Chicago Wins Best Big City To Visit For Third Year In A Row By Conde Nast Traveler

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
October 07, 2019 - 9:14 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We know Chicago is a top-notch city, and travelers keep agreeing.

Chicago has been named the top U.S. big city to visit for the third year in a row by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The 32nd annual Readers Choice Awards had a record 600,000 readers vote who made it known that Chicago is the best big city to visit for its architecture, musuems, brewery scene and all of is diverse neighborhood draws. 

Millennium Park is a top Chicago destination for tourists and locals alike. (File photo)

“This wonderful recognition not only reflects the beauty and excitement of our great city but also our tourism industry’s dedicated efforts to attract people from across the country and around the globe,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Chicago will always roll out the welcome mat for visitors and continue showcasing the sights and sounds of our world-class institutions and cultural life throughout our dynamic neighborhoods and communities, as well as in our magnificent downtown.”

The “Best Big City” category was first added in 2015 with New York nabbing the top spot in 2015 and 2016. Chicago first was voted Best Big City in 2017, repeating the selection in 2018 and has now won for the third year in a row, the mayor's office said.

The recognition highlights the city's strong tourism efforts and adds to the list of other awards Chicago is known for, such as the Michelin-starred and James Beard award-winning restaurants, top rankings of local museums and world-famous attractions such as the Art Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, Millennium Park, Wrigely Field and more. 

Museum Of Science And Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry, which recently changed its name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry, is a world-class attraction. (Dreamstime)

“It’s always significant when a leading travel publication and its savvy and knowledgeable readers vote you the number one big city destination in the nation,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, the city's official tourism site.

Whitaker said the top spot speaks volumes about the kind of city and destination that Chicago is, and that its kept the spot for three years now exemplifies that. It also speaks to the potential and reputation the city has to grow its tourism industry in up-and-coming parts of the city, he added.

"It’s also a tribute to the overall effort and investments of so many in our community who are working hard every day to invite, serve, and welcome the world to our home," he said.