Chicago gas prices 2nd highest in nation

May 4, 2011 9:10:36 AM PDT
Chicago has the highest gas prices in the contiguous 48 states, with consumers paying more than ever before.

One of the highest prices in the city could be seen at a BP in Uptown where the gas was ringing in at $4.85 a gallon.

According to AAA, Chicago is at $4.44 a gallon on average. Illinois is at $4.28 a gallon. The national average is $3.96 a gallon.

The record-high prices now place Chicago as the most expensive place in the nation to get gas, except for Hawaii.

Some of the highest prices in the city are rapidly approaching $5 a gallon. A spokesperson for AAA says Chicago is one of few major cities that charges a gas tax on top of the state and county taxes, while prices overall are up due to supply and demand along with unrest in the Middle East.

And, don't forget, summer travel will also be starting soon.