Become a rideshare driver in Chicago, IL
Your city needs drivers like you to keep everyone moving forward. Thousands of riders request rides with Uber every day. You can use your vehicle to get paid to drive in Chicago while getting riders where they need to go.
Uber also connects you to these ways to earn:
Invite friends and family to join the Uber community. Use your promo code when referring others, and you’ll earn a reward after they complete a certain number of trips.
Part-time, flexible hours
An alternative to traditional driving jobs in Chicago.
If you’re looking for driver jobs in Chicago, give Uber a try instead. Get paid to drive or deliver when you want, on the platform with the largest network of active riders.
Driving with Uber in Chicago offers a flexible earning opportunity. It’s a great alternative to full-time driver jobs, part-time driver jobs, or other part-time gigs, temp jobs, or seasonal employment. Or maybe you’re already a rideshare driver and want to supplement your income by becoming a driver using the Uber platform. Drivers using Uber come from all backgrounds and industries, setting their own schedule to make life work for them.
Uber offers part-time driver job alternatives in all major cities in the US, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle—plus hundreds of other cities of all sizes across the country.
To be a driver in Chicago, you must meet certain requirements: meet the minimum age to drive in your city, have at least one year of driving experience, and clear a background check. The documents you’ll need to submit are a valid driver's license; proof of residency in your city, state, or province; and insurance if you plan to drive your own car. To sign up, the process includes submitting documents and photo; providing information for a background check; and finding out if your car is eligible (or getting a vehicle that is). For more information, you can go to uber.com/drive/requirements.
Uber’s mission is to reimagine the way the world moves for the better. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: How do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.
Drivers using Uber are independent contractors who work on their own schedule with flexible hours. Uber is available in more than 10,000 cities worldwide. Signing up is easy for most people. We welcome drivers from other parts of the driving industry, such as bus, truck, taxi, limo, catering, and commercial drivers. We also welcome rideshare drivers and drivers who have been active on other driving apps and services. Driving with Uber is a good way to earn additional money. And you might also be eligible to deliver with Uber Eats. It’s easy to get started.
*DISCLAIMER: Stated earnings of $26.35/hour are based on median earnings of drivers in Chicago from 2023-08-28 to 2023-09-18. Actual earnings vary, depending on factors like number of trips completed, time of day, and location. Earnings include trip fares, certain promotions (which are subject to change and may vary), and tips (which are provided at the discretion of the rider). Median earnings in your specific location may be lower than the city figure. Since median is the middle, you may make more or less than the median amount. For the avoidance of doubt, drivers are paid on the number of completed trips, but not hourly.
Frequently asked questions
- How does driving with Uber compare with full-time or part-time driver jobs in Chicago?
Different driving jobs in Chicago offer different opportunities. Some driving jobs have set hours and strict schedules. With Uber, you can decide whether you want to drive frequently or just a short time on the weekend. Previous rideshare experience is not required.
- If I drive using Uber in Chicago, how often will I be required to drive?
Your schedule is up to you. With Uber, you can get paid to drive when you want. You have the flexibility to be a rideshare driver in Chicago whenever you choose.
- Can riders tip me when I drive using Uber in Chicago?
Tipping is part of how you get paid to drive on Uber. Any tips you make from your customers in Chicago belong to you and are automatically added to your total earnings. There are zero service fees applied to your tips.
- Am I able to track my earnings as I drive with Uber in Chicago?
Whether you’re driving or delivering, Uber’s Driver app offers helpful tools to find out how much you’re getting paid. At the top of your screen, you’ll see a monetary amount that shows your earnings. Look for resources in the app if you want more information about your totals and details.
- Can I drive using Uber and deliver using Uber Eats at the same time in Chicago?
Yes. You can be a rideshare driver and/or delivery person using Uber in your free time with your own vehicle, as long as that vehicle meets the requirements for the type of driving you’re doing. Get more information at uber.com/drive/requirements.
- In Chicago, what are some of the common places where drivers pick up and drop off riders?
Riders using Uber near you frequently request rides to American Airlines, United Airlines, and O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Hotels are also popular pickup and dropoff locations; some near you include Hyatt Regency Chicago. And, of course, O'Hare International Airport.
- Is there a list of vehicles I’m eligible to use as a rideshare driver with Uber in Chicago?
All vehicles must comply with the requirements on Uber’s vehicle requirements page for Chicago and for the ride options listed there. You can access that page at uber.com/drive/requirements.
- Am I allowed to become a driver with Uber in Chicago if I’m already a taxi driver here?
Yes. You can drive a taxi (or have another part-time or full-time driver job) and also get paid to drive using Uber in your free time with your own vehicle.
- In Chicago, what’s a good time to drive to maximize my earnings?
You'll sometimes get in-app messages from Uber about high-demand locations, promotions, busy times, and popular pickup spots. In Chicago, 5pm-8pm is often a busy time for ride requests.
- How do I earn with surge pricing in Chicago?
Surge pricing is designed to balance the market during the app’s busiest times so that riders can always find a reliable ride. For drivers, that means you have the opportunity to make extra money. When it’s busy in Chicago, you’ll see red, orange, and yellow areas on the map. To earn surge pricing, drive to those areas, stay online, and accept your next trip. After you complete your trip, the surge amount will be added to your earnings.
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