Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft.  To find out the cost of living in Chicago, Illinois , See the chart below.

Cost of Living in Chicago, Illinois (United States) is given below in detail:

Expense Type Cost (Local Currency)
Lunch One Person
(including a drink) in the
business district
Fast Food Combo Meal at Restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)$8
500 grams (1/2 kg) of boneless chicken breast$4.40
1 liter of whole fat milk$0.80
1 dozen (12) Large eggs$2.79
1 kilogram of tomatoes (2 lbs)$3.60
0.5 kg (500 grams) local cheese$6
1 kg of apples (2 lb.) $3.53
1 kg of potatoes (2 lb.)$1.52
0.5 litre domestic beer at a supermarket (16 oz)$2.68
1 bottle of good quality red table wine$14
2 liters of Soft Drink (Coca-Cola)$1.86
2 people meal (Bread only)$1.63
Monthly rent of a 900 Sqft furnished accommodation in Posh area$2,132
Monthly rent of a 900 Sqft furnished accommodation in Average area$1,529
 2 people Household Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity, gas) for 914 sq. ft. apartment$156
Monthly rent of a 480 Sqft furnished studio in Posh or Expensive area$1,564
Monthly rent of a 480 Sqft furnished studio in Average area$1,011
1 person Household Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity, gas) for (480 Sqft) studio$94
1 month Internet Connection (8 mbps$34
40 inch flat-screen TV $405
Microwave 800 to 900 Watt made by Bosch, LG, or similar brands$155
Laundry detergent (3 litres~ or 100 oz.)$11
Cleaning hourly rate$22
1 jeans pair from Levis or similar brand$50
Single warm weather dress at Top brand like Zara, H&M or similar$34
Single pair of shoes for sports like Nike, Adidas, or similar brands$83
Single pair of men’s leather formal shoes$129
1.4 cc base vehicle price (Volkswagen Golf)$25,625
1 liter 0.25 gallon) of gas/fuel$0.83
Public transport monthly ticket $105
Business day taxi usage, 8 km. i.e. 5 miles$18
 6 days cold treatment medicine like Tylenol, Coldrex, or similar brands$8
Antibiotics Box (12 doses)$14
Private Doctor Visit (15 minutes)$85
32 tampons (1 Box)$5.92
Deodorant or roll-on  (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)$3.28
Hair shampoo & conditioner(400 ml ~ 12 oz.)$4.60
Toilet paper 4 rolls$2.93
Toothpaste tube$1.68
Men’s haircut at the VIP area$28
Average dinner for two at a pub$44
2 movie tickets$25
2 tickets to best seats at a theater$210
Dinner for two people at an Italian restaurant in the the VIP area including appetizer, main course, wine and dessert$82
One cocktail drink at a downtown club$13
Coffee (Cappuccino) in the VIP area of the city$4.76
1 beer at a neighbourhood pub (500ml)$6
128GB iPad with supported Wi-Fi $419
1 minute of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts included)$0.88
1 month of  business district gym membership$69
1 pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)$12