DESTINATION AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

2015


EAT & DRINK

Chicago named No. 1 Pizza City in the U.S. by TripAdvisor

The Food Network named Au Cheval's Double Cheese Burger the Best Burger in America

Condé Nast Traveler includes Soho House Chicago in the Best Food Category of its 2015 Hot List mentioning not only its restaurants Chicken Shop and Pizza East, but its hip West Loop neighborhood.

 

STAY

The Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago (88) and The Langham, Chicago (90) are ranked on Travel + Leisure's World's Top Hotels 2015 overall list.

Four hotels in Chicago are ranked among Travel + Leisure's Top 50 Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S.: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (6), The Langham Chicago (7), Waldorf Astoria Chicago (11) and The Peninsula Chicago (13).

The 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler's ChoiceTM Awards named The Langham Chicago the No. 1 Top Hotel in the U.S., applauded by reviewers for its prime location, incredible hospitality, beautiful design and luxury experiences.

 

VISIT

Greatest.com named Chicago one of the Top 20 Best Cities for 20-Somethings

Millennium Park named one of the Greatest Public Places in the U.S. by the American Planning Association.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago the No. 2 Fall Getaway in the World.

Chicago ranked No. 7 Top City in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2015 readers' survey.

Chicago named No. 6 most walkable city in the U.S. by WalkScore.com.

Chicago named one of the Top 13 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in the World by U.S. News & World Report.

Chicago named No. 2 Destination in the U.S. in TripAdvisor's 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards.

Chuan Spa & Health Club, located in The Langham, Chicago, received a Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. This was the only spa in Chicago to receive this prestigious status, as showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

Americans named Chicago one of the most beloved U.S. destinations in the Hotels.com's 2nd annual survey.

The Frederick C. Robie House becomes the city's first World Heritage nomination. World Heritage designation is an honorary distintion that identifies sites of "outstanding universal value" around the world.

 

2014


EAT & DRINK

24 restaurants earned stars in Michelin Guide Chicago 2015, in addition to 59 Bib Gourmand selections.

Chicago was named the Top Drinking City in America by GQ Magazine.

Alinea was ranked No. 9 on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list.

Four Chicago restaurants earned Five-Star ratings from the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide:

In addition, four restaurants earned the travel guide's Four-Star ratings. See the full list here.

Seven Chicago restaurants earned AAA Five-Diamond ratings from the travel industry organization. Fifteen restaurants earned Four-Diamond ratings. The list of the top-ranked restaurants:

Twenty-five restaurants earned a Michelin star in the 2014 Chicago Michelin guide, Alinea the only restaurant to garner three. Click here for a comprehensive look at Chicago's 2014 Michelin Guide.

 

STAY

Three hotels - Thompson Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Chicago and The Langham Chicago - were named to Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: Readers' Choice Awards.

The Langham Chicago was recognized as a 2014 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award winner.

Two Chicago hostels were awarded best "extra-large" hostel worldwide by Hostelworld.com:

Two hotels were named to Travel + Leisure's It List: The Best New Hotels of 2014

Three hotels earned Five-Star ratings from the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide:

Four hotels earned Four-Star ratings. See the full list here.

Seven Chicago hotels appear on Travel + Lesiure's 500 World's Best Hotels 2014 list, with Waldorf Astoria Chicago ranked No. 44 overall.

 

VISIT

Condé Nast Traveler named Chicago one of the Best Shopping Cities in the World.

Chicago was nominated in the following categories of "Best of GayCities 2014": Foodie Paradise, Culture Experience, Layover City, Best Shopping, and Best Gayborhood.

Chicago named Second Best City in America for Cycling by Bicycling Magazine

Chicago was voted as the best "Midwestern Destination" in Groups Today's Reader' Choice Awards 2014.

Condé Nast Traveler names Chicago one of the Top 25 Cities in the World in its Readers' Choice Awards 2014.

Chicago tops the 2014 Cvent list of Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States. Chicago claimed first place, climbing from second place last year and fifth place two years ago.

Chicago named the fifth best city in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards readers' poll. Readers rated cities on six characteristics: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value.

UK blog American Sky named Chicago one of its Top 10 city breaks in America.

The Chicago Department of Aviation announced that O'Hare International Airport won the Global Traveler GT Tested Reader Survey Award for Best Airport in North America for the 10th straight year.

GayCities named Chicago City of the Year in its Best of GayCities 2013 rankings.

Chicago's Boystown earned Out Traveler's Incomparable Gay Neighborhood.

MovieMaker listed Chicago as the country's No. 1 Big City in which to live and work as a filmmaker.

Lonely Planet named Chicago as #8 on the list of Top 10 Cities To Visit in 2014.

Fodor's Travel includes Chicago on its Go List 2014, calling it "an All-American city for baseball fans, outdoor enthusiasts and dedicated foodies."

 

ATTRACTIONS

The Art Institute of Chicago was named the No. 1 Museum in the World in TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards.

