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2012-afc-chicagoPhoto credit: Courtesy of Chicago Tourism

THE WORST...

Winter (#35)
Weather (#34)
Base for day trips (#29)
  • denotes a Top 10 ranking
  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
People
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
18 Athletic/active
16 Attractive
6 Diverse
12 Driving ability/Good drivers
16 Friendly
13 Intelligent
18 Charming local accent
24 Offbeat
6 Proud of their city
3 Passionate sports fan
9 Stylish
9 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
29 Base for day trips
11 Cultural getaway
12 Family vacation
12 Gay-friendly
6 Girlfriend getaways
19 Pet-friendly vacation
12 Romantic escape
7 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
5 Cocktail lounges
11 Happy hour
6 Music scene
7 Singles scene
1 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
3 Classical music
15 Free attractions
17 Historical sites/monuments
3 Museums/galleries
12 Street performers
3 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
20 Antique stores
20 Flea markets
2 Home decor and design stores
8 Independent boutiques
3 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
12 Barbecue
15 Cafes
18 Coffee
6 Ethnic food
4 Fine-dining restaurants
2 Hamburgers
20 Ice cream
15 Microbrew beer
1 Pizza
16 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
25 Affordability
2 Architecture/Cool buildings
17 Cleanliness
18 Environmental friendliness
2 Range of hotel options
25 Peace and quiet
13 People-watching
6 Public parks and outdoor access
2 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
22 Safety
34 Weather
15 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
8 4th of July
23 Christmas
24 Fall
26 New Year's Eve
23 Spring Break
7 Summer
27 Valentine's Day
35 Winter
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
23 Athletic/active
20 Attractive
9 Diverse
6 Driving ability/Good drivers
20 Friendly
17 Intelligent
18 Charming local accent
23 Offbeat
5 Proud of their city
5 Passionate sports fan
14 Stylish
11 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
31 Base for day trips
9 Cultural getaway
15 Family vacation
11 Gay-friendly
11 Girlfriend getaways
23 Pet-friendly vacation
14 Romantic escape
12 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
6 Cocktail lounges
20 Happy hour
8 Music scene
9 Singles scene
2 Sports bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
3 Classical music
19 Free attractions
19 Historical sites/monuments
2 Museums/galleries
11 Street performers
3 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
21 Antique stores
28 Flea markets
4 Home decor and design stores
11 Independent boutiques
4 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
12 Barbecue
15 Cafes
18 Coffee
7 Ethnic food
8 Fine-dining restaurants
6 Hamburgers
20 Ice cream
14 Microbrew beer
2 Pizza
27 Street food/Food trucks
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
25 Affordability
3 Architecture/Cool buildings
13 Cleanliness
20 Environmental friendliness
3 Range of hotel options
27 Peace and quiet
14 People-watching
8 Public parks and outdoor access
3 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
27 Safety
34 Weather
24 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
7 4th of July
24 Christmas
27 Fall
28 New Year's Eve
23 Spring Break
7 Summer
28 Valentine's Day
34 Winter
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