Airbnb hosts in Chicago have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. Over the past six years, Chicago residents have formed a vibrant Airbnb community, sharing unique experiences with travelers from around the world.
The following report examines the impacts of Airbnb and its community in Chicago. Economic, social, and environmental impacts have all been evaluated to understand how Airbnb fits into the city. The analysis is based on all travel to Chicago during the year-period from July 2014 to June 2015.
Airbnb’s Host Community
Between July 2014 and June 2015, 4,550 Chicago hosts welcomed guests into their homes. These hosts reflect the diverse Chicago community.
Airbnb’s Guest Community
In the previous year, 165,800 guests traveled to Chicago with Airbnb. The number of guests using Airbnb has grown steadily since 2009, with visitation more than doubling between 2012 and 2013. Many of these guests are looking for authentic local experiences.
Special thanks to Chicago-based illustrator, Craighton Berman, who used his knowledge of Chicago to illustrate the cover of the report.
All of the photography in this report is by Ryan Lowry, a local Chicago resident, who regularly shoots Airbnb listing photography for hosts around the city.