Passenger Information


Visit the City of Chicago Data Portal for all Public Passenger Vehicle licenses and Public Chauffeur licenses. 

BACP oversees taxicabs in Chicago including rates of fare, public chauffeur licensing, taxicab inspections, and purchasing medallions. You can file a Taxicab compliment or complaint online or by calling 311. Please make sure you have the cab number when you call.

Open Taxis is Chicago's dispatch for wheelchair accessible vehicles. Open Taxis is operated by Open Doors Organization, and can be reached at 1.855.WAV.1010.



FARE RATES as of January 1, 2016

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 TO SUBURBS, NOT FROM AIRPORT: The rate of fare is STRAIGHT METER to the city limits PLUS ONE-HALF the STRAIGHT METERED FARE from the city limit to the suburban destination.

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

TRIPS TO SUBURBS FROM AIRPORT: Trips from the airports to all suburbs, except those listed below, are STRAIGHT METER PLUS ONE-HALF the STRAIGHT METERED FARE from the airport to the suburban destination.

The following are straight meter fares:Alsip, Bedford Park, Blue Island, Burbank, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Cicero, Des Plaines, Dolton, Elk Grove Village, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Forest View, Harwood Heights, Hines VA Hospital, Hometown, Lincolnwood, Merrionette Park, Niles, Norridge, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Riverdale, River Grove, Rosemont, Skokie, Stickney, and Summit.

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

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


•    Request a receipt.
•    Travel accompanied by a service animal.
•    Request adjustment of A/C, heat, windows, or radio volume.
•    Report a cab driver who is talking, texting on a cell phone or refusing to accept a credit card to 311.
•    Turn in found items to the taxicab driver.


Compliments or complaints? Contact 311 or Outside Chicago? Call 312.744.5000.

Click here for Passenger Information Fare Placard.


Ride Smart Chicago Information 

How to Search Public Chauffeur License Data on City's Data Portal

Online Consumer Taxicab Complaint

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