360 Chicago was voted among the Best Views in America by Travel + Leisure.

 

2013


EAT & DRINK

AAA Five Diamond Rating: Sixteen, located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, and Grace, Chef Curtis Duffy's exceptionally elegant venue with unique, creatively conceptualized dishes located in the food haven of the West Loop, receive coveted Five Diamond Rating From AAA. 

Four Chicago restaurants made Open Table's 2013 list of "Top Restaurants for Service in the U.S." including:

Chicago's Lao Sze Chuan makes Travel + Leisure's list of the "Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S."

Forbes Travel Guide 2013 announces their list of "Five Star Award Winners," including three Chicago restaurants:

AAA announces its "Five Diamond" restaurants and hotels, recognizing eight Chicago institutions. Chicago restaurants include:

Additionally, 59 restaurants and hotels were honored with the AAA Four Diamond rating.
 
Seven Chicago bars are included in Draft Magazine's "America's 100 Best Beer Bars" including:

There are 64 Chicago restaurants listed as "Bib Gourmands" in the 2013 Michelin Guide, up from 56 last year. This prestigious mark is given to restaurants of outstanding quality and a reasonable price point. 
 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Chicago ranks No. 3 on 10 Best's list of the top destinations for teens.

Chicago ranks No. 5 on Parents Magazine's list of the 10 best cities for family vacations.

 

STAY

Travel + Leisure names six Chicago hotels on its list of the "Top Large City Hotels in the U.S."

The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza receives a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence is giving to the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor.

Forbes Travel Guide 2013 announces their list of "Five Star Award Winners," including three Chicago hotels:

AAA announces its "Five Diamond" restaurants and hotels, recognizing eight Chicago institutions. AAA Five Diamond hotels include:

Additionally, 59 restaurants and hotels were honored with the AAA Four Diamond rating.
 
Travel + Leisure readers select seven Chicago properties to its list of "500 Best Hotels in the World" including:

VISIT

Chicago ranks  No. 5 on CNN Travel's Readers' Choice Awards of The Top 10 Cities in The United States

London-based journalist Will Hide's Chicago cover story for British Airways' Highlife Magazine--"Think this is Manhattan? Think again. Watch out NYC--Chicago is reaching for the sky" takes Best Consumer Travel Feature at the Visit USA (VUSA) media marketplace and media awards in London. 

Chicago named the fourth best city in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards readers' poll. Readers rated cities on six characteristics: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value.  

American Style Magazine ranks Chicago No. 3 on its list of the "Top 25 Big Cities for Art."

WalkScore.com names Chicago as one of their "Top 10 U.S. Cities to Travel Car-Free." Using concrete measureables, including access to public transportation and walkability of hotels and attractions, were used in determining that Chicago is the fourth most walkable major city in the United States.

Cheapflights.com names Chicago as one of their "Top 10 Most Stunning Skylines in the World."  

According to Yahoo!, Chicago is the world's second most searched for city online.

Business Traveler names Chicago the "Best North American Business Meetings Destination."


2012


EAT & DRINK

Sheffield's Chicago is named as one of "America's Best Beer Gardens" by Food & Wine. With its "strong selection of American craft brews" and "comfy patio" this bar has been a Lakeview staple since it opened more than a quarter century ago.

Celebrated Chicago staple Spiaggia makes Travel and Leisure'slist of the "20 Best Italian Restaurants in the Country."

The world-renowned Lincoln Park restaurant Alinea topped Zagat's 2012-2013 best restaurant list. The guide reviewed over 1,300 establishments in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. Alinea, the only three-star Michelin rated restaurant in Chicago, came out on top as the "best restaurant" and "most popular" in the area with a near-perfect score from Zagat - 29 points out of 30. The "Top 10" list is as follows: 

  1. Alinea
  2. Katsu
  3. Next
  4. Riccardo Trattoria
  5. Les Nomades
  6. Takashi
  7. Avec
  8. Green Zebra
  9. MK
  10. Schwa
The family-owned, Chicago-based Hoosier Mama Pie Company makes Food and Wine's list of the "Best Pie Shops in America."
 
Travel + Leisure ranks Chicago third on its "Best Burger Cities" list. 
GQ lists a pair of Chicago restaurants on its "Ten Best New Restaurants in America." Next and Ruxbin ranked third and ninth respectively.
 
The Violet Hour in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood is named the seventh "Best Bar in America" by Esquire. 
 
Chicago's Girl and the Goat wins a Travelers' Choice Award as one of Trip Advisor's "Favorite Restaurants 2012." Two words: ham fries.
 
Chicago's Alinea ranks sixth at 2012's "50 Best Restaurants" Awards."
 
Zagat names three Chicago restaurants (Alinea, Les Nomades and Schwa) to its 2012 list of America's Top Restaurants. 

Chicago earns one three-star (Alinea), two two-star (Charlie Trotter's and Ria) and eighteen one-star restaurants in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2012.

56 Chicago restaurants receive recognition as Bib Gourmand restaurants in the Michelin Guide. Bib Gourmands are defined as "Inspector's Favorites for Good Value," and denote high-quality restaurants that serve two courses and either dessert or wine (minus tax and gratuity) for less than $40. Eighteen restaurants are new to this year's list, including Avec, Perennial Virant and GT Fish & Oyster.

