A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Amman vs. Chicago for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Amman or Chicago?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Amman and Chicago. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Amman or Chicago?

Amman

Amman is the largest city in of the Hashemite Kingdom of the country of Jordan. It is also the capital city of Jordan and has a population of over four million people. Many people use Amman as a base for venturing out into the rest of Jordan and other surrounding countries. There are many things to see and do in Amman.

Chicago

Located in the Midwest, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States. It has a population of almost 3 million and a metropolitan area that covers more than 10,000 square kilometers. It is also a hub for music, comedy and theater. It's skyline is beautiful with modern skyscrapers and Lake Michigan as a backdrop. It is easy to stay entertained in Chicago for weeks. There are world class museums, upscale or eclectic shopping opportunities, and impressive architecture.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Luxury Tours to Jordan, The Best Budget Tours to Jordan, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to United States of America, and The Best Wildlife Tours to United States of America.


Which place is cheaper, Chicago or Amman?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Amman is $110, while the average daily cost in Chicago is $288. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Amman and Chicago in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Amman $49
    Chicago $198
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Amman $98
    Chicago $396
Compare Hotels in Amman and Chicago

Looking for a hotel in Amman or Chicago? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Amman


Hotels in Chicago


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Amman Hotel Prices and Chicago Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Amman $24
    Chicago $37
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Amman

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amman:


  • Bus Ride (for Two)
    $0.71
  • RIde to Airport
    $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amman

Also for Amman, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Amman Airport to Amman Hotel : $23
  • Active Aqaba Private Transfer from to Amman or Airport or Dead Sea: $57
  • Airport Private Transfer to or from Amman or Dead Sea or K.H.B: $60
  • Airport Transfer To Dead Sea Hotel: $59
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to Amman City: $68
  • Airport Transfers Upon Arrival to the Dead Sea: $104
  • Airport pickup or drop off transfer from or to Amman city: $23
  • Airport to Dead Sea Transfer (private shuttle): $85
  • Amman Airport (AMM) to Amman Hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $87
  • Amman Airport (AMM) to Amman hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $43
  • Amman Airport Private Departure Transfer: $27
  • Amman Airport Private Luxury Transfer To Amman, Jordan: $35

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Chicago

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Chicago:


  • Parking
    $19
  • Taxi Ride
    $10
  • Taxi from Airport
    $45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chicago

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Chicago:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Chicago APT-HTL (ORD) , (MDW): $128
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Chicago APT-HTL (ORD) , (MDW): $126
  • Private Transfer: Midway Airport MDW to Chicago by Luxury SUV: $176
  • Private Transfer from Chicago City to Chicago Airport (ORD): $58
  • Private Transfer from Chicago City to Chicago (MDW) Airport: $146
  • Private Transfer from Chicago Airport (ORD) - Chicago City: $58
  • Private Sedan Transfer from Chicago Downtown to O'Hare airport: $220
  • Private Sedan Transfer from Chicago Downtown to Midway airport: $220
  • Private SUV Transfer from Chicago Downtown to O'Hare airport: $240
  • Private SUV Transfer from Chicago Downtown to Midway airport: $240
  • Private RoundTrip Transfer Chicago Airport (ORD)- Chicago City: $116
  • Private One-Way Airport Transfer From Chicago To O'Hare Airport: $88

Is it cheaper to fly into Amman or Chicago?

Prices for flights to both Chicago and Amman change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Amman $34
    Chicago $49
Typical Food Prices in Amman

For Amman, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Pastries
    $4.23
  • Tea
    $5.64

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amman

For Amman, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private 2 Hour Cooking Class with the Locals in Amman: $51
  • 3 course dinner with a sommelier: $56
  • Private Lunch or Dinner at a Local Traditional Restaurant in Amman: $71
  • Private Madaba Haret Jdoudna Restaurant Lunch or Dinner from Amman: $90
  • Private Panoramic Amman Tour and Local Lunch or Dinner-Wine Taste: $90
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner Experience : $109
  • Half Day Cooking Class Experience with Amman Panoramic Tour: $109
  • 3-Hours Guided Food Tour in Amman: $130
  • Private Jordan Heritage Restaurant Lunch or Dinner with Wine Experience : $173

Typical Food Prices in Chicago

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Chicago:


  • Dinner for 1
    $24
  • Dinner for 3
    $118

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chicago

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Chicago.

