Are headlines hurting tourism in Chicago?
Does Chicago have a PR problem? If you live here, you might think so.
We are bombarded almost daily with headlines and news reports about people killing each other. Chicago`s murder rate was set to break records until the police department implemented a new gang violence plan this summer.
Still the murder rate is high and more violence could mean less tourists, who are crucial to the local economy.
So Mayor Emanuel formed a department to combat the negative press. It`s called Choose Chicago and it has a yearly budget of $27 million dollars.
But can the city`s new tourism gurus overcome all the concerning headlines?