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Chicago's High Meal Taxes

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Next time you complain your food is expensive, it may not be the restaurant or store's fault. Chicago ranked in the top 3 cities for high taxes when it comes to prepared meals. Chicago, with a combined "meals tax" (sales tax plus additional meals tax) of 10.75 percent) ranked No. 2 behind Minneapolis. But where Chicago charges a somewhat lower additional meals tax, it's the general sales tax that gets us. At 9.5 percent, it's the highest in the top 10. Chew on that. [NRN]