City has its own well developed transport infrastructure, there’s no substitute for the convenience of your own car. Here are three of the best rental car companies based at Chicago Airport.

A view across Chicago O’Hare Airport (Photo: Erno Hannink via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Positioned on the Northwest Side of Chicago, 14 miles northwest of the Loop business district, O’Hare International Airport has non-stop flights to over 200 destinations in North & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The airport gained fame during the jet age, holding the distinction as the world’s busiest airport from 1963 to 1998, and today is the world’s sixth-busiest airport, regularly serving over 80 million passengers annually.

To help you choose the right agency for your budgetary requirements and other needs, we’ve delved into the options based on three specific categories – Most Affordable, Best for Luxury and Best for Minivans. After analyzing pricing, car availability, company policies, and customer reviews at all of the rental car companies operating out of ORD Airport, we’re picked out three of the best companies below:

Most Affordable: Thrifty

When it comes to balancing price and car quality, Thrifty is our top pick for cheap car rentals at Chicago Airport. Among the great deals we found were a Ford Fiesta priced at $641 for a week’s rental, or for something a little larger, there was also a Ford Focus for just a few dollars more. Customer feedback was strong too, with most of the deals for budget rental cars rating as ‘very good’ or higher.

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Best for luxury: Alamo

The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic and sporty American automobiles and Alamo have 5 such models to pick from at Chicago Airport. The cheapest – while still fairly steep – is a Ford Mustang Cabrio which is available for $2,193 per week. If you’re happy to dig deep for that, then your reward will be the chance to traverse Chicago and its surroundings in a slick convertible that is certain to turn heads everywhere you go.

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Best for Minivans: Budget

If you’re travelling with a large group, or are planning an extensive road trip and are happy to sleep in your transport to avoid the costs of hotel stays, a minivan could be a great choice for you. At Chicago Airport, we’d recommend Budget for minivan hire. Among the impressive deals they offered during our online search was a 7-seat Dodge Van Caravan, available for $1,126 for a week’s rental.

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