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Car Hire Illinois Deals - Sixt rent a car

If you need a modern rental vehicle for your trip to Chicago or the surrounding area, look no further than Sixt rent a car in Illanois. Whether you're staying in the Windy City, driving up the coast of Lake Michigan, or heading to cities like Springfield or Rockford, travelling by car is a great way to see this world-famous state.

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

    Mo. - Su.06:00 - 22:00
    Bank Holidays06:00 - 22:00
    Book at this branch

  • Chicago O'Hare Airport

    Sixt Car Rental
    10255 West Zemke Blvd
    60666-5053 Chicago

    Mo. - Su.06:00 - 22:00
    Bank Holidays06:00 - 22:00

    24 h return

    Available vehicle categories: Cars & Estates, Sports Cars & Convertibles, 4x4s

Sixt Car Hire in Illinois

When you choose Sixt car hire in Illanois you'll find a convenient branch location just minutes from O'Hare Airport, one of the busiest international airports in the USA. We have plenty of vehicles on offer from some of the world's top car brands and have models to suit all budgets. Simply place a booking via our app or website today!

Our services in Illinois

We cater to all with car hire extras to ensure your trip is stress-free. Families can hire children's car seats, and you don't need to worry about getting lost with Sat Nav rentals. We offer lots of handy extras such as our Miles & More package and multiple driver policies.

Which vehicle category to choose?

  • If you're planning a road trip in Illanois then an estate might be the ideal choice, with plenty of leg room for long journeys.
  • If you're travelling on a budget, a cheap deal on a compact car will help to save you money.
  • 4x4s are a great choice for venturing out into the Illinois countryside.

Driver's license

For car rental in the US, you must bring a valid passport or a valid government-issued ID card, as well as your current driving license. If your license is printed with non-Roman Alphabet then you must also have an International Driving Permit. Although an International Driving Permit is not compulsory for other drivers, it can be beneficial in the case of an accident.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Illinois, as in most of the USA, you must be at least 21-24 years old and you need to have held your license for a minimum of 1 year.


If you are involved in an accident while driving in Illinois, then you should inform the police and your nearest Sixt branch. For emergencies you should call 911, and make sure to find your report form which will be included with the vehicle's papers.

Rental FAQs

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Visiting Illinois

Illinois is a state in the Midwest United States. It's one of the most populated states in the country and is dominated by the huge city of Chicago, which is a hub for both tourism and business. Outside of Chicago there is plenty of nature on offer, with wetlands, farms, and the iconic Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan

No trip to Illinois is complete without a visit to the majestic Lake Michigan. This mammoth lake is one of the biggest lakes in America with a surface area of 22,404 square miles. It hugs the east coast of Illinois and is a great place to visit on holiday.

For a more relaxing and less crowded Lake Michigan experience, head north of Chicago to places like Illinois Beach State Park. Here you can take part in lots of outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, as well as swimming, boating, and paddle-boarding on the lake.

Tip:Although the main highway that heads north doesn't overlook the coast, it's worth taking a short detour to find some Lake Michigan vantage points.

Starved Rock State Park

Away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago there are lots of natural parks with scenic hiking trails, such as Starved Rock State Park. It is full of beautiful rock formations and has areas for camping.

The conserved prairie lands of Illinois are also well worth a visit. There are several protected areas in the middle of the state where the prairie grasses have been left to grow naturally, with help from dedicated conservationists.

Tip:As many state parks and prairie lands are protected, you may have to leave your car at one of the entrances and get your walking boots on!

Important Cities in Chicago

Although is the largest city in Illinois, there are several smaller cities that hold hidden gems. Springfield is the state capital, and Rockford is another popular area.


Chicago is one of the best-loved cities in the US, with thousands of tourists flocking there every year to visit the famous art deco buildings, have their photo taken in front of 'The Bean', and to attend a Chicago Bulls game. History-buffs can enjoy guided tours that talk all about the city's history of gangsters and prohibition, while foodies will love the buzzing, modern restaurant scene.


Springfield is a city that's steeped in culture. With a rich literary tradition that dates back hundreds of years, The Illinois State Library has a huge collection of works by local authors. There are music, drama, and performing arts events throughout the year and the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair is a local favourite.


Rockford is a city that was founded on heavy industry, with many factories in the area. Today the tourism industry is developing rapidly with a vast array of places to visit, including peaceful natural areas such as the Anderson Japanese Gardens and Klehm Arboretum, and museums such as the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Cuisine, climate and children

Climate and temperatures

The climate in Illinois can vary hugely depending on your location. The south of the state generally has hot summers with plenty of humidity and fairly mild winters. Towards Chicago and the north, the summers are still hot but the winters can be very cold with lots of snowfall.

Illinois cuisine

When in Chicago it's possible to find the main local delicacy, a deep-dish pizza, on almost every corner. Other regional favourites include Italian beef sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs with mustard, pickles, and peppers. Elsewhere in Illinois corn is a staple crop so many dishes revolve around it, with sweetcorn and corn dogs. Springfield is known for its 'Horseshoe Sandwich' with a hamburger, fries, and cheese sauce.

Illinois with children

Illinois is a great state for travelling with children. There are lots of fun outdoor activities on offer to help little ones burn off excess energy, and most museums have interactive exhibits to keep them entertained. It's easy to find child-friendly dishes at restaurants and most hotels will happily cater to families.


Your benefits with Sixt

  • Sixt Best Price Guarantee
  • New cars - on average 3 months old
  • Free cancellation and reservation changes when you pay on arrival
  • Miles & More - Earn miles
  • No hidden costs
  • Germany's largest and best car rental company
  • No credit card fees
  • Excellent customer service