Chicago is one of the more interesting cities in the U.S., especially in terms of the contrast between its friendly tourist side and its rougher reputation.
There’s no end to the attractions for locals and for tourists, including world-class galleries, sporting events, musical heritage, and simply sightseeing.
The Windy City regularly makes various lists of places to visit in the U.S., due to its unique Midwest charm, and unique culture, especially when compared to what you might find in other big U.S. cities like Los Angeles or New York City.
At the same time, Chicago has often made other “Top” lists for factors like violent crime and murder rates. It has a history of corruption, violence and gang activity, but interestingly, current crime data shows that it’s either less violent overall or other cities are growing worse.
For instance, Chicago didn’t even appear on the 2023 Forbes list for the 15 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities. A suburb, Naperville, also made it to the top of the “Safest City” list. Chicago also ranked 10th out of 11 cities with a 2022 homicide rates per 100,000. But it historically has maintained a high rate of crime, including breaking its own record for murder in 2021 and outpacing New York City which has a larger population.
This begs the question if Chicago is safe. Generally, the answer is yes.
LATEST UPDATES / NEWS from CHICAGO:
April 27 – Action will be taken after a weekend that saw disturbances and arrests in the downtown area
In a letter, Lynn Osmond, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Tourism Group, stated that they have spoken with law enforcement and other city officials about the situation and are confident that the action plan will allay the worries of those seeking to do business in or visit the city.
“They have provided assurances that they will be putting forward additional resources in response to the incidents this weekend,” the letter read, in part. “They have made it clear that all those engaging in criminal activity will be arrested and held accountable.”
According to police, at least 15 people were arrested during a series of large gatherings in the city over the weekend. Most of them were concentrated on local beaches and part of the Loop near Millennium Park.
March 24 – Choose Chicago releases visitor guide for the best sights in the city
Choose Chicago’s 2023 Visitor Guide has just been released and includes both indoor and outdoor activities.
Choose Chicago President and CEO Lynn Osmond spoke with ABC7 about Chicago’s tourism statistics.
The spokesperson also discussed the benefits of the guide for locals.
TikTok city historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas selected “can’t miss spots” for the guide.
To see the guide, visit Choose Chicago’s website.
Safer areas of Chicago
Experts agree that Chicago’s downtown area is safe, especially for tourists. There are plenty of people around and a heavy law enforcement presence. Because Chicago is a popular tourist destination, there are many attractions in this area and access to many services. There are pedestrian corridors as well.