  • Traveling Spoon Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Private Online Cooking Class : $40
  • Bucktown Pizza Crawl in Chicago: $53
  • Chicago : Hands-on Cooking Classes With Local Chef: $55
  • Deep Dish Cooking Class at Pizzeria Uno in Chicago: $59
  • Downtown Chicago Walking Pizza Tour: $69
  • Lake Michigan Gourmet Brunch/Lunch/Dinner Cruise: $72
  • Downtown Pizza Guided Walking Tour with Tastings: $73
  • Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Self-Guided Tour: $75
  • Downtown Family Food Tour by Bike with Sightseeing: $80
  • Nitti's Supper Club Dinner and Show: $80
  • Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise: $86
  • Chicago Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $89

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Amman $32
    Chicago $47

Tours and Activities in Amman

For Amman, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Amman Shooping Tour: $35
  • Full Day Amman Private City Tour: $35
  • History & Culture Immersion, City Tour Of Amman : $43
  • Full Day Amman Private Luxury City Tour: $45
  • Private Experience of Simple Silver Ring Making in Amman: $45
  • Amman Private City Tour: $50
  • Half Day Private tour to Dead Sea From Amman. : $50
  • Jerash Half Day tour from Amman : $55
  • Half Day Amman Private City Tour : $55
  • Amazing Amman City Tour: $56
  • Half Day Private Tour to Iraq al-Amir (Qasr al-‘Abed & The Caves) : $57
  • Private Half Day Tour in Jerash From Amman: $60

Typical Entertainment Prices in Chicago

Here are a few typical costs in Chicago for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Sears Tower (family of 4)
    $102
  • Aquarium for 4
    $118
  • Water Taxi (family of 4)
    $22
  • IMAX Movie for Two
    $35
  • Shakespeare Play (2)
    $116
  • Art Institute (2)
    $36
  • U-Boat Tour (2)
    $8.00

Tours and Activities in Chicago

Here are a few actual costs in Chicago for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Field Museum of Natural History Early Access Ticket : $73
  • Windy City Ghosts: Hauntings of Chicago Walking Tour: $30
  • 2 Hour Magnificent Chicago Tour with Photos and Popcorn: $35
  • 2 Hour Private Chicago Soul House Tour: $65
  • 2-Hour Chicago Wine and Cheese Cruise : $65
  • 2-Hour Guided Segway Tour of Chicago: $65
  • 2-Hour Haunted Segway Tour of Chicago: $70
  • 3 Hours Chicago Architecture Tour - Skyscrapers and Photo Ops: $135
  • A Storied Neighborhood: A Self-Guided Audio Tour with Bill Ayers: $5.40
  • Adults Party Art Experience: $66
  • Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago: $71
  • App Chicago self-guided tours with multilingual audioguides: $9.80

For more ideas for your next trip, check out The Best Free Things to Do in Chicago, Chicago Bucket List: The Best Places to See, and The Best Museums in Chicago.


Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Amman $14
    Chicago $25

Sample the Local Flavors in Amman

Also in Amman, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Private Wine Tasting Tour in Amman: $64

Sample the Local Flavors in Chicago

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Chicago:

  • Chicago Walking Brewery Tour in Malt Row: $18
  • Malt Row Walking Brewery Tour: $30
  • Walking tour to Chicago dive bars: $41
  • Chicago Local Brewery Expedition with Homemade Guacamole: $54
  • Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour: $100
  • Craft Brewery Tour by Barrel Bus: $100
  • Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Museum & Brewery Day Tour: $113
  • Milwaukee,Miller Brewery Tour&Tasting 1-Day Tour from Chicago: $125


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Amman and Chicago, we can see that Chicago is more expensive. And not only is Amman much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Amman is in Middle East and Chicago is in North America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Amman would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Amman and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Chicago would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Chicago than you might in Amman.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Amman Expensive? and Is Chicago Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Amman or Chicago?

Chicago has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Amman. When comparing the sizes of Amman and Chicago, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Amman or Chicago?

Chicago has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Amman experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Amman or Chicago in the Summer?

Both Chicago and Amman during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Amman because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Furthermore, many visitors come to Chicago in the summer for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Amman is around the same temperature as Chicago. Typically, the summer temperatures in Amman in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Chicago averages at about 77°F (25°C).

In Chicago, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Amman. In the summer, Amman often gets more sunshine than Chicago. Amman gets 364 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Chicago receives 326 hours of full sun.

Chicago gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Amman usually gets less rain in July than Chicago. Amman gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Chicago receives 3.9 inches (100 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Amman 25°C (77°F) 
    Chicago 77°F (25°C)

Should I visit Amman or Chicago in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Amman and Chicago. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Amman year-round. Furthermore, most visitors come to Chicago for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Amman is generally a little warmer than Chicago. Daily temperatures in Amman average around 20°C (68°F), and Chicago fluctuates around 56°F (14°C).

In Amman, it's very sunny this time of the year. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Chicago during autumn. Amman gets 274 hours of sunny skies, while Chicago receives 195 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Amman usually receives less rain than Chicago. Amman gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Chicago receives 2.2 inches (56 mm) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Amman 20°C (68°F) 
    Chicago 56°F (14°C)

Should I visit Amman or Chicago in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Amman as well as Chicago. Amman attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, the winter months attract visitors to Chicago because of the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

The weather in Chicago can be very cold. Amman is much warmer than Chicago in the winter. The daily temperature in Amman averages around 8°C (46°F) in January, and Chicago fluctuates around 25°F (-4°C).

In the winter, Amman often gets more sunshine than Chicago. Amman gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Chicago receives 134 hours of full sun.

Amman receives a lot of rain in the winter. Amman usually gets more rain in January than Chicago. Amman gets 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Chicago receives 1.9 inches (47 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Amman 8°C (46°F) 
    Chicago 25°F (-4°C)

Should I visit Amman or Chicago in the Spring?

Both Chicago and Amman are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Amman throughout the year. Also, the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Chicago this time of year.

In the spring, Amman is a little warmer than Chicago. Typically, the spring temperatures in Amman in April average around 16°C (61°F), and Chicago averages at about 52°F (11°C).

It's quite sunny in Chicago. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Amman. Amman usually receives more sunshine than Chicago during spring. Amman gets 269 hours of sunny skies, while Chicago receives 218 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Chicago. In April, Amman usually receives less rain than Chicago. Amman gets 23 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Chicago receives 4.3 inches (108 mm) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Amman 16°C (61°F) 
    Chicago 52°F (11°C)

Typical Weather for Chicago and Amman

Amman Chicago
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 8°C (46°F) 149 mm (5.9 in) 25°F (-4°C) 1.9 inches (47 mm)
Feb 9°C (48°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 29°F (-2°C) 1.4 inches (35 mm)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 41°F (5°C) 3.7 inches (93 mm)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 52°F (11°C) 4.3 inches (108 mm)
May 21°C (70°F) 3 mm (0.1 in) 63°F (17°C) 3 inches (75 mm)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 73°F (23°C) 3.9 inches (100 mm)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 77°F (25°C) 3.9 inches (100 mm)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 76°F (24°C) 3.5 inches (90 mm)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 68°F (20°C) 3.8 inches (96 mm)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 26 mm (1 in) 56°F (14°C) 2.2 inches (56 mm)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 44°F (7°C) 2.2 inches (56 mm)
Dec 10°C (50°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 31°F (-1°C) 2.8 inches (71 mm)