Best of Chicago 2013

Two hundred thirty-four square miles, 2.7 million souls, an ever-changing mix of shops, restaurants, bars, comedy nights, rap stars … Where should you spend your time, energy, and money when the choices are practically endless? Read this, for starters. Chicago’s exhaustively reported annual list includes 102 of the absolute best things the metro area has to offer right this minute, from a pastrami purveyor with a funny name to a 66-year-old jazz venue that has become legendary.

Readers’ Choice Awards

Which bars, restaurants, and shops do you think are the best? Hundreds of you weighed in on a recent poll on, and we’re sharing your wisdom.

By Gina Bazer, Lynn Okura Bey, Carly Boers, Cassie Walker Burke, Elly Fishman, Jason Foumberg, Nina Kokotas Hahn, Jason Heidemann, Noah Isackson, Kevin Mckeough, Jonathan Messinger, Jessica Nikolich, Tomi Obaro, Alice Oglethorpe, Penny Pollack, Seth Putnam, Mark Sorkin, Catey Sullivan, Emmet Sullivan, and Lauren Viera
Trophies by Iamhome; Photography By Anna Knott



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