Book National hire cars in Chicago

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National car hire prices in Chicago

Intermediate SUV$157/day
Standard SUV$179/day
Compact SUV$183/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Reviews for National in Chicago


" with low mileage"(in 349 reviews)
"Easy off"(in 174 reviews)
", with great efficiency."(in 185 reviews)


"No despite confirmation."(in 276 reviews)
" had terrible smell."(in 269 reviews)
"the I reserved wasn't available."(in 269 reviews)
Overall rating7.6 GoodBased on 25 reviews
Value for money

Recent reviews

Traveller rating
We got the car very quickly and staff at the front counter was great. Dropping off was also really fast and easy and staff was friendly.Reviewed 1 Jan 2024
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Cons:National didn't have my SUV available nor would they rent a car to me since I was local and not a distant traveler and booked on the same day. Why did they give the option on the website that a car was available? Wasted my time on Christmas day.Reviewed 5 Jan 2021
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Pros:The staff was happy to see and serve me. Good customer service.Cons:Even though I called ahead, there were no full-sized trucks on the lot when I arrived. They had to get one from some auxiliary lot and drive it in for me. The truck they grabbed had not been properly cleaned - filthy steering wheels and side windows so dirty that I could not see the side mirrors. National made up for this by giving me a free day of rent (refund), and a deep apology from the management. So I will try them again next time.Reviewed 18 Dec 2020
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Pros:Staff was great, car selection was great (plus free upgrade). Drop off was very easyCons:The pick up location garage is a little tight to navigate getting outReviewed 7 Nov 2020
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Pros:Exceptional Experience.Reviewed 18 May 2020
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Pros:Friendly staff...Cons:Cup holders and little cubby wasnt clean. Stick with spilled something.Reviewed 1 May 2020
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Cons:I was very pleasedReviewed 7 Oct 2019
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Cons:Way too much confusion trying to locate a car in the class I had reserved (luxury). 5 different people asked if we needed help (we did) but none delivered. After much delay, we got a car that was just cleaned and we’re on our way. Not a very good showing.Reviewed 12 May 2019
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Pros:GMC Arcadia has a very nice smooth ride and customer service was professional.Reviewed 5 Sep 2018
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Pros:Great customer service..Reviewed 12 Sep 2017
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Pros:Friendliness of staff about the pick up and drop off locationsReviewed 16 Apr 2017
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Cons:Car was dirty.Reviewed 17 Nov 2016
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Where can I find National hire cars in Chicago?


203 N La Salle St


Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday07:00 - 17:00
Sunday07:00 - 17:00


+1 800 227 7368


5150 W 55th St


Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday06:00 - 23:59
Sunday06:00 - 23:59


+1 844 917 0958


10255 W Zemke Blvd


Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59


+1 833 856 0901

Good to know

Most popular location

10255 W Zemke Blvd

Most popular car type


Top tips for hiring a car from National in Chicago

  • When planning a trip to Chicago, opting for a mid-size SUV for your rental can be a wise choice considering the city's roadways and weather conditions. Chicago boasts a well-maintained network of highways, but it's important to note that the city's streets can be narrower and more congested than in some other metropolitan areas. A mid-size SUV such as the Honda Pilot or similar offers both maneuverability and comfort, as well as versatility for Chicago’s range of weather conditions.
  • Visitors to Chicago looking to rent a vehicle for their stay should note that the local traffic conditions can be particularly dense and challenging at times, especially during rush hours. The city experiences heavy congestion on major expressways like the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94), Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94), and the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), particularly during weekday mornings from 7 am to 9 am and evenings from 4 pm to 7 pm. Downtown Chicago, especially around the Loop area, can be particularly busy due to its status as a major business and commercial hub.
  • Parking is another consideration to be made for those renting a vehicle in Chicago. The city provides a diverse range of parking options from prevalent metered spaces throughout its streets, to a number of parking garages and lots in the bustling downtown district, like the Grant Park North Garage. These facilities offer both hourly and daily rates, providing a secure and hassle-free parking solution. We recommend that visitors download free and convenient parking apps like SpotHero, ParkWhiz, or ParkChicago to ensure that they can find suitable solutions for their specific needs.
  • Visitors to Chicago who choose to rent a vehicle through the National agency are offered a roadside assistance plan aimed at providing them with a sense of security during their rental period. This plan operates 24/7, ensuring that help is readily available at all times. It covers a range of potential issues, including towing services. The plan even extends to emergency medical and legal referrals if necessary.
  • Book your car hire from National in Chicago at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price.
  • Compact car hire from National in Chicago are around 16% cheaper than other car types, on average.

FAQs about hiring a car from National in Chicago

  • What other rental equipment is offered when I book National car rentals in Chicago?

    National Car Rental offers a range of additional equipment options to enhance the safety and convenience of your rental experience. One such option is booster seats, which are designed to provide proper positioning and safety for young passengers who have outgrown their car seats but are not yet tall enough to use regular seat belts. Needing additional cargo space? National also offers roof racks, ski racks, and cargo bins.

  • How old do I need to be in order to book National car rentals in Chicago?

    The minimum age to rent a car in Chicago is 21, although renters between 18 and 20 may encounter additional fees and restrictions. In terms of documentation, a valid driver's license is required, and non-U.S. residents may need to also present an international driver's license and passport. A credit card in the renter's name is typically required for the rental, as it's used for the security deposit and any additional charges. Renters may also need to provide proof of personal auto insurance if they choose to decline the optional coverage offered by the rental agency.

  • Am I allowed to bring my pet with me when I book National car rentals in Chicago?

    National Car Rental allows pets in their rental vehicles, though a pet fee is typically charged to cover the cost of additional cleaning and maintenance required after a pet has been in the vehicle. Use of an appropriate pet restraint or carrier to ensure the safety of both the pet and other passengers during the journey is also required. Renters are responsible for any damage caused by their pets, including scratches or stains. Always inform National Car Rental in advance if you plan to bring a pet, and be sure to comply with any local regulations or restrictions regarding pets in vehicles.

  • What is the most popular car hire from National in Chicago?

    Compact (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type from National in Chicago.

  • How many car hire locations does National have in Chicago?

    National has 3 hire locations in Chicago. Take a look at our National hire location map to find the best car hire near you.

  • Does National have a car hire location at the airport: O'Hare Intl airport (ORD)?


  • Does National offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from O'Hare Intl airport (ORD)?


  • Does National have a car hire location at the airport: Midway airport (MDW)?


  • Does National offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Midway airport (MDW)?


  • Does National have a car hire location at the airport: Greater Rockford airport (RFD)?

    No (according to our data)

  • Does National offer shuttle or airport pick-up services from Greater Rockford airport (RFD)?