Chicago voted best city to visit in the US… Why am I surprised?

Written by on October 6, 2020

After over 700,000 votes, a prominent magazine recently crowned Chicago as the #1 best big city to visit in the US…  its fourth time IN A ROW doing so.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely proud that the city I live in took the top spot, but I couldn’t help but be surprised by the news. The high cost of living and violence, among other things, has given Chicago a bad reputation over the last several years, a reputation that I thought caused people outside the city to look down on it.

But clearly that’s not the case, and it got me thinking: Yes, living in Chicago has major downsides, but it retains many elements that are very attractive to visitors.

Incredible architecture, cuisine from every part of the world, and perhaps its best feature, people that are actually nice (take that New York) probably make some convincing reasons to visit the Windy City.

People outside of Illinois, inducing those in other countries, always tell me that I’m lucky to be living in Chicago, and that they dream to visit here one day. I wonder if I’m taking this city for granted!

Here’s hoping that the new decade brings good things to the place many of us call home.




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