Remind me not to visit Chicago or Cook County on our next trip to the area. Good grief, Charlie Brown! http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/16/sticker-shock-sales-taxes-in-chicago.html I can't imagine what the always-high add-on tourist/visitor hotel taxes will jump up to. We've stayed at hotels on the Magnificent Mile in years past, and some area restaurants were spectacular, but I think those times are past. This tax is atop the gasoline state sales tax, woof! (And you have to pump your own gas...) Best fill up way out of Cook County https://www.illinoispolicy.org/hosed-at-the-pump-illinois-gas-taxes/ How's hope and change working for you now? Wow! PS. The other linked articles highlighted through this piece are also compelling. Have a read.