A network of major interstates and highways, and Chicago's grid system, make the Loop easily accessible by car.
Getting to the Loop
A number of major interstates and highways feed directly into downtown. Travelers entering Chicago from each direction will connect to the Dan Ryan, Eisenhower or Kennedy expressways and should exit at Congress Parkway, which leads into the Loop from the south.
A number of parking lots and garages are available once inside the Loop, in addition to on-street metered parking. Travelers staying at hotels downtown should call ahead to see if valet parking is an option.
Mobile app provider SpotHero allows customers to search and view available parking options in and around the city of Chicago. By reserving parking online ahead of time through SpotHero, users know exactly how much they're going to pay and where they're going to park.
Carsharing provides the occasional driver with short-term car rentals, guaranteeing the convenience of using a car without the hassle of owning one.
Made available through memberships with companies like IGO and ZipCar, carsharing allows drivers to choose from a fleet of available vehicles and make on-the-go reservations by the hour or day. Gas, insurance and mileage (up to a certain amount) is usually included in memberships, and providers offer 24/7 maintenance and support.