Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Summary of cost of living in Chicago, Illinois

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $5,283
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $2,823
  • Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois is more expensive than in 83% of cities in USA (8 out of 42)
  • Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois is more expensive than in 85% of cities in N. America (9 out of 54)
  • Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois is more expensive than in 89% of cities in the World (23 out of 198)

List of prices in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.96
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.86
12 eggs, large $2.54
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.51
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.95
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of coca-cola $2.01
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.06
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $2,261
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $1,637
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $140
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $1,720
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $1,258
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $85
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $35
40” flat screen tv $320
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $46
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $42
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $103
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $104
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $26,047
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.74
Monthly ticket public transport $101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $17
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $133
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.80
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.84
4 rolls of toilet paper $4.15
Tube of toothpaste $2.20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $27
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $49
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $232
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $99
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.01
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.67
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $456
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $1.46
1 month of gym membership in business district $73
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $14
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 718 prices entered by 142 different people.
Latest price update: March 06, 2021

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Chicago position in our World Ranking

the world
23rd
out of 198
n. america
9th
out of 54
usa
8th
out of 42

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