Chicago is a Top Vacation Destination

May 20, 2012

By Memorial Day weekend, the NATO Summit and its circus will have moved out of town, making beautiful Chicago a great place to vacation for the holiday that marks the unofficial start of summer.

Apparently, others agree with Chicagoland Real Estate Forum: Chicago ranked No. 2 in the country and twice in the top 10 on’s survey of the Top 50 destinations for the Memorial Day holiday. has been publishing its annual Memorial Day list for a decade, making it one of the longest running prognosticators of travel trends. The list is considered a more accurate predictor of holiday travel trends because it’s based on hotel room booking requests and not on consumer preference polls or votes.

This year’s trend: Staying within a budget.

“Average summer airfares are the highest we’ve seen in a decade, so it’s not surprising to see travelers opting for the more affordable destinations where average summer airfares are down versus last year,” said’s in-house Travel Ekspert Brian Ek. “For example, the average Las Vegas summer airfare is down 3.3%, while Chicago is down 4.4%, New York’s JFK is down 3.4%, and San Francisco is down 3.4%.”

Cheaper airfare is one reason Las Vegas earned the top spot on’s list. Chicago Michigan Avenue/River North area is situated at No. 2; No. 8 is Chicago’s Millennium Park, Loop & Grand Park areas; and No. 31 is the Greater Chicago Area in general.

By the way, Chicago was the No. 1 destination on for Memorial Day weekend 2011.

The Priceline Top 10 Destinations List for Memorial Day 2012:

1. Las Vegas, North Strip Area

2. Chicago, North Michigan Avenue/River North Area

3. New York City, Midtown West

4. San Diego, Downtown & Harbor Island

5. Las Vegas, South Strip Vicinity

6. San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf

7. New Orleans, French Quarter

8. Chicago, Millennium Park, Loop & Grand Park Area

9. New York City, Times Square/Theater District

10. New York City, Upper East Side

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