Chicago Rocks as a Vacation Spot

July 10, 2011

Chicago has been named the third best vacation city in the United States and Canada in the 16th annual Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2011 reader’s poll.

Last year, our city was No. 4.

Survey participants were asked to rate cities based on six characteristics:







Each characteristic was ranked on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) and then component ratings were averaged, creating an overall score.

The top 10 best cities in the U.S. and Canada and their scores:

1. New York City: 88.40

2. Charleston, South Carolina: 87.41

Chicago3. Chicago: 87.26

4. San Francisco: 87.17

5. Santa Fe, New Mexico: 86.07

6. New Orleans: 85.66

7. Savannah, Georgia: 85.63

8. Vancouver: 85.46

9. Victoria, British Columbia: 84.43

10. Quebec City: 84.20

Cities weren’t the only subject of the poll; it also included the categories of Hotels, Family Hotels, Islands, Cruises, Tour operators and safari outfitters, Airlines, Rental-car agencies, Destination spas and Hotel spas.

The Peninsula Hotel

Chicago's Peninsula Hotel was named the best large hotel in the U.S. and Canada.

Chicago’s Peninsula Hotel was named the No. 1 Large City Hotel in the U.S. and Canada, an improvement from last year’s No. 2 status.

Other Chicago hotels that placed in the Top 50 Large City Hotels category:

3. The Elysian Hotel (first time on list)

4. Trump International Hotel and Tower (was No. 1 last year)

17. Ritz-Carlton, a Four Seasons Hotel (up from No. 27)

45. Park Hyatt (first time on list)

Chicago hotels that made the Top 100 World Hotels list include The Peninsula (No. 44), the Elysian Hotel (No. 86) and Trump Tower (No. 96).

Want to see all the results of the 2011 World’s Best Awards? Visit TravelandLeisure.com.

Want to take the results with you? Downloand the first-ever World’s Best Awards 2011 application for the iPad at TravelandLeisure/iPad or at the iTunes App Store beginning July 11.

Want to win a free iPad? Enter our Chicagoland Real Estate Forum contest!

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