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Chicago Taxis

Chicago Taxi General Information and Tips


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Taxi Service in Chicago

There are so many amazing places to eat, drink, explore and listen to amazing live music in Chicago, so you want to be able to get around the city quickly and easily. The most comfortable and convenient way to get around is by using a Chicago taxi. There are around 7,000 taxis in Chicago that are available 24/7 and can be called on the phone, hailed in the street or picked up from a taxi rank.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
8 €
8 €
10 €
10 €
yellow cab with taxi sign on the roof

Chicago taxi prices

In Chicago, all taxi drivers must adhere to the official tariff ordinance that is set by the district government. The official fares for the yellow cabs in Chicago were set in 2016 and to ensure every driver follows them, they must use officially calibrated taximeters to calculate your journey fee.

Base fare – $3.25 USD (€3)

Price per mile – $1.80 USD (€1)

Please keep in mind that there are additional fees for things such as additional passengers ($1 USD (€0.80) for the first passenger and $0.50 (€0.40) for each one after that), keeping your driver waiting for an hour ($20 USD (€17)) and taking a taxi from the airport ($2 USD (€1.70)).

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How to get a yellow cab in Chicago

One of the easiest ways to get a Chicago taxi is by hailing one from the street. If you’re in the downtown area, simply lookout for the yellow cabs and stick out your arm if it’s empty. If you’d prefer, you can also walk to a taxi rank and take a cab from there. You can find official taxi ranks at the main transport hubs in Chicago such as Union Station and O’Hare airport, at most of the tourist attractions and the major streets such as; Logan Square, Jefferson Park, Indiana Av, Wolf Point Plaza and Streeter Drive.

The final way to get a Chicago taxi is to call one of the local taxi companies. As they are available 24/7, this is a great option if you’re out late at night or during bad weather. Some of the trusted taxi services in Chicago are:

Chicago Checker: +1 (312) 243-2537

303 Taxi: +1 (847) 303-0303

Flash Cab: +1 (773) 561-4444

Yellow Cab Chicago: +1 (312) 829-4222

American United Chicago: +1 (773) 248-7600

Book your Chicago taxi in advance

There’s nothing better when arriving in a new city than knowing that all your transport needs are taken care of. If you book your Chicago taxi in advance, you don’t need to worry about waiting in the street for a taxi to pass or calling a phone company and waiting for your cab to be dispatched. If you book your taxi service in Chicago with Welcome Pickups, you can enjoy guaranteed on-time pickups, 24/7 customer service and unbeatable prices. 

Chicago taxi tips

  1. Make sure your driver resets the taximeter to the base fare before you begin your journey.
  2. Passengers are responsible for any tolls incurred during their journey.
  3. There’s no additional fee for baggage or using the trunk of the taxi.
  4. Chicago taxis don’t come with a baby seat as standard but you can bring and fit your own for free.
  5. You can pay by credit card without a convenience fee or surcharge.

Wheelchair accessible taxi service in Chicago

There are over 20 licensed taxi companies that offer ADA compliant, wheelchair-accessible taxis. They all have a rear or side entry ramp and can fit up to 4 other passengers aside from the wheelchair user. Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Chicago can be requested on-demand or in advance and cost the same as any metered taxi in the city. Bookings for wheelchair-accessible taxis in Chicago are made through a centralised system, by calling Open Taxis on +1 (855) 928-1010 or +1 (773) 657-3006.

Chicago taxi safety and complaints

Although there have been some problems with unlicensed or rude taxi drivers in Chicago in the past, the city has been going to great lengths to improve both the safety and experience of taking a local Chicago taxi. On all taxis, you will now see a “How’s my driving? Compliments or Concerns, Call 311 Report Taxi Number.” On the upper bumper, which is helping the district government make these improvements. If you experience an issue with your fare, rudeness or safety while riding in a Chicago taxi, you can call +1 311 to make a report to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. You will need to leave your name and contact, along with the name or taxi number of the driver you are making the complaint against. 

Frequently asked questions

How do you call a taxi in Chicago?

There are many different phone dispatch taxi companies operating in Chicago. Each one operates using the official taximeters rates and is available 24/7. Some of the top Chicago taxi phone companies are Chicago Checker: +1 (312) 243-2537, 303 Taxi: +1 (847) 303-0303, Flash Cab: +1 (773) 561-4444, Yellow Cab Chicago: +1 (312) 829-4222 and American United Chicago: +1 (773) 248-7600. Please note that there are extra charges for using this service.

How do you pay for taxi in Chicago?

All of the local taxis in Chicago use a taximeter to calculate your fee. The distance you travel or the time you spend waiting in traffic will determine your final fee. There’s always a base cost of $3.25 USD (€3) and then a price per mile of $1.80 USD (€1). You can pay for your journey using both cash or credit card. If you’d prefer the peace of mind that comes with a set-rate fare and guaranteed on-time pickups, we recommend booking your Chicago taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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