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Tipping in Chicago

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Tipping in Chicago

I'm from Singapore where tipping, I would say, is not a very common move, except for some occasions when we wanted to get rid of the loose change in restuarants. I'd be goin to Chicago for 8 days with my sister n mum in end of March, and heard about e tipping practice in almost everywhere we go. Would need some advice on where tipping is required, and how much.

Eg. Hotel Room service (concierge, baggage carry)

Starbucks and food chains

Shopping malls


Public transport like CTA n buses

What else have I missed out? Do we need to tip when we purchase entrance tickets to the aquariums or museums?

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1. Re: Tipping in Chicago

No tipping is necessary in shopping malls, ticket purchases, museums, supermarkets, or public transport. If you take a taxi, 15% is an average tip amount. In restaurants 15-20% is normal. A few dollars per luggage piece is average.

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2. Re: Tipping in Chicago

It is very thoughtful to leave a tip for the hotel maid who cleans your room. Suggestions range from $1 to $5 per night. Have a safe trip!

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3. Re: Tipping in Chicago

Dave has sound advice, but I would only add that in restaurants, my tipping is confined to 20% (for good service) of the pre-tax total since the establishment is really only collecting the funds for the state/city. But, that's jus me.

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4. Re: Tipping in Chicago

no need to tip at starbucks or fast food, you only need to tip if you have a waiter that takes your order and brings your food, we also tip bartenders if you are planning on going to any bars

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Thanks guys!!!

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