On a national level, that is. Chicago's ranked at 110, right on par with Miami, in Mercer's Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012. That's actually down a couple of spots from where the Second City was last year.
The only U.S. city to make the 50 most expensive list is New York City, at 32.
The ten most expensive cities in the world are: Tokyo, Japan; Luanda, Angola; Osaka, Japan; Moscow, Russia; Geneva, Switzerland; Zurich, Switzerland; Singapore, Singapore; N'djamena, Chad; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; and Nagoya, Japan.
U. S. cities are: New York City (33); Los Angeles (68); San Francisco (90); Washington, D.C. (107); Miami (110) and Chicago (110); Portland, Oregon (178) and Winston-Salem, North Carolina (195).
The Mercer study looked at 214 cities across five continents, comparing them on transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.