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Airport RV Rentals Chicago Illinois

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

If you are looking for an airport RV rental from Chicago Illinois you are in the right place. USA RV Rentals has locations close enough to the Chicago O’Hare airport (ORD) so that picking up an RV is convenient if you are starting your vacation from the airport. Some RV rental companies may make you spend the night in an airport hotel if you are flying in from an international destination. You may just want to start your RV rental fresh in the morning. Check your terms and conditions to see if a shuttle is available from your hotel or the airport to the RV rental location. USA RV Rentals has the perfect airport RV rental from Chicago Illinois.

Chicago O'Hare Airport
Photo credit: Chicago Five Stars

Class C RV Rentals

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Class C RVs are the most common type of RV. Class C RV’s are characterized by the large bed directly over the driver’s cabin. Class C’s are available in many sizes. I have seen them as small as 22’ and as larger are 35’. These motorhomes tend to sleep more people than a similar sized Class A as you get that extra bed over the driver. Most Class C RVs allow you to walk from the driver’s area into the cabin of the RV, but I have seen exceptions to this, so it is always good to ask before you rent the RV if this is important to you. This RV will tend to be a little easier to drive compared to a Class A motorhome because the wheelbase is much more similar to regular passenger vehicles. In the end, this is the most popular type of RV simply because of the extra sleeping space that it provides. Class C RV’s can be rented from almost any major city across the US including, Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD) San Francisco (SFO), Denver (DEN), Boston (BOS) Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Ft Lauderdale (FLL) Las Vegas (LAS), RENO (RNO), New York City (NYC), Dallas (DFW), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Seattle (SEA).

3D rendering of a Class C RV, which are characterized by the large bed directly over the drivers cabin

Chicago – Local Attractions

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

With so many great places to travel in the United States, why do so many people choose Chicago every year? Chicago has miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan, world class museums and some magnificent architecture. Whether you are a foodie, an adventurist, a sports fan, an architect lover, a beach lover or a kid (or just a kid at heart) Chicago has something for everyone.

 

Chicago Skyscape
Photo Credit: pixers.us

Interesting things to know about Chicago

  • Over 50 million people visit Chicago each year.
  • The population of Chicago is almost 3 million people.
  • Chicago is famous for Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, 1920’s gangsters like Al Capone and Jazz music, just to name a few.
  • Chicago has some really great sports teams including Major League Baseball teams, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs. The NBA team is the Chicago Bulls, and the for America football they have the Chicago Bears.

RVing in Chicago

There are 2 RV rental locations in Chicago. Both locations are located on the north side of Chicago. Chicago’s local transit is the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Two lines run 24 hrs a day. The Blue Line connects Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and downtown and the Red Line Connects the north and south side via downtown. Since you will be travelling in an RV rental get to know the local transit as taking your RV to local attractions can be inconvenient as you try to find parking. Another great way to get around Chicago is by bicycle. DIVVY lets you rent one of 6000 bikes and pickup and drop off at one of over 600 locations. Just download the app to join.

Things to do Chicago: The Foodie

You may have heard that Chicago has a fierce rivalry with the Big Apple for best pizza but Chicago is also known for its variety of ethnic foods. As a ‘city of neighbourhoods’, each neighbourhood has different specialties to tease your taste buds! 

Chicago Style Hotdog:

It wouldn’t be a trip to Chicago without an authentic Chicago style hotdog! Get the best in the city at Portillo’s! Experience this perfect dog fully loaded with all the fixins in a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun.

Chicago style hot dog
Photo Credit: Checkli.com

Deep Dish Pizza:

This city is famous for its Delicious deep-dish pizza! Extra deep means extra room for cheese, sauce and extra toppings! Try Chicago’s best deep dish pizza at  Pequod’s Pizza. Wash it down with their own seasonal craft beer!

Chicago deep dish pizza
Photo Credit: DudeThatCookz.com

The Original Brownie:

Did you know that the brownie originated in Chicago? It was created in 1893 for the Chicago World’s Fair. Stop by the Palmer House Hilton to try one of Bertha’s famous brownies.

Polish Sausage:

Jim’s Original has been serving their Polish sausage the same way since 1939. Get it topped with yellow mustard and piled high with fried green onions and spicy hot peppers. Make sure you ask for your bag of free French fries.

For the Architect Lover

Chicago Cultural Center:

Opened in 1897 and noted as a Chicago landmark, it is the city’s official reception venue. Take the free afternoon tour and admire the stunning 38-foot-diameter mosaic glass dome.

Chicago Cultural Center interior dome
Photo Credit: UrbanMatter.com

Wrigley Building:

Comprised of two iconic buildings, both glazed in terra-cotta, they gleam in the city lights all hours of the day. Walking through the center doors brings you to a secluded park area along the Chicago River also leading to the entrance of the Chicago Riverwalk.

Wrigley Building on a clear sunny day
Photo Credit:Arcitecture.org

Chicago Architecture Center

Teach your about kid your love of architecture at this museum geared towards the whole family. The Skyscraper Gallery has replicas of the tallest building in the world including Chicagos every own Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Relive the Great Chicago Fire as dynamic video, interactive touch screens, and light projections bring the devastation to life. And watch as the city rebuilds itself. If you want to know about how Chicago was established and why it became the city it is today, this is the place to go!

Chicago skyscrapers replica
Photo Credit: Kevin John Siazon

Things to do Chicago: For the Sports Fan

Chicago Bears:

Spend the afternoon with 61,500 other NFL fans at Soldier Field. Home to the Bears feel the energy of the game at this luxury stadium offering all the food, drinks and souvenirs you need to make this an experience you won’t forget.

Chicago Bears logo

Chicago White Sox:

There is no better way to spend an afternoon then at the ball park. Cheer for the home teams as you indulge in the many classic snacks. Don’t forget to order a craft beer and heat to your seat in the Guaranteed Rate Field and watch our favorite game.

White Sox logo

For the Beach Lover

North Avenue Beach:

One of Chicago’s most popular beaches relax and watch the waves or watch the many joggers, rollerbladers and bikers cruise by on the Lakefront Trail. Many options to rent kayaks, SUPs, jet ski rentals. Relax in the sun and sand and take in the city Skyscape or play a round of volleyball.

North Ave Beach Chicago quiet sunny day
Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

Oak Street Beach:

Relax in the sand, spread out a blanket for an afternoon picnic, go for a swim or people watch. Close to downtown and the Magnificent Mile, this beach gives you an up-close view to some iconic Chicago buildings from this scenic beach.

Oak Street Beach
Photo Credit: Wikipedia.org

Navy Pier

This is the place that even the locals hang out. Visit the 3300 foot pier that runs along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. At Navy Pier you can take in Cirque Shanghi’s visually spectacular Dragon’s Thunder. View the breathtaking fireworks set to music every Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer, either from the pier or on an evening cruise, the view will be stunning. Visit Pier Park and ride the 150 foot Ferris wheel or the musical carousel. How about A”mazing” Chicago where you will get lost in the Mirror Maze then stagger through the Spinning Tunnel. Join a Segway tour or rent a bike, what a way to spend the day.

picture of navy pier Chicago from water
Photo Credit: ChooseChicago.com

Things to do Chicago: For the Family

Shedd Aquarium

At Shedd Aquarium be prepared to take a trip of the imagination to an underwater world like no other. Touch the Stingrays, go eye to eye with the dolphins, and take a walk to the south Pole with the Penguins. 

man standing in front of aquarium
Photo Credit: ChicagoTribune.com

Blue Man Group

Chicago is the home of the Blue Man Group. Running since the late 1980’s the Blue Man Group can still be seen at the Briar Street Theatre. Their unique blend of music, technology and comedy appeals to people of all ages. 

Blue Man Group Live on stage
Photo Credit: TicketsAtWork.com

Alder Planetarium

Alder Planetarium was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere in 1930 and is now the oldest planetarium in existence. Learn about the Curiosity Rover by viewing NASA’s full size replica, our solar system and the mysteries of space. 

Arial view of Alder Planetarium at dusk
Photo CreditL Reddit.com

Khol Children’s Museum

What a great place to bring little ones (best for children under 8). It’s a Willy Wonka-land of toys and games and interesting things your little ones. With 17 permanent exhibits and 3 changing exhibits there is always something new to explore. A few of the permanent exhibits are the grocery mart area, water station, train station, musical instruments, arts, potbelly sandwich shop, pet vet and nursery. If the kids get hungry there is also a small cafeteria.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Millennium Park

This park opened in 2004 to celebrate the new millennium, and has quickly become the most popular tourist attraction the Mid-West. There are so many things to do at the Millennium Park so plan on spending the day. On a hot summer day you can spent some time splashing around in the Crown Fountain as pictures of locals tower 50′ above the pool. Tired of the crowds?  You can always find a moment of peace the in Lurie Gardens. Surrounded by local grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees it’s the perfect spot to sit and read or to just share a cup of coffee with a friend. If you are looking for a little adventure you need to try out the climbing wall at Maggie Daley Park. This 40′ climbing structure has something for everyone from beginner to expert.
The Bean in Millennium Park at Dusk
Photo Credit: @LanceAnderson

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve

Located 25 miles outside of the city this 10 mile crushed limestone loop takes you past the waterfalls, to the scenic view over looking the river and through the marshes. This is a great place to hike, bike or walk the dogs.

Kayak the Chicago River

View Chicago in a while new way by paddling down the Chicago River. You can spend the afternoon paddling past the heart of downtown Chicago, past hotels and restaurants or spend the day at North Avenue Beach and have lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Green kayak floating down the Chicago River
Photo Credit: UrbanKayaks.com

Drive into Chicago during sunset to capture the magnificent skyscape and experience Chicago in an RV! One of the largest cities in the world, Chicago offers a little something for everyone. Whatever your heart desires, this city has it! Pack the maps, rent your RV and get this fun city adventure started!

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