Is it cheaper to shop in Chicago or the suburbs?

With the city’s sky-high sales tax, you’d think everything would be more expensive within city limits. But when we shopped for everyday grocery and household items, we found prices were literally all over the map

Photo: Nicole Radja

One gallon of milk
CITY

$2.99
SUBURBAN COOK

$2.49
DUPAGE

$1.78
LAKE

$3.99

18-ounce box of Cheerios
CITY
$2.99
SUBURBAN COOK
$4.18
DUPAGE
$3.58
LAKE
$4.39

36-count pack of Huggies newborn diapers
CITY
$9.49
SUBURBAN COOK
$8.98
DUPAGE
$9.47
LAKE
$10.49

500-count pack of printer paper
CITY
$5.79
SUBURBAN COOK
$7.29
DUPAGE
$3.72
LAKE
$6.79

12-ounce package of Fig Newtons
CITY
$3.14
SUBURBAN COOK
$3.99
DUPAGE
$3.68
LAKE
$4.69

One eight-count box of YoKids Yogurt Squeezers
CITY
$3.39
SUBURBAN COOK
$4.25
DUPAGE
$2.98
LAKE
$3.79

One pound of ground beef
CITY
$2.99
SUBURBAN COOK
$2.49
DUPAGE
$3.64
LAKE
$1.17

Two pounds of green seedless grapes
CITY
$3.98
SUBURBAN COOK
$3.76
DUPAGE
$5.76
LAKE
$3.98

One gallon of white ceiling paint
CITY
$22.98
SUBURBAN COOK
$15.99
DUPAGE
$11.88
LAKE
$11.97

One large pepperoni pizza, delivered
CITY
$17 ($14.05 for a 14-inch pizza, $2.95 delivery) from Pete’s Pizza in Lincoln Square
SUBURBAN COOK
$15.65 (14-inch pizza, free delivery) from Bogie’s in Mount Prospect
DUPAGE
$21.55 ($18.55 for a 15-inch pizza, $3 delivery) from Aurelio’s Pizza in Addison
LAKE
$16.25 ($13.75 for a 14-inch pizza, $2.50 delivery) from Pizza Italia in Libertyville

One pair of kids’ Converse Chuck Taylor high-tops
CITY
$32
SUBURBAN COOK
$26.99
DUPAGE
$35
LAKE
$39.98

Sales Tax
CITY
$9.61
SUBURBAN COOK
$6.71
DUPAGE
$6.07
LAKE
$6.15

TOTAL
CITY
$116.35
SUBURBAN COOK
$102.77
DUPAGE
$109.11
LAKE
$113.64

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