Publisher's Opinion-

December 2017 Edition
Chicago Warms Up To Travelers

According to research provided by Resonance Consultancy, a global strategy and tourism company, Chicago ranks as the tenth best city in the world for travel and investment. Resonance identified the top 100 cities in the world based on metropolitan populations of one million or greater.
The ranking was based on surveys of over 1,500 Millennials who traveled throughout the world recently. The analysis identified 23 different factors in six key categories. The important categories included attractions, restaurants, housing affordability, environment, economy, and infrastructure.
Chicago ranked high based on its prestigious universities, historical architecture, cultural diversity, and of course our wide variety of food choices from all over the world.
Two other U. S. cities joined us in the top ten spot–New York City, ranked second, and San Francisco, ranked ninth. Other U. S. cities on the list were Minneapolis at 49th, Nashville at 82nd, Columbus 95th, and St. Louis, 96th.
So the obvious benefactor of this report is the hospitality industry. Restaurants, hotels, museums, Navy Pier, and the tallest building in the country, make Chicago an awesome place to visit. In addition, we are certainly looking for skilled labor, so housing affordability and job opportunities make the city attractive. Plus, you never know–perhaps the next tech guru may fall in love with the city and call it home.
Another strong point of the report includes the many healthy options such as amazing walking trails throughout the city where you can enjoy the city view or the beach. Biking trails snake everywhere making Chicago one of the top bike-friendly cities in the world. Bikes offer great exercise and let’s not forget the cheap transportation to jobs option.
Chicago is also one of the greenest cities in the world. With rooftop gardens, new public facilities required to be LEED certified, and oh, did I mention the bikes?
As we close out our final issue of 2017, on behalf of myself and our staff, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year.
We are now working on our January Issue. We will see you then.

by Roger Krieg
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