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

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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas North Avenue Beach

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. 



Michael D

Visited your fair city for the first time a month ago. Loved it. People were so much nicer than they are here in the South. Your city has a great spirit. Can't wait until I can visit again. Congrats on Cubs win. Congrats on a really spectacular city with great people. lots to do and making people feel at home. Really loved your city.