On May 16th, the mayor will have been in office for 12 months.
The magazine said an unscientific poll gives him a three to one favorable rating among business leaders.
Fighting crime is a mixed bag with more cops on the streets but a higher murder rate.
And the mayor is credited with a strong effort on job creation with the warning that implementation of many of his ideas is yet to be tested
"He's young, energetic, a fire ball, lots of new ideas, the city needs energy like that," Greg Hinz, of Crain's, said. "The disappointment is on the changing of Chicago's culture of corruption."
The magazine warns the city has yet to come to grips with its budget problems, including massively underfunded public pensions.