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Readers’ Choices

What do you think is best in the city? To find out, Chicago conducted an online survey in May, which resulted in nearly 1,000 responses. Here, your 52 winners and the runners-up in culture, dining, and shopping.

BEST BAGEL

New York Bagel & Bialy

4714 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood, 847-677-9388, newyorkbagelandbialy.net
Runner-up: NYC Bagel Deli
BEST BARBER

Floyd’s 99

Various locations, floydsbarbershop.com
BEST BEER

Revolution

Anti-Hero IPA Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-2739, revbrew.com
Runner-up: Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
BEST BIKE REPAIR

Kozy’s Cyclery

Various locations, kozy.com
Runner-up: Johnny Sprockets
BEST BLUES MUSICIAN

Buddy Guy

BEST BOOKSTORE

Myopic Books

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-862-4882, myopicbookstore.com
Runner-up: Unabridged Bookstore
BEST BOWLING ALLEY

Diversey River Bowl

2211 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-227-5800, drbowl.com
Runners-up (Tie): Southport Lanes and Lincoln Square Lanes
BEST BURGER

Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W. Hubbard St., 312-645-6000, rockitbarandgrill.com
Runner-up: Au Cheval
BEST CHICKEN WINGS

Crisp

2940 N. Broadway, 773-697-7610, crisponline.com
Runner-up: The Fifty/50
BEST CHINESE FOOD

Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S. Archer Ave., 312-326-5040; 4832 N. Broadway, 773-293-4653; chicagolaoszechuan.com
Runner-up: Dee’s Mandarin and Sushi Lounge
BEST COFFEE

Intelligentsia Coffee

Various locations, intelligentsiacoffee.com
Runner-up: Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE

Luxury Garage Sale

1658 N. Wells St., 312-291-9126, luxurygaragesale.com
Runner-up: Crossroads Trading Co.
BEST CRAFT BREWERY

Revolution Brewing

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-2739, revbrew.com
Runner-up: Half Acre
BEST DIM SUM (Tie)

MingHin Cuisine

2168 S. Archer Ave., 312-808-1999, minghincuisine.com

Phoenix

2131 S. Archer Ave., 312-328-0848, chinatownphoenix.com
Runner-up: Cai
BEST DINER

Little Goat Diner

820 W. Randolph St., 312-888-3455, littlegoatchicago.com
BEST DJ

DJ Lani Love

djlanilove.com
Runner-up: DJ Rock City
BEST DOUGHNUT

Glazed and Infused

Various locations, goglazed.com
Runner-up: Doughnut Vault
BEST EMPANADA

5411 Empanadas

2850 N. Clark St., 773-755-5411, 5411empanadas.com
Runner-up: Lito’s Empanadas
BEST ETHIOPIAN FOOD

Demera

4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787, demeraethiopian.com
Runner-up: Ethiopian Diamond
BEST FALAFEL

Sultan’s Market

2057 W. North Ave., 773-235-3073; 2521 N. Clark St., 312-638-9151; chicagofalafel.com
Runner-up: Falafill
BEST FLORIST

A New Leaf

Various locations, anewleafchicago.com
Runners-up (Tie): Ashland Addison Florist and Sprout Home
BEST FRIED CHICKEN

Honey Butter

Fried Chicken 3361 N. Elston Ave., 773-478-4000, honeybutter.com
Runner-up: Harold’s Chicken Shack
BEST GARDEN CENTER

Gethsemane

5739 N. Clark St., 773-878-5915, gethsemanegardens.com
Runner-up: Adams & Son Gardens
BEST GERMAN FOOD (tie)

Chicago Brauhaus

4732 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-784-4444, chicagobrauhaus.com

The Radler

2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-276-0270, dasradler.com
Runner-up: Laschet’s Inn
BEST HAIR SALON

XO Studio

3428 N. Broadway, 773-935-9077, xostudiochicago.com
Runner-up: Trio Salon
BEST HOT DOG

Hot Doug’s

3324 N. California Ave., 773-279-9550, hotdougs.com
Runner-up: Portillo’s
BEST HOTEL

Radisson Blu Aqua

221 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-5258, radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago
Runner-up: Dana Hotel & Spa
BEST HOTEL BAR

The Berkshire Room

15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0800, theberkshireroom.com
Runner-up: The J. Parker
BEST ICE CREAM

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

3404 N. Southport Ave., 773-348-7139, jenis.com
Runner-up: Black Dog Gelato
BEST INDIAN FOOD

India House

Various locations, indiahousechicago.com
Runner-up: Jaipur
BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Filini

221 N. Columbus Dr., 312-477-0234, filinichicago.com
Runner-up: RoSal’s
BEST KOREAN FOOD

Del Seoul

2568 N. Clark St., 773-248-4227, delseoul.com
Runner-up: Cho Sun Ok
BEST MOVING COMPANY

New City Moving

2358 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-0600, newcitymoving.com
Runner-up: The Professionals Moving Specialists
BEST NAIL SALON

Pearl’s Nails

2676 N. Halsted St., 773-348-0552; 2735 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-388-8810; pearlsnails.com
Runner-up: Juko Nail & Skin Rescue
BEST PHO

Tank Noodle

(Pho Xe Tang) 4953–55 N. Broadway, 773-878-2253, tank-noodle.com
Runner-up: Pho 777
BEST PIE

Hoosier Mama

Pie Company 1618 ½ W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-4846; 749 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8863; hoosiermamapie.com
Runner-up: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
BEST PIEROGI

Pierogi Heaven

169 N. Wells St., 312-263-9305; 329 S. Franklin St., 312-588-4105; pierogiheaven.com
Runner-up: Kasia’s Deli
BEST PIZZA

Giordano’s

Various locations, giordanos.com
Runner-up: Lou Malnati’s
BEST RAPPER

Chance the Rapper

chanceraps.com
BEST SANDWICH SHOP

Jerry’s

5419 N. Clark St., 773-796-3777; 1938 W. Division St., 773-235-1006; jerryssandwiches.com
Runner-up: Bari
BEST SHOE REPAIR

Shoe Hospital

318 S. Dearborn St., 312-922-7518
Runners-up (Tie): Brooks Shoe Service and Gus New Quality Shoe Repair
BEST SPA FOR MASSAGE

Spa at Dana

660 N. State St., 312-202-6040, spaatdana.com
Runner-up: Urban Oasis
BEST SPIN STUDIO

Flywheel

710 N. State St., 312-624-8485, chicago.flywheelsports.com
BEST STEAK HOUSE

III Forks

180 N. Field Blvd., 312-938-4303, 3forks.com
Runners-up Tie: Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf and Gibsons
BEST SUSHI

Sunda

110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500, sundachicago.com
Runner-up: Arami
BEST TACO

Taco Joint

1969 N. Halsted St., 312-951-2457; 158 W. Ontario St., 312-337-8226; tacojoint.com
Runner-up: Ay Chiwowa
BEST THAI FOOD

Sticky Rice

4018 N. Western Ave., 773-588-0133, stickyricethai.com
Runner-up: Opart Thai House
BEST THEATRE COMPANY

Steppenwolf

1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org
Runner-up: Victory Gardens
BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD

Native Foods Café

Various locations, nativefoods.com
Runner-up: The Chicago Diner
BEST YOGA STUDIO

CorePower Yoga

Various locations, corepoweryoga.com
Runner-up: Tula Yoga Studio

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