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



11 months ago
Posted by fa7985

Love Chicago !!

6 months ago
Posted by jilljjh

I would like to nominate a local business to be considered for Best in Chicago 2014. How does that happen?

Thanks and Happy New Year,

4 months ago
Posted by Sweetbit

I abhor your decision to eliminate the complete restaurant listing from your publication, and, contrary to your statement that readers can find the complete listing on your website, I for one do not find it. The overriding reason I have subscribed to your mag for over 25 years is for its complete restaurant recommendations. Guess who will no longer be a subscriber?!

4 months ago
Posted by Dunno

We need Beatle statue

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