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Car Rental at Chicago Midway Airport

Chicago Midway Airport is the city's second-largest passenger gateway after one of the United States' busiest airports, O'Hare International Airport. As opposed to the latter, which is located near the city's North Side, Chicago Midway Airport is located just eight miles southwest of the Downtown Loop. If you want to get into sightseeing right away without the massive crowd that is typical of O'Hare, fly into this smaller hub and arrange for a car rental at Chicago Midway Airport to get you around the major tourist sites right away. Like its bigger sister, the smaller airport serves the Chicago metropolitan area albeit catering more to low-cost carriers.

The Chicago Loop

The ‘Loop’ is the commercial core of Chicago and contains the bulk of the city’s historic structures and institutions dedicated to culture and the arts. Driving around the Loop in your Chicago Midway Airport car rental is easy as it is located within a few blocks of the city’s main corridor, Michigan Avenue. From there going north is Chicago’s renowned ‘Magnificent Mile,’ a prestigious section of Michigan Avenue which is home to name-brand shops and boutiques catering to the upper crust of the Gold Coast, about 30 minutes northeast by rental cars from Chicago Midway Airport. The ‘Mag Mile’ is the main artery going to the Lakeshore Drive that runs along the Gold Coast and Lake Michigan.

Amish Country

A little more than 100 miles to the east by car hire from Chicago Midway Airport is the Amish country of northern Indiana. In striking contrast to the shiny and sleek automobiles you can see on Chicago's 'Mag Mile', you can find buggies along winding country roads while aromas of baked breads, cookies and pies waft through the air. Driving your Chicago Midway Airport car hire, browse through shops that sell homemade jellies and honey from bees kept in the premises. The Shipshewana Flea Market is popular for one-of-a-kind finds.

Illinois Parks and Wildlife

Illinois has scores of parks and wildlife and natural areas that provide relaxing weekend breaks to Chicago residents. Within a two-hour drive southwest using car hire in Chicago Midway Airport, you will arrive at Illinois' most visited, Starved Rock State Park. If you are pushed for time and could not make the drive to the canyonlands of the southwest, Starved Rock – with its canyons on a much more manageable scale, waterfalls and wildlife – makes an excellent day trip in your rental car in Chicago Midway Airport. White-tailed fawns, wild turkeys, striped raccoons, bald eagles, beavers, badgers, otters and warblers are just a handful of animals that call the park home. Driving time is about two hours by rental car from Chicago Midway Airport.

Great River Road

For most of its length, US Route 61 follows the course of the Mississippi River which winds through 10 states. The Illinois segment of the road is signed as the National Route which passes through its southwest border Chester, about five and a half hours to the south by car rental from Chicago Midway Airport. The closest segment of the Great River Road, however, is in Davenport, Iowa; hire car at Chicago Midway Airport, and you will be there in three hours. You can then choose to follow the road up north to Minneapolis in Minnesota, or south to New Orleans in Louisiana.