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201311-hd-afc-chicagoPhoto credit: Jason Lindsey / Alamy

THE WORST...

Winter (#35)
Weather (#32)
Valentine's Day (#31)
  • denotes a Top 10 ranking
  • denotes a Bottom 10 ranking
People
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
23 Athletic/active
20 Attractive
17 Driving ability/Good drivers
24 Easy-going
24 Friendly
16 Intelligent
21 Charming local accent
26 Offbeat
12 Proud of their city
9 Sophisicated
3 Passionate sports fan
10 Stylish
14 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
10 Cultural getaway
19 Family vacation
11 Gay-friendly
12 Girlfriend getaways
27 Pet-friendly vacation
12 Romantic escape
8 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
6 Cocktail lounges
10 Happy hour
11 Live music scene
7 Nightclubs
5 Singles scene
1 Sports bars
6 Wine bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
8 Classical music
21 Free attractions
5 Historical sites/monuments
6 Museums/galleries
17 Street performers
7 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
21 Antique stores
23 Cool souvenirs
27 Flea markets
4 Home decor and design stores
11 Independent boutiques
2 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
13 Barbecue
20 Cafes
22 Coffee
8 Ethnic food
22 Farmers' markets
7 Fine-dining restaurants
3 Hamburgers
23 Ice cream
14 Microbrew beer
2 Pizza
8 Sandwiches/delis
20 Street food/Food trucks
11 Sweets/desserts
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
26 Affordability
3 Architecture/Cool buildings
20 Cleanliness
19 Environmental friendliness
4 Range of hotel options
30 Peace and quiet
9 People-watching
1 Professional sports
10 Public parks and outdoor access
4 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
28 Safety
32 Weather
21 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO VISITORS
8 4th of July
23 Christmas
21 Fall
30 New Year's Eve
28 Spring Break
8 Summer
31 Valentine's Day
35 Winter
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
24 Athletic/active
20 Attractive
11 Driving ability/Good drivers
20 Easy-going
20 Friendly
19 Intelligent
18 Charming local accent
27 Offbeat
3 Proud of their city
12 Sophisicated
2 Passionate sports fan
16 Stylish
15 Tech-savvy
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
9 Cultural getaway
17 Family vacation
13 Gay-friendly
14 Girlfriend getaways
26 Pet-friendly vacation
15 Romantic escape
10 Wild weekend
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
8 Cocktail lounges
24 Happy hour
8 Live music scene
8 Nightclubs
9 Singles scene
1 Sports bars
8 Wine bars
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
5 Classical music
27 Free attractions
21 Historical sites/monuments
2 Museums/galleries
13 Street performers
2 Theater/performance art
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
23 Antique stores
19 Cool souvenirs
24 Flea markets
6 Home decor and design stores
13 Independent boutiques
5 Luxury stores
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
12 Barbecue
21 Cafes
25 Coffee
7 Ethnic food
23 Farmers' markets
6 Fine-dining restaurants
8 Hamburgers
20 Ice cream
17 Microbrew beer
1 Pizza
10 Sandwiches/delis
32 Street food/Food trucks
16 Sweets/desserts
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
25 Affordability
1 Architecture/Cool buildings
12 Cleanliness
20 Environmental friendliness
6 Range of hotel options
30 Peace and quiet
15 People-watching
3 Professional sports
7 Public parks and outdoor access
2 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
29 Safety
35 Weather
26 Wireless coverage
Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
9 4th of July
21 Christmas
25 Fall
29 New Year's Eve
30 Spring Break
7 Summer
32 Valentine's Day
35 Winter
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