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Chicago is voted the best big city in the United States

The city tops a poll by Conde Nast Traveler, while Rogers Park is recognized as a best place to live.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

The accolades have been rolling in for Chicago over the past week.

On Tuesday, Chicago was named the Best Big City in the United States for an unprecedented sixth straight year. The honor comes via Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards and was voted on by more than 240,000 people from around the country. A city had never won this many times in a row until now.

“It's no wonder Chicago is topping this list yet again. A world-class destination known for its impressive architecture, first-rate museums, brilliant chefs, and massive brewing scene, it’ll take several repeat visits to get through your list of must-dos,” Conde Nast Traveler editors declared.

As most Chicagoans already know, it’s wholly true. The city has no shortage of great restaurants, bars and things to do. There’s always something new to discover on every street corner, from the North Side to the South Side, which is why a Chicago neighborhood was also recognized by personal finance publication Money

In a recently released list, Rogers Park was No. 5 on Money’s rankings of the 50 best places to live in the United States. It was the lone Chicago spot to make the cut, earning praise for its diversity, walkability, access to public transit and various places of worship. Naperville was Illinois' other representative, landing at No. 16.

“Few places are as welcoming to different religions, creeds or ethnicities as Rogers Park, an underdog neighborhood located in the northeast corner of Chicago,” Money wrote. 

And earlier this year, Time Out readers rated Chicago as the second best city in the entire world, behind only Edinburgh, Scotland. Time Out Chicago editor Emma Krupp said, “Whether you want to try world-class dining, party until 4am at historic clubs, spend a day soaking up the sun along Lake Michigan, see iconic artworks or just wander among different neighborhoods, there’s never a dull moment to be had.” 

Click here for Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Money’s full list of the 50 Best places to live is available here.

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