Chicago Airbnbs Tops Illinois's List

Jan 2, 2018

Credit Airbnb.com

  ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Chicago is the most popular destination in Illinois for Airbnb, but the top 10 list includes a mix of communities statewide. The top cities include Rockford, Evanston, Champaign and Carbondale.

Hundreds of cities have touted additional cash through the short-term rental service. For example, Rockford and Airbnb announced a tax agreement in September allowing the company to collect and remit the northern Illinois city's 5 percent hotel/motel tax on behalf of hosts.

 

Officials say Airbnb brought in about $300,000 in revenue and 2,200 guests to Rockford hosts this year.

 

At the same time, many cities, including Chicago, have put rules in place to regulate and restrict the fast-growing industry. Concerns have included noise levels and the impact on neighborhood identity.

Other cities on the list are Galena, Oak Park, Urbana, Forest Park and Springfield.