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Chicago wins Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award 2021 as “Best Big City in the USA” for the fifth time in a row!

CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Choose Chicago, and World Business Chicago announced today that Condé Nast Traveler has named Chicago the best metropolis in the US for the fifth consecutive year in its annual event results Readers’ Choice Awards. Chicago has been number one in this category since 2017 for its incredible restaurants, interesting and diverse attractions, and hospitable people.

“Last year I said that Condé Nast’s four consecutive elections are truly a testament to the diversity of our city and an achievement like no other. Now we’ve outdone ourselves, ”said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “As of 2017, Chicago has rightly claimed its spot as the number one top city in the United States, and I would like to thank each of our residents, our world-class restaurants, and incredible companies that continue to represent our city so well. I would also like to thank the Condé Nast Traveler team and readers for honoring Chicago with this award five years in a row, as well as the countless visitors who come to our city year after year to enjoy the endless attractions that we have to offer. “

“Not only is Chicago the best big city in the United States, it also reflects what makes Illinois great – with world-class restaurants, art and theaters, museums and convention centers celebrated here and around the world,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “The city’s winning streak is no coincidence – Chicago was and will remain a global gateway for Illinois tourism. As we rebuild and recover from the pandemic, my administration is committed to providing tourism workers and businesses with the resources needed to keep visitors coming back year after year. ”

Over 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers have rated their travel experiences around the globe to provide a complete picture of the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.

“Before, during, and shortly after the pandemic, Chicago was nicknamed” Best Big City in the US “for five years in a row,” said Glenn Eden, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Choose Chicago. “The momentum and tourism growth that built before COVID-19 are rushing back, thanks largely to the resilience of the Big Shoulders City and its residents, who continue to look out for and support one another in challenging times. This success is a testament to all of the companies that contribute to Chicago’s world-class tourism and hospitality offerings and to the individuals who work quietly to provide entertainment and attractions that will delight seasoned travelers and residents. Five years in a row is an honor and a high bar, and I couldn’t be more impressed with what our city has achieved. ”

It is true testimony to the determination and enthusiasm of Chicago’s tourism and hospitality industries in the face of unprecedented challenges over the past year and a half, making Condé Nast Traveler readers Chicago the best big city in the United States for a fifth year in a row Businesses, organizations, and residents from across the city gathered to ensure that the city was ready and able to safely welcome visitors to Chicago, whether it be updating infrastructure, processes, or innovating creative offerings. Chicago’s entire tourism and hospitality industries got involved, even the Shedd Aquarium penguins took part in excursions to various aquarium galleries and museums across the city. Based on feedback from Condé Nast Traveler readers, these exceptional efforts were not only well received but also greatly appreciated by visitors.

“Today the Chicagoans are recognizing this achievement and the reopening of theaters and live performances with a celebration at Broadway At Chicago’s CIBC Theater,” said James Meyer, Interim CEO of Choose Chicago. “We’re excited to have civil society, community, and hospitality leaders, as well as the many Choose Chicago partners who contributed to this success, come together for an exciting program with special guests like the RENT cast. This honor is shared by all of Chicago, every neighborhood, every attraction and even our penguin friends at Shedd Aquarium take part in the celebration. ”

“This award is a historic distinction for Chicago, and the Shedd Aquarium prides itself on playing a central role in what makes this city so unique,” said Dr. Bridget Coughlin, President and CEO of Shedd Aquarium Cultural Organization, which welcomes nearly 2 million guests annually, we know tourism is an important avenue to recovery for Chicago and its communities. We are humble that the videos of the Shedd penguin enrichment excursions at the height of the pandemic spread more than joy around the world – they put Chicago at the center of a critical time and unleashed an ongoing cure for all. ”

“May today’s announcement remind us that we live and work in one of the best cities in the world,” said Michael Fassnacht, President & CEO, World Business Chicago, chief marketing officer, City of Chicago. “Although the last 18 months have been very challenging, we must not forget that in the history of our city we have repeatedly overcome crises and built them up better and stronger each time. Thank you to Condé Nast Traveler readers for validating that Chicago is an incredible city to live, work and visit; Our economic recovery is strong and getting stronger, we are returning to personal events, live theater, conventions and galas; and the best days in our city lie ahead of us. ”

The pandemic also provided Chicago with an opportunity to evaluate opportunities to further improve the visitor experience for tourists and businesses. In September, Choose Chicago announced the launch of a new AI-powered chatbot, The Bean, designed to answer visitor questions, including restaurants, upcoming events, and generally act as an online ambassador for the city of Chicago. With the help of this new tool, all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods can be easily explored by first-time and repeat visitors to the city. Healthy Meetings Chicago was also launched earlier this year, offering business travelers the chance to see how Chicago’s hospitality and tourism communities are protecting their health by working together to create a safe environment for them to reconnect and reconnect .

As Chicago advances into fall and winter, Choose Chicago’s latest campaign, Capture the Excitement, has started. The multi-faceted, integrated campaign highlights the city’s cultural offerings as well as the holiday experience.

The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards will be posted on the Condé Nast Traveler website at cntraveler.com/rca and will be celebrated in the November issue.

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Choose Chicago

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About World Business Chicago (WBC)

World Business Chicago is a public-private, not-for-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports businesses, and promotes Chicago as the world’s leading city. WBC’s Innovation & Venture portfolio is supported by a council of more than 250 local executives and promotes inclusive growth and opportunities for the technology economy and the city’s innovation ecosystem. Flagship programs include the Chicago Venture Engine, Startup Chicago, the Venture Engine, and ThinkChicago.

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