Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.90
12 eggs, large $3.01
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $4.49
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.66
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.69
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes $1.82
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.26
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.97
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,097
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $163
Internet 8MB (1 month) $52
40” flat screen TV $524
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt $215
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $16
Hourly rate for cleaning help $16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) $39
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) $93
1 pair of leather business shoes $110
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new $21,813
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.86
Monthly ticket public transport $108
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) $21
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) $8
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.52
Tube of toothpaste $1.85
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $24
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $23
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $211
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert $106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $11
Capuccino in expat area of the city $4.91
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPod nano 16GB $207
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $1.01
1 month of gym membership in business district $84
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $11
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Latest price update: March 28, 2015.

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