Chicago skyline

Chicago skyline (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune / August 16, 2012)

It’s no secret for those of us who live here, but Chicago can now call itself one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit for 2014.

In its “Best in Travel 2014” list released Tuesday, Lonely Planet ranked Chicago No. 8, joining destinations including Paris, Zurich, Shanghai and Auckland.

“Chicago is always a candidate for the list, it’s such an amazing city,” said Emily Wolman, Lonely Planet’s editor-at-large. This is Chicago’s first year to make the cut.

Apart from Chicago’s attractions every year, Wrigley Field’s 100-year anniversary and Second City’s 55-year anniversary pushed the city into its position.

Chicago is the only U.S. city to make it onto the list this year, but Texas made it onto the top 10 regions list.

“We try to find something about the upcoming year for the destination,” Wolman said. “We just thought that the birthday of the ballpark would be fun.”

Lonely Planet gathers lists each year for the best country, city, region and value destination for travel. 2014’s winners are Brazil, Paris, Sikkim, India and the Greek Islands, respectively.

Opinions from authors, its editorial board and the traveling community are used to create the lists, with special consideration for special events in the upcoming year such as anniversaries or festivals.

“Chicago is an amazing city any time of year,” Wolman said. We can’t argue with that.

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