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? Aug 11 '13 at 2:52
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    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
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    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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    The terrible service of taxis is one big factor that led to the popularity of Uber. Consider not trying to find a taxi at all and getting Uber instead. Sep 16 '16 at 21:38

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 limos.com, which searches several services. There are lots of alternatives, though.


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.


At ORD, there is a taxi stand right outside the terminals. You won't have to wait long, if at all. They're all generally fine, if no-frills. For something nicer, schedule a limo in advance.

  • If he was actually at ORD that bit about taxis might be worthwhile advice
    – Peter M
    Sep 16 '16 at 20:59
  • The question is asking how to get a taxi to O'Hare.... Sep 16 '16 at 21:13

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