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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 priceline.com’s survey of the Top 50 destinations for the Memorial Day holiday.

Priceline.com 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 priceline.com’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 priceline.com’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 priceline.com 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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