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.
In 2014, Airbnb undertook analysis to understand the social impacts of it’s community in Chicago.
For an overview of Airbnb’s community in Chicago, see Airbnb’s Positive Impact in Chicago.
Diverse communities around the world are already seeing the personal social benefits of the sharing economy. These peer-to-peer transactions build community, foster cultural exchange, and strengthen empathy and understanding.
“The best part of the Airbnb experience has been learning about different countries and cultures. I’ve been able to host people from Taiwan, India, West Africa, Mexico, Central China, and several other countries – and it has been wonderful! Being able to learn about other people’s lives and experiences is a value above any monetary benefit one could have. I’ve literally made friends through Airbnb and met people that I genuinely care for. This has been a wonderful experience!” -Chicago Airbnb Host
“Airbnb helps us live a more comfortable lifestyle. With Airbnb we can afford to stay in our home, stay on top of our bills, and still enjoy life by traveling and trying new restaurants, etc. to recommend to our guests!” -Chicago Airbnb Host
The data above reflects travel to Chicago between July 2014 and June 2015.
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