Chicago has officially been named the second-best city in the entire world by's annual survey. The TimeOut quiz, run annually, asks more than 20,000 urban dwellers around the globe to report on categories to rank cities by, including food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability, livability, and more.

Chosen as the second-best city in the world, Chicago was ranked only behind Edinburgh, Scotland while being the highest ranked city from the United States. New York City was ranked 20th, with San Francisco at 25th, Boston at 29th, Miami at 38th, and Los Angeles wrapping up the U.S. cities at 42nd.

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According to Emma Krupp from Time Out, “Our beloved Midwest metropolis was voted the funnest city in the world this year, a fact borne out by the city’s near-overwhelming docket of summer festivals, outdoor events, art exhibitions and free stuff to do every weekend. After two years of on-and-off restrictions, Chicagoans are more eager than ever to get out and enjoy their city.”

According to their report, Chicagoans rated the local food and drink at 96 percent, with 95 percent of Chicagoans giving high ratings to our art and culture scenes.


Krupp acknowledged that Chicago struggles with violence, disinvestment, and a transit system that’s struggling to keep up with pandemic-era staffing shortages, like many cities. With Chicago’s large network of community groups, activists, and mutual aid workers, readers voted Chicago the fourth-most resilient city in the world.