Chicago makes it on top ten lists many times per year. Here are ten lists it has recently been featured on in order of the ranking it received:
#10 Genome – World’s Top 20 Startup Ecosystems Ranked for 1871, an incubator for entrepreneurs located in the Merchandise Mart.
#9 PricewaterhouseCoopers – The World’s Best Cities of Opportunity for its ability to grow, develop, and provide residents with opportunity.
#8 Fast Company – Top Ten Smartest Cities in North America for its work towards closing the digital divide for elderly and lower-income residents.
#7 COMBOS® – 2nd Annual America’s Manliest Cities due to its high volume of manly occupations.
#6 Greatist – The 20 Best Cities for 20-Somethings in part because of its manly #7 spot above…
#5 CBS Money Watch – Top 10 Moving Destinations in the U.S. 2012 Presumably for the food, entertainment, and transportation.
#4 Walkscore – Most Walkable Cities as judged by amenities per the population density.
#3 Knight Frank Wealth Report – Top Ten Cities of Geopolitical Importance That Will Lead The World. Chicago is rising fast as a leader as evidenced by the state visit by the Chinese President in 2011.
#2 Second to New York? Second to none? Maybe it’s just the Second City.
#1 American Mustache Institute – Top Ten Cities for Mustaches in the U.S. in part for “a heritage of retired Chicago Bears players who have continued to embrace a Mustached American lifestyle”