The 15 Unfriendliest Cities in America
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The 15 Unfriendliest Cities in America

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Are they rude, stressed, or just oblivious? Travel + Leisure readers rank U.S. cities by their collective scowls in our annual America's Favorite Places survey.

No. 15 Chicago

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Whether you think it’s the City of Big Shoulders or cold shoulders, Chicagoans made the top 20 in T+L's annual reader's survey for being both smart and cool. One of the best ways to break the ice with locals is at one of their neighborhood bars, which ranked in the top 10. As friendly neighborhoods go, try Old Town: you can get a root beer float spiked with Stoli at Marge’s Still, the oldest tavern in the city, or check out the conversation-starting wall art at Old Town Ale House. Nearby, you can confirm the locals’ good senses of humor, and the city’s No. 6 ranking for theater, at Second City or stand-up haven Zanies Comedy Night Club.

The 15 Unfriendliest Cities in America

No. 15 Chicago

Whether you think it’s the City of Big Shoulders or cold shoulders, Chicagoans made the top 20 in T+L's annual reader's survey for being both smart and cool. One of the best ways to break the ice with locals is at one of their neighborhood bars, which ranked in the top 10. As friendly neighborhoods go, try Old Town: you can get a root beer float spiked with Stoli at Marge’s Still, the oldest tavern in the city, or check out the conversation-starting wall art at Old Town Ale House. Nearby, you can confirm the locals’ good senses of humor, and the city’s No. 6 ranking for theater, at Second City or stand-up haven Zanies Comedy Night Club.

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