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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Illinois

Hertz car rental in Illinois is very easy, and with such a variety of things to see and do in this Midwestern state of the US it makes perfect sense to rent a car to get around. To rent a car in Illinois, simply visit one of the many Hertz rental branches here.

Illinois is a real driver’s state, crossed by interstate routes that make driving pure pleasure. In addition, driving is the most convenient way of getting around the vast open spaces between cities and exploring all that this great state has to offer. From the skyscrapers and cultural treasures of Chicago to attractions such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois is a rich tapestry of interest and excitement.

Driving and Parking in Illinois

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Illinois. You will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Illinois, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA.

If you rent a car in Illinois, be aware that parking regulations and facilities will vary between locations. It’s fair to say however that parking provision across the state is relatively good, although you may find parking in Springfield for instance easier than in downtown Chicago on a weekday.

Parking provision across the state ranges from free valet hotel parking in the bigger cities like Chicago to independently owned car parks where hourly charges can vary enormously. One of your best bets is to take advantage of municipal facilities such as underground parking garages, where an attendant will park your car for you. Just remember to give them the customary small tip of a few dollars for doing so.

Driving in and around Illinois

Key routes

As Illinois is at the heart of the US interstate highway system you’d expect the network to be good, and it is. There are 150 scenic byways across the country and Illinois has no fewer than seven of these, so driving is a real delight. With over 2000 interstate miles in Illinois, you’ll have no trouble at all getting out and about, with plenty of opportunity to discover the great American outdoors.

Il 1 is 320 miles long and runs from Chicago to Cave in Rock. It’s one of the most scenic routes in the state.

Il 9 is 218 miles and stretches between Niota and Hoopeston, a historic Midwestern town laid out in 1851.

I-55 connects East St Louis with Chicago and at 318 miles is the longest interstate highway in Illinois.

Interstate Highways

The US Interstate system allows for easy driving connections right across the US and connects up all the major towns and cities. I-70 connects the east coast with Utah, for example, and the I-80 and I-90 run from coast to coast. At the heart of this vast network is Illinois. There are a few things to remember when driving in Illinois or elsewhere in the US:

• You drive on the right-hand side of the road.
• Although the interstate highways allow for plenty of space and quick travel, around the major cities there are usually lengthy jams. Plan your route in advance and try to avoid the peak times.
• Signage is good on all major roads in the US. Speed limits can vary and there will always be police and state troopers checking that you’re conforming to them. Always carry full documentation in case you’re pulled over for a routine check.
• Motorways usually have a speed limit of around 70mph, and in built-up areas this generally drops to 30mph.
** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.