2021 Holiday Posada in Little Village. (Courtesy of Little Village Chamber of Commerce)

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, when you spend $100 at a small business, $48 stays in the community versus when you spend the same $100 at a big-box store or national retailer, only $14 stays.

Workers start to tear down the NASCAR course and seating in downtown Chicago on July 3, 2023. (WTTW News)

By comparison, Lollapalooza generated $422 million, according to a separate report.

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It’s the sixth year in a row the city has landed in the top spot. More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers from all over the country ranked Chicago as their favorite city to visit.

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Summer travel is heating up. A survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that nearly 70% of Americans are planning to travel this summer. But what about tourism here in Chicago?

An estimated 54.1 million visitors came to the city in 2016, getting totals closer to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal of annually attracting 55 million out-of-towners to Chicago by 2020.

Meet two men who think gondolas and lights will give a significant boost to Chicago tourism.

Can aerial gondolas proposed for tours along the Chicago River lift tourism business in the city? Crain's managing editor Ann Dwyer joins us to discuss this story and more.

There's a new push to boost Chicago tourism with visions of glass cable car trams, luxury CTA cars to O'Hare and light shows bouncing off of downtown buildings.  "Choose Chicago's" chairman and possible gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is here to talk about the plans-- and his political future.