If there's one city in the US that isn't afraid of the economy taking a bite out of its tourism, it's Chicago. Boasting record hotel occupancy and a whopping 46.2 million visitors last year, the city has become something of a tourism hot-spot. Tourists looking to visit should definitely book well ahead – the best rooms might already be taken!
Chicago hotels continue to enjoy near-record occupancy, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it's a positive sign tourism is up in the nation's third-largest city.
Emanuel and the tourism office Choose Chicago announced Thursday hotels reported 81.2 percent occupancy in May. That's an 8.5 percent increase over May 2012.
The city also hit near-record tourism rates in 2012, with more than 46.2 million visitors.