TIP: For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist pass. Tourist passes help you save up to 50% off of the retail prices of attractions by bundling several together.
To learn more, check out our post comparing the different Chicago Tourist Attraction Passes.
Vertoe and its competitors employ a system similar to Airbnb.
They find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores, that are open early and close late and have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage.
Vertoe, in particular, has over 10 locations in Chicago and over 150 locations in the United States, some of which are open 24/7.
Vertoe’s rates are among the cheapest in the US with bags costing just $5.95/day (online price) and they also offer deals for groups. See their pricing page for more information.
There’s no need to worry about the safety and security of your bag, as they offer $3,000 in insurance and provide complimentary tamper proof security seals at their locations.
Click here to find Vertoe locations.
Vertoe users get to rate and review each of their locations (reviews that you could read before checking your bags).
There are several other companies offering a similar service.
Some have a few side benefits that are worth noting below. Some might offer more convenient locations or hours for you than Vertoe.
Stasher is a British company making inroads in the North American Market with a presence in Chicago.
One feature that stands out is that they claim most of their locations are open 24 hours a day.
$6/day/bag. $5/day/bag for each additional day
$1000 in insurance.
Another reputable company that has locations throughout the world. Prices are $2/bag/hour up to $6/day with $2000 of insurance.
Reservations and payments are made through their website and there is no fee for canceling as long as your reservation time has not started.
Bounce offers 2 options. The first is similar to Vertoe. You pay $2/bag/hour with a limit of $6/bag/day.
The other option is a “pick-up/drop off” service. Contact them for more information.
They offer $3000 insurance.
Unfortunately, TSA no longer allows lockers at airports in the United States, so you won’t find self-service luggage storage at any airport in the country.
You can always call your airline and see how early you can check a bag, as some will allow you to check luggage hours before your flight.
The Hilton, which is directly connected to Chicago O’Hare airport, permits luggage storage for guests up to 4 hours only.
Due to safety regulations, it does not permit luggage storage for non-hotel guests.
If you’re traveling to Chicago by Amtrak, Union Station offers luggage storage for $10 per day, with a valid ticket.
Even if you don’t have an Amtrak ticket, you may store items for $20 per item for 24 hours. Valid photo ID is required. See their website for more information.
Please do not use these for daily use while you visit other sites. It is for museum patrons only.
Be sure to call ahead to be 100% sure, as policies may change.
Also, take note that these museums do not offer any insurance for storing your luggage.
The Art Institute of Chicago charges $1 per item and is complimentary with a museum membership.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Richard Gray Gallery and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum all permit you to leave your bags for free while visiting their facilities.
Traveling to other cities as well? Check out our luggage storage post about solutions in all major U.S., Canadian and European cities, or click below: