NITN | @notintownlive | 27 Oct 2020
City of Big Shoulders, Chicago, added one more epaulette to its status with Conde Nast Traveler readers choosing it as the Best Large City in the United States for the fourth year in a row.
This latest honour is a first in the history of the category under the annual Condé Nast Traveler annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, “This never-before-seen, four-time accomplishment is truly a testament to the resilience and rich diversity of our City.”
Boasting architecture that is mind-boggling and perhaps the best among the US cities, with its waterways, bascule bridges, elevated metro rail track and the tall towers, no wonder Chicago is one of the most cinematic with even India's Bollywood shooting its high-adrenalin buddy-cop-action film like Dhoom 3 in the city's backdrop.
But before you are lost in the modern buildings like Willis Tower, check out some other iconic buildings with a walk tour.
Or, take the Chicago Architecture Cruise in which you travel all three branches of the Chicago River, and see some 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges, and historic sites starting.
If you love heights and want a bird's eye view of Chicago and the vastness of Lake Michigan, climb to the top of Willis Tower, which is much more than North America's tallest building.
Catch a sweeping view of the city from its top Skydeck.
Once you reach the top, step out onto The Ledge, a collection of glass boxes that extend over 4 feet out from the side of the building, giving you the opportunity to stare over 1,300 feet straight down.
Besides architecture, one experience not to be missed in Chicago is a visit to Shedd Aquarium —a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture.
The Conde Nast Traveler award comes as Chicago and the city’s partners are reimagining what it means to travel and convene.
“Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, our communities and businesses found innovative ways to strengthen our recovery efforts while still giving residents and visitors access to all our great City has to offer,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
Glenn Eden, chair of Choose Chicago’s Board of Directors, said, “It also shows that we have a very endearing popularity with this group of seasoned travelers and continue to check all of the boxes for what matters most to them when visiting a big city.”
Said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, “As we welcome visitors back, it is even more important that we welcome them back responsibly; all the while sharing with them the experiences that have resulted in achieving this recognition the past four years.”
In spite of the challenges 2020 has presented to date, the city and its partners united earlier this year to continue offering visitors a fulfilling experience.
This past spring, Choose Chicago launched Tourism & Hospitality Forward, an initiative to spur the city’s tourism industry and a broader economic recovery.
This alliance of over 250 local tourism, hospitality, meeting and event-related organizations worked together to establish best practices and safety measures for the health and safety of residents, visitors and business travelers alike in advance of the phased reopening of cultural institutions, hotels, attractions and restaurants at the start of the summer.
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.
More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers participated in the voting period from April through June, submitting tens of thousands of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where they travel and what they enjoy.
(Images : Unsplash)
- Head to JW Marriott Kolkata if you are looking for an enjoyable BBQ Evening this winter
- Taj brand owner IHCL and Ambuja Neotia Group add three more hotels to their partnership
- Free transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial launched by American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld
- Turkey registers 11.9 million tourist arrivals between Jan-Sept 2020 despite Covid
- Chicago to host US premiere of Immersive Van Gogh in a new venue dedicated to immersive art
- Hospitality Challenge: Ideas to help tourism recover in the new normal
- The Lords and Barons enriches Park Street’s breakfast scene
- Help communities in need and feed wanderlust through volunteer tourism, says Travel4Change
- Uttar Pradesh aims to turn Ayodhya into smart, eco-friendly solar city to woo visitors
- Let your loved ones enjoy a lavish experience with E Gift Cards from ITC Hotels
Gurugram/NITN: India's private airline SpiceJet on Monday announced the launch of daily flight services connecting Darbhanga with key metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Kochi/NITN: India's private airline IndiGo commenced two weekly flights between India and Maldives under air bubble from Friday.
Kolkata/UNI/NITN: Air India, the Asian country's national airline, is actively considering reintroduction of its Kolkata-London-Kolkata direct flight soon after getting nod from the Aviation Ministry and Airport Authority of India (AAI) and clearance of other technicalities.