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Critics' Picks

->Best of Chicago: Goods and Services
Goods & Services
Best Pop-Up Vintage Shop
Best Neighborhood Garage Sale
Best Thrift Store
Best Rock 'n' Roll Garden Designer
Best Place to Get a Vintage Hairstyle
Best Place to Buy Size 16 Jeans
Best Place to Swap Black T-shirts With Dudes
Best Mall
Best Place to Buy an Unusual Engagement Ring
Best Jewelry Designer
Best Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift
Best Place to Buy 78 RPM Records
Best Art Sale
Best Selection of Italian Horror-Movie Soundtracks
Best Cheap Tickets for Great Seats for Broadway in Chicago
Best Last-Minute Theater Tickets
Best Theater Community Service Organization
Best Place for a Musical Prodigy to Get a Free Education (or Close to It)
Best Film School
Best Dance School Everyone Thinks of as a Music School
Best Dance Class
Best Place to Buy a Restored Schwinn Cruiser
Best Place to Restore Your Own Bike
Best Pharmacy
->Best of Chicago: Arts and Entertainment
Food & Drink
Best Mexican Restaurant Hiding in a Grocery Store
Best Korean Restaurant Hiding in a Grocery Store
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
Best Soup Dumplings
Best Manti
Best Use of a Pernicious Weed
Best Use of a Pig Tail by Someone Other Than a Pig
Best New Neighborhood Restaurant
Best Hand Food
Best New Burger
Best New Veggie Burger
Best Fries
Best Pollo a la Brasa
Best Theoretical Food Truck
Best Macaroni and Cheese
Best Octopus Confit
Best Squid Balls
Best Place to Sup Like Henry VIII
Best Location for a Clandestine Tryst, With Dinner
Best All-You-Can-Eat Experience, Upscale Division
Best Unorthodox Pizza Topping
Best Way to Stuff Your Face With Thai Food for Under $5
Best Coffee Roaster
Best Place to Get Hopped Up on Caffeine and Play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Best Restaurant Name
Best Breakfast Cocktail
Best Cocktail That Might Be Good for You
Best Beer Cocktail
Best Canned Beer Made in Chicago
Best Use of Wild Midwestern Persimmons
Best Place to Try Palm Wine
Best Beer Selection at a Liquor Store
Best Customer Service at a Liquor Store
Best Macarons
Best Chocolates
Best Use of Leftover Cake
Best Window Seat
Best Place to Buy Secret Ingredients
Best Regional Cheese
Best Local Food Product
Best Food Co-op
Best Chef's Blog
->Best of Chicago: Arts and Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment
Best Dive Bar Full of Dummies
Best Place to Get Drunk With Your Dog
Best Dance Party
Best Sporadic Queer Dance Party
Best Nongay Bar in Boys Town
Best Fashion Watching
Best New Musical Group
Best Old Musical Group
Best New "Chicago Sound"
Best Metal Supergroup
Best Michael Jackson Cover
Best Led Zeppelin Cover Band
Best Cover Band That Plays One Gig a Year
Best Totally Underground Rap Discovery via MySpace
Best Band T-Shirt
Best Amateur Music Blog
Best Musical Use of Dry Ice
Best Blues Bagpiper
Best Mustache in a Local Band
Best Rocker Sighting in a Nonrock Setting
Best Experimental Music Presenter
Best Place to Sit at the Empