CHICAGO — Chicago has been voted the best city in the United States for the fourth year in a row, according to a survey from a prominent magazine.
Condé Nast Traveler revealed Tuesday that Chicago has been voted the best big city in the country yet again, according to a Choose Chicago news release. The award-winning magazine covers luxury travel and has been in print since 1987.
More than 715,000 readers of Traveler magazine voted in this year’s survey for the awards, according to the news release. Voting ran April through June.
The honor comes even as Chicago is struggling with a mixture of issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, surging gun violence and a massive budget shortfall.
“This never-before-seen, four-time accomplishment is truly a testament to the resilience and rich diversity of our city,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in the news release. “Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, our communities and businesses found innovative ways to strengthen our recovery efforts while still giving residents and visitors access to all our great city has to offer.”
Traveler first started surveying readers on what was the best big city in 2015, giving the top honor to New York City in 2015 and 2016. Chicago has claimed the spot every year since then.