Chicago prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$77.60

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Chicago hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
60.00 - 100.00
131.00 - 163.00
151.00 - 296.00
143.00 - 431.00
304.00 - 713.00


Chicago hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
30.50 - 39.00



Hotel seasons

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Chicago hotels generally have their high season rates active from May through September, and cheaper places are hard to find during this time of year. This is also a major business city so it’s often possible to get good rates on weekends at business-oriented hotels. Bargains are easy to find from December through March, for those who can put up with the weather.

Chicago is sometimes overlooked, but in spite of that it’s one of the world’s great cities and very worth a visit. It’s classic America combined with an amazing combination of recent foreign influences.

This city can definitely be expensive on tourists, though it doesn’t have to be. Hotels in Chicago’s central downtown area can be priced almost as high as New York City or San Francisco, so staying a bit farther out can help cut costs. Your transportation costs are low or non-existent if you do stay central, so that can balance out.

There are plenty of cheap and free attractions, so those on tight budget can be entertained, though some of the more famous sights and museums are not cheap at all. If you plan on hitting several of the major museums and tours, then have a look at our review of the Go Chicago Card for possible savings.

Chicago is also a classic restaurant city, with ethnic neighborhoods clustered just near the city center, plus plenty of great choices in the tourist district. Again, getting a bit out of the center can save some money, though budget choices are always available if you don’t mind sandwiches and fast food.

Chicago attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Art Institute of Chicago One of America's finest and most famous museums is worth a visit. adults 23.00
students 17.00
seniors 17.00
Field Museum of Natural History This is one of three great museums on one campus by the river. adults 31.00
children 21.00
seniors 25.00
Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck Ride an elevator up to the observation deck on the country's tallest building. adults 19.00
ages 3-11 12.00

Chicago transportation prices USD

  Price
Taxi from ORD airport to city center 40.00 - 50.00
Shuttle van from airport to city center 15.00 - 25.00
Metro from airport to city center 5.00
3km taxi ride in Chicago 8.00 - 11.00
Bus or metro ride in Chicago 2.00 - 2.25

Chicago food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Depending on location you might have cheap coffee shops nearby or almost nothing. 5.00 - 9.00
Budget lunch Plenty of great ethnic meals and even good fast food options are available if you seek them out here. 5.00 - 10.00
Budget dinner Again, plenty of great budget options if you seek them out. Hotels in the main district can be pricey. 8.00 - 15.00
Beer (pint) Domestic beers are often on good specials in neighborhood bars. Trendy places will be more expensive. 3.00 - 5.00
Cocktails (glass) Prices for mixed drinks can vary widely, depending on the type of place. 5.00 - 10.00
Deep dish Chicago pizza (large) Pizzeria Uno is the most famous place serving these filling and unique pizzas. 22.00 - 27.00

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Chicago facts

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Population 2,800,000
Metro area 9,800,000
Time zone UTC-6
Currency US dollar
Airports O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Avg temps & precip

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weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Chicago has significant temperature swings throughout the year, with hot, humid summers, and freezing winters. For this reason most agree that spring and autumn are the ideal seasons to visit, with no chance of extremes. It rains consistently through the year, but not so much that you can expect several days straight unless you get unlucky.

Sunrise and sunset

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