Chicago to push tourist attractions through Foursquare

The Chicago Office of Tourism has teamed up with mobile social media service Foursquare to raise awareness of the city’s attractions, restaurants and other areas of interest.

Users of the Explore Chicago section on Foursquare can earn three badges, themed around the city, by visiting up to 60 locations such as historic sites, film locations, restaurants and clubs.

It is hoped that the partnership, which is a first for Chicago, will boost awareness of lesser-known areas of the city as well as established attractions.

A spokesperson for the tourism office said the partnership was not based on any commercial model because it is likely to help both parties.

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