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I looked up taxi companies on Yelp, and all of them have 1-star reviews. Called a few and said "I'm going to be in Chicago tomorrow and need a ride to O'Hare" and they say either (a) "just call us 5 minutes before" (an impossible level of service), or (b) "give us 3-4 hours, about, maybe".

I'd think getting a cab from one part of Chicago to O'Hare would be pretty simple, but...

How might one find a decent taxi in Chicago?

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Is a street hail not an option? Where specifically in Chicago do you need to get a cab from? – LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 11 '13 at 2:52
I think that what you assume to be "impossible level of service" might just be what is simply "normal" in some places. I think you should state what you want you actually need to be done, instead of asking for us to find out what is acceptable for you. – uncovery Aug 11 '13 at 3:14
Unfortunately I'll be a few blocks off S. Cicero - not sure there are taxis going by there. – raindog308 Aug 11 '13 at 11:58
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I have had this problem in other US cities (and, to be fair, other countries/cities before). I think many taxi companies are not that interested in taking advance bookings - either they figure there's a good chance you won't turn up, or they just don't manage their taxis that way.

In either case, in US cities, when booking something like this a day or two in advance, I tend to use something like a limo/black car service instead - which isn't as expensive as you might be imagining (in other words, can be price competitive with a taxi). I tend to use an aggregator - something like, which searches several services. There are lots of alternatives, though.

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I know you asked for a taxi and I may have missed your reasoning behind it.

have you considered the L? I've taken it several times and it goes to more places than you think.

Pink line station at s Cicero.

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