 

STAY

Six Chicago hotels are named on US News and World Report's list of the "Best Hotels in the USA" including:

Trump International Hotel & Tower was recognized on Travel + Leisure's list of hotels with the "World's Best Service," ranking No. 9 on the planet.

Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has been awarded with a prestigious "Four Diamond" rating from AAA. The rating is a reflection of the hotel's design, far-reaching amenities and distinguished style. AAA inspectors thoroughly evaluated the hotel, graded the establishment's hospitality and used feedback from members as a criteria for recognizing the InterContinental's notable accomplishments.

Six Chicago hotels are ranked in Travel + Lesiure's 2012 list of the "Top 50 Large City Hotels in the U.S."

  • Waldorf Astoria Chicago (#1)
  • The Peninsula Chicago (#3)
  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (#22)
  • Park Hyatt Chicago (#27)
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower (#29)
  • Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Season Hotel (#37)
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago ranks #1 on Trip Advisor's "Top 25 Hotels in the United States."
 

VISIT 

Conde Nast ranks Chicago #3 on its Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards for the "Top 10 Cities in the U.S." The publication relied on the input of a record 46,746 readers for the 25th iteration of the awards. The publication cited "terrific architecture" and "great ethnic food" for what make Chicago a "perfect city for solo, friend, family, or romantic getaways." 

ABC City Guide for Kids named Chicago's Art Institute of Chicago as one of its "Top Five Art Museums" and the Eli's Cheesecake Tour as one of its "Top Five Factory Tours." 

Chicago is ranked as "the second best city in the U.S. and Canada," according to the Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards readers' poll. Readers rated cities on six characteristics: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value. This is Chicago's highest-ranking ever in the 17 years of the survey.

Soldier Field was recently named the first certified green stadium in the NFL.

Chicago is called one of the "Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2012" by Lonely Planet. Those guys do a lot of traveling, so they would know.

Chicago's Millennium Park ranks #7 on the "World's Most Popular Landmarks" by Travel + Leisure.

The Chicago Sinfonietta wins two national awards for excellence from the League of American Orchestras. Music to our ears.

Chicago is named one of the "World's Top Destinations for 2012" by CNN.

 

2011

 


Chicago tops Forbes List of "America's Best Downtowns." When it comes to beauty, our skyline is all business.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards names the Elysian Hotel #1 and The Peninsula #3 in the United States.

Travel + Leisure magazine names three Chicago hotels in its World's Best Hotels awards: The Peninsula, The Elysian and Trump International Hotel & Tower.

Travel + Leisure magazine names five Chicago hotels in its Top 50 Large City Hotels in the U.S. Awards: The Peninsula, Elysian Hotel, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Ritz-Carlton a Four Seasons Hotel and Park Hyatt.

The TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice names Chicago's The Wit, a Doubletree Hotel, a winner of the "Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in the U.S."

The S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants names Alinea the #6 restaurant in the world and the #1 restaurant in North America.

Seven Chicago restaurants earn the prestigious Five Diamond Award from the AAA, more than any other North American city and the fifth year in a row Chicago has led the nation. Restaurants awarded include Tru, Alinea, Arun's, Avenues, Charlie Trotter's, Everest and Seasons.

Chicago earns two three-star (Alinea and L20), three two-star (Avenues, Charlie Trotter's and Ria) and eighteen one-star restaurants in the first-ever MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011.

Forty-six Chicago restaurants receive recognition as Bib Gourmand restaurants in the Michelin Guide. Bib Gourmands are defined as "Inspector's Favorites for Good Value," and denote high-quality restaurants that serve two courses and either dessert or wine (minus tax and gratuity) for less than $40.

Chicago is the only city where Michelin inspectors considered breakfast as a meal type. And, they were so impressed by the offerings that "Breakfast Specialists" was included in the MICHELIN Guide highlighting Chicago restaurants with standout breakfast preparations.

 

2010

 


Chicago wins #1 city for pizza, skyline views and business hotels in Travel + Leisure's "American's Favorite Cities" survey. So, if you love deep dish, postcards, and closing the deal, then what are you waiting for?

Chicago ranks #3 on list of cities with the most Twitter users by twitter.grader.com. Wow @Chicago! Is there an emoticon for #awesome?

Travel + Leisure magazine names Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago the #1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S. and Canada.

Forbes magazine ranks Chicago the "4th Coolest City in the U.S." How many street festivals, Top Chef finalists, and Kanye West bangers do we need to be #1, Forbes!?

Alinea awarded #7 on the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list by Restaurant Magazine.

Chicago's Montrose Avenue Dog Beach voted one of the nation's best by Fido-Friendly Magazine.

AmericanStyle magazine readers name Chicago the #2 Top Arts Destination in the U.S.

TripAdvisor.com awards Chicago #5 on the Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the World.

Chicago Voted #10 on the "America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities" in Bicyclists Magazine.


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