Magazine Names Chicago ‘Best Big City’ in U.S. for 3rd Straight Year

The polling was conducted with the help of 600,000 readers of Condé Nast publications

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David Kahn

For the third year in a row, the city of Chicago has been voted the “Best Big City” in the United States by a prestigious national publication.

According to a press release from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago was voted as the best big city in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the third consecutive year. The awards are designed to recognize “excellent in the travel industry,” and Lightfoot’s administration says it is a reflection of the city’s dedicated efforts to bring in more tourists.

“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 across the globe,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

The voting was conducted by more than 600,000 Condé Nast readers. New York had won the “Big City” prize in the first two years of voting in 2015 and 2016, but Chicago is now the reigning three-time champion.

“This recognition validates the momentum that we have been able to build upon these last few years but further underscores the city’s impact on the nation and world as a destination everyone should experience,” Choose Chicago Board of Directors Chair Glenn Eden said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the city of Chicago announced that it had set a new tourism record in 2018, attracting nearly 58 million visitors to the city.

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