Chicago Visitor Fees Skyrocket from New Taxes

Chicago the windy city has for a long time been trying to dismiss the unenviable image of being a high-cost travel destination. A survey published by the National Business Travel Association, found Chicago to be the city with the greatest amount of taxes on travellers of any major city in the United States. A fact that seems to have proven to be a forewarning to the new fees just imposed by state and city on incoming visitors.

Airport taxi ride fees are doubling, from $2 to $4; O’Hare International Airport car rentals will be hammered with a daily fee of about $8 later this summer; and Chicago is among a number of cities lobbying for a hike in the airline ticket-tax limit, from $4.50 per leg of a flight to as much as $7, and the city has stated its intent to raise it to the maximum.

While some of the cities most valued visitors in the convention and exhibition industry have had a win, with the restructuring of operations and cutting costs at McCormick Place. This makes good sense from a business point of view concerning the United States largest convention center.

Now none of these fees from an individual point of view are seen as a major hit to the back pocket. But overall they do add up quite quickly to visitors expenses in an already named expensive city.

Mayor Richard Daley’s office said in a statement that “a decision to raise fees is always made reluctantly, but always carefully. We are confident that Chicago will continue to flourish as a global destination.”

The doubling of fees on airport taxi and commercial bus rides are a trade-off for the new law restructuring McCormick Place, with proceeds to fund the marketing of McCormick Place and Rosemont’s convention center.

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