The American Phoenix. A magnificent metropolis. More manageable than The Big Apple. The Genesis of the American Dream! We know how wonderfully unique, dynamically vibrant, and fantastically friendly Chicago is, but don't just take our word for it - see what cities around the world have to say about Chicago and its world-class charm.
New York: "Chicago; a city of distinctive and intriguing neighborhoods"
The New York Times: The new record for the tallest building in the country may belong to New York, but even the Times will be the first to admit Chicago is a city worthy of praise, especially when it comes to family trips. In her November 14 piece "Travel Guide: Chicago for Kids," Monica Davey delves into the "wide array of kid-friendly museums, shops, shows, trolleys and tours" in Chicago that often get the widespread recognition they deserve. Davey goes on, however, to discuss the compelling appeal of the city's neighborhoods, encouraging families visiting Chicago to "get lost in the immersive fern room at the Garfield Park Conservatory on the West Side or the butterfly haven inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on the North Side." You don't have to choose between the downtown appeal of The Bean in Millennium Park and the wonders that lay in each neighborhood - "there is a way to get a look at both Big Chicago and the city neighborhoods with even the smallest of children," she says. Sounds like in Chicago, you really can have your cake and eat it, too.
UK: "Never mind New York - Chicago is America's coolest city."
After a recent stay in Chicago, London's Food and Travel writer Alicia Miller fell in love with the city in 48 Hours somewhere between "the remarkable architecture and even more remarkable food scene," she says. Calling it a more manageable city than the Big Apple, Miller raves about how Chicago's "rocking arts and music scene, world-class restaurants, and buildings to make architecture buffs go weak at the knees" are sure to make visitors to our city find it difficult to leave. In his piece Chicago: my kind of town, Nigel Tisdall of UK The Sunday Times Travel Magazine also found himself quite smitten with the city "where one wow leads to another," and difficult to leave the land of skyscrapers. For Tisdall, him and Britons who visit Chicago "invariably come back raving, citing the city's cleanliness, friendliness and knock-out architecture." Sounds like an unbeatable holiday to us.
Brazil: "Chicago has it all for the international tourist."
From a country that has increased visitation to Chicago by 97% in a one year period, Brazilian visitors are singing the praises of their new found vacation destination. Mari Campos, writer for Brazil's national newspaper O Globo, was taken back by the unparalleled combination of all the elements that international travelers look for in a destination. Campos claims that "between the parks, the river, the lake, museums, restaurants, views like that of the Sky Deck, shopping, the neighborhoods and nightlife, Chicago has it all for the international tourist." Casa Vogue seems to agree, and even goes on to say that Chicago truly is "the genesis of the American Dream," as a city that quite literally built itself back up from the ashes of The Great Chicago Fire to create a cuilnary scene of "haute cuisine." In 2012, Chicago saw 63,000 visitors (up from 32,000 in 2011), and with stories like these, Chicago will be at the top of mind for Brazilian tourists in the years to come.
China: "More magnificent and clean than in my imagination."
During a recent visit to Chicago for The China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit in October, Chinese tourism officials were blown away by what they found in the city on the lake. Hu Xuefan arrived in Chicago with virtually no image of Chicago in his mind. However, after two days in the city, with a filet-and-seafood dinner on the Prizker Pavilion stage in Millennium Park, a visit to the John Hancock Observatory and a bilingual tour of the Art Institute, Xuefan was the first to admit how Chicago had taken his breath away: "it's much more magnificent and clean than in my imagination," he said. Aimed at exchanging industry information, fostering business connections and familiarizing participants with the city, this recent summit will have Chinese officials spreading the word of Chicago's grandeur back home for some time to come.