Chicago breezes its way to the top spot yet again in Condé Nast Traveler’s long-running reader’s-choice poll to crown America’s best big city. The sixth win in a row is a historic streak for the nation’s No. 3 most populous metro, which draws domestic and international travelers with its numerous hotel and home-share offerings, culinary prowess, impressive brewery lineup, architectural originality, and easily walkable neighborhoods reflecting centuries of development and immigration.
This year, more than 240,000 readers weighed in on their favorite American cities, and Chicago was ranked first overall for an unprecedented sixth straight year — no other city has been voted the top big city in the U.S. more than three straight times in the 35-year history of this Condé Nast award. “There are 77 neighborhoods to explore, where you’ll find cutting-edge restaurants, chilled-out corner bars, and, no matter where you go, some of the most pleasant people you’ll find anywhere,” wrote editor Joe Thomas.
Condé Nast Traveler’s 35th Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Big U.S. City
3. San Diego
5. New York City
7. San Francisco
8. New Orleans
9. Washington, D …