Chicago sees record number of overseas visitors in 2012
More good news for tourism to Chicago.
This morning, Mayor Emanuel made the unexpected announcement that Chicago saw a record 1.369 million overseas visitors in 2012. Based on the data, which is recorded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the increase of 14.2% in 2012 from 2011 moves the city's ranking nationwide to 9th place.
This is a welcome trend for Chicago and, in particular, the Loop, which is home to several of the city's main tourist attractions -- Millennium Park and Skydeck Chicago, most notably. It also moves the city one step closer to its goal of being the 5th most visited city in America, with an annual 50 million visitors. Earlier this summer, the Mayor announced that visitation to the city in 2012 had returned to pre-recession levels.
Read more on today's announcement from the Chicago Tribune.