Cost of living in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $4.72
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.84
12 eggs, large $3.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.84
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.03
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.32
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.29
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.02
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,987
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $1,461
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $187
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,629
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $959
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $117
Internet 8MB (1 month) $45
40” flat screen TV $442
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $142
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $10
Hourly rate for cleaning help $19
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $55
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $47
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $85
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $133
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,129
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.69
Monthly ticket public transport $101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $24
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $32
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $92
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $5.39
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.49
Tube of toothpaste $1.70
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $46
2 tickets to the movies $25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $132
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $79
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.70
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $5.76
iPod nano 16GB $178
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.28
1 month of gym membership in business district $68
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $12
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,119 prices entered by 475 different people.
Latest price update: August 25, 2016.

Chicago position in our World Ranking

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35th
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n. america
11th
out of 69
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11th
out of 57

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