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Chicago Tops Big-City Ranks of Travel Destinations Again

For the second year in a row, Chicago has been voted “Best Big City in the U.S.” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The accolade was quickly seized upon by Choose Chicago, the city’s destination marketing agency.

“It is always significant when a leading travel publication and its savvy and knowledgeable readers vote you the number one travel destination in the nation,” said David Whitaker, president and CEO of Choose Chicago. “But to be selected now for a second year in a row—this simply speaks volumes of the kind of city and destination Chicago has become.”

Choose Chicago data shows that hotel room demand grew 5% in the first three quarters of 2018. For the first half of the year, overall visitors to Chicago increased by 4.4%, while overnight visitors were up 6%. That’s double the level of overnight visitors from last year, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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