We hope your stay in Chicago is a successful and pleasant one. To help you get familiar with the city and the U.S. in general, here are some quick facts and handy resources.
- Time zone: Chicago is on Central Standard Time. That's 6 hours behind GMT; 1 hour behind New York City (East Coast); and 2 hours ahead of Los Angeles (West Coast).
- Tipping: Taxicab drivers, bartenders and waiters generally receive a 15% gratuity for standard service, though it is appropriate to leave a 20% gratuity to restaurant waitstaff for exceptional service, particularly in fine dining establishments. Hotel doormen and valet park attendants should be tipped about $2, and bellhops should be given $2 per bag. Chambermaids usually are given $2 per day, which can be left on the pillow.
- Legal car rental age: 25
- Legal driving age: 16
- Legal drinking and gambling age: 21 (photo ID or passport required)