Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.84
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.83
12 eggs, large $3.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.88
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.44
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.36
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,965
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,491
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $195
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,692
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,024
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $102
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $47
40” flat screen TV $403
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $124
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $50
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $138
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,060
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.68
Monthly ticket public transport $103
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $19
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $33
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $114
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.04
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.74
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.48
Tube of toothpaste $1.75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $44
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $191
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $76
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.52
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.52
iPod nano 16GB $133
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.27
1 month of gym membership in business district $70
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,395 prices entered by 538 different people.
Latest price update: January 17, 2017.

Chicago position in our World Ranking

the world
33rd
out of 226
n. america
11th
out of 60
usa
11th
out of 51

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