Chicago Hotel Tax Jumps to 16.4%
Staying in a hotel room in Chicago got more expensive on January 1. The city increased its hotel tax by one percentage point, bringing the total (including state taxes) to 16.39%. This puts Chicago in the same league as New York City and Las Vegas when it comes to taxing overnight stays. City officials said that the average additional cost per night will be $1.78.
The city, which is currently running a significant budget deficit it hopes to cover with this and other new taxes, plans to generate as much as $14 million yearly for its coffers with the increased hotel tax.