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Chicago Taxi

Chicago Taxi

With more than 6,500 vehicles, Chicago has the second largest taxi fleet in the country. Taxis are plentiful in the Loop and easy to hail.

Although Chicago taxi offer a convenient way to get around the city, taking a taxi is a lot more expensive than a bus or train, but it can be worth it if you are in a hurry or for short distances. It is standard to tip the driver about 15-20 percent of the fare, plus $1-2 per bag if the driver helps you with luggage.

Both O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $30 - $50 from O'Hare, and $30 - $40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.

Taking a Taxi in Chicago

City of Chicago Taxicab Fare Rates

Flag Pull (Base Fare) $ 3.25
Each additional mile $ 2.25
Every 36 seconds of time elapsed $ 0.20
First additional passenger $ 1.00
Each additional passenger after first passenger* $ 0.50
Vomit Clean-up Fee $50.00
Illinois Airport Departure Tax** $ 4.00
*Applies only to additional passengers aged 13 through 64.
**Applies only to taxi fares leaving the airports.

Tolls are an extra charge to the passenger.
The fare does not include a tip.
There is no extra charge for baggage or baggage handling.
If your driver chooses to assist you, tipping is appropriate.

Trips from the Airport
A $4.00 airport departure tax is levied by the State of Illinois per trip, not per person.

Discounted shared rides

This program allows up to four passengers to share a taxi for a flat fare per person. Each passenger can be dropped off at a different destination.

Airport Flat Taxi Shared Rates:
Two or more independent travelers may choose to share a taxi from a designated airport cab stand for a flat rate per person at the following rates:

From: To: Rate per Person:
O'Hare Airport Downtown $24
Midway Airport Downtown $18
O'Hare/Midway Midway/O'Hare $37
Midway McCormick Place ($18 per person)

"Downtown Chicago" is 22nd Street to Fullerton Avenue, Ashland Avenue to Lake Michigan, and includes McCormick Place.

Click here to view the Chicago Passenger Information Fare Placard

You can file a Taxicab compliment online or by calling 311. Please make sure you have the cab number when you call.

Taxi Company and Phone Numbers

Taxicab Company Phone
American United Cab Association 773-327-6161
Blue Ribbon Association, Inc. 773-508-9100
Checker Taxi Association, Inc. 312-243-2537
Chicago Carriage Cab 312-326-2221
Choice Taxi Association 773-338-9503
5 Star Taxi Association, Inc. 773-866-9933
Flash Cab Company 773-561-1444
Globe Taxi Association, Inc. 773-725-6500
Gold Coast Taxi Association 773-271-0163
King Drive Cab Affiliation 773-488-8000
KOAM Taxi Association 773-973-3535
Royal 3 CCC Chicago Taxi Association 312-326-2221
Service Taxi Association, Inc. 773-262-2211
Sun Taxi Association, Inc. 773-736-3883
24 Seven Taxi Affiliation 773-878-8294
Yellow Cab Affiliation, Inc. 773-907-0020

Before boarding a taxi, look for a City of Chicago issued medallion on the hood of the vehicle. A licensed Chicago taxicab number is four digits or less and matches the license plate.

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