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Study shows Chicago is friendliest city for tourists in U.S.


Chicago is famous for being friendly to tourists. Locals might roll their eyes at visitors' bags of Garrett Popcorn or their coordinated Cubs apparel, but we'll still give out impeccable directions to the city's best sights and attractions when asked, and we'll even recommend the best restaurants to eat at along the way.

Chicagoans' hospitality hasn't gone unnoticed, according to a study from Stratos Jet Charters. This group's research looked into #tourist tweets from locations across the country and sifted through positively and negatively charged tourist-related sentiments from each state. The Midwest, specifically Chicago, had an overwhelmingly positive score. Not surprisingly, New York was ranked as the second most tourist-hating city in the country.

Chicago will need to keep up this trend in order to meet Rahm Emanuel's goal of 55 million annual visitors by 2020. Given the current state of the city's financial affairs, Chicago is going to need all of the extra revenue it can get its hands on, and tourism is a great place to start. 

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