Getting around Chicago & Renting a Car
June 23, 2014 11:05 AM Subscribe
We (two adults and one rambunctious toddler) will be visiting family in Morton Grove, IL this coming week (Jun 28–Jul 4). Although we will be spending a few days with the family, we also want to make a number of trips into the city to see the sights. Since we are outside of Chicago we're wondering about the logistics of getting around.
posted by Deathalicious to Travel & Transportation around Chicago, IL (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Assuming that we do rent a car for one or more days, which sights would require the use of the car, and which would work with public transportation? Note that we are around 10 minutes from the nearest bus stop and 20 minutes from the train station.
So far, none of the sights we're interested in look ideal for public transportation. For example, the Museum of Science & Industry is at least a 1.5–2 hour haul on a variety of public transportation, but just 30-40 minutes by car. In fact everywhere I look in Chicago it seems there is a 3-4:1 ratio of public transportation time to car travel time.
I would like to take the L at least once or twice, and ideally other forms of public transport as well. Is there somewhere inexpensive where we can park all day, and then use buses/trains/etc to get around?
Finally, any car rental recommendations apart from the standard airport rental options? Particularly since renting from an airport location makes it inconvenient to rent the car for only part of the trip?