Like many Chicagoans, I live in one county and work in the next one. So, sometimes I do my shopping near home, and sometimes I do my shopping at lunchtime, near wo
I'd rather not do it at lunch, frankly, because I don't have time for long lunches. The modern economy requires people to stay at their desks and work full days, sometimes very long hours, so people are now much more likely to pack a lunch than in the past, or to just duck out for fast food and head back to the office.
The new Cook County beverage tax has kicked in, though, so some of us don't have a choice anymore. Instead of shopping at home in the evening, I shopped in DuPage county at lunch yesterday. This means that the sales tax on my purchase was just 7.5% instead of Cook County's 10%, and there was no penny-per-ounce beverage tax at all.
(In theory, the La Croix should be exempt from the new Cook County Beverage tax, but many places are charging it anyway because they can't figure out how to program their systems to assess this convoluted tax on the right products. This, by the way, is one of the most challenging aspects of the tax; it isn't set up to work rationally with any automated cash registers. You have to understand exactly how this tax works; good luck with that.)