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Cost of Living in Chicago | Illinois

Cost of livingOne personFamily of 4
💰 Total with rent
$2160
$5152
🛋️ Without rent
$930
$3022
🏨 Rent & Utilities
$1231
$2131
🍽️ Food
$528
$1368
🚐 Transport
$242
$619
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4360
🏙️ Population
2.72M

The average cost of living in Chicago is $2160, which is in the top 3% of the most expensive cities in the world, ranked 224th out of 9294 in our global list, 160th out of 2202 in the United States, and 2nd out of 122 in the Illinois.

The median after-tax salary is $4360, which is enough to cover living expenses for 2 months. Ranked 35th (TOP 1%) in the list of best places to live in the world and 15th best city to live in the United States, and 1st most liveable city in Illinois. With an estimated population of 2.72M, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States.

✈️ Closest airport15 kmChicago Midway International Airport
😷 Air qualityModerate12.8 µg/m³
🎓 Best university rank35Northwestern University
Cost of living in Chicago infographic

Prices in Chicago

Eating Out

🍱 Lunch Menu
$13.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$55
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.01
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.8
☕ Cappuccino
$4.46
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.99

Groceries

🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.8
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$2.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.5
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.55
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.8
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$12.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.3
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.63
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.82
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.77
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.6
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.91
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.5
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.85
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$13
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.67
🚬 Cigarette pack
$14
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$9.23
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.26
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$3.73
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.9

Transportation

🚌 Local transport ticket
$2.52
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$108
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$17.6
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.86

Rent & Utilities

🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1535
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$978
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2673
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1759
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$87
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$134
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$54.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.07%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4479
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2068

Other

🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$56.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$126
💇 Haircut, simple
$20.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$45.1
👟 Brand Sneakers
$84.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1294
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$18608

Chicago Cost of Living comparison