Chicago tops ‘best big city’ list

With news stories framing Chicago as a Mad Max-level hellscape, it’s nice to get the occasional affirmation that, yeah, Chicago is a phenomenal city.

The readers of Conde Nast voted Chicago the #1 big city in America. Close to a half million votes were counted, and Chicago was at the top of a competitive list that also included Honolulu, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York.

Summarizing Chicago, the site credits “magnificent architecture, stunning museums, brilliant chefs, a massive brewing scene, and so much to do that you’ll never see it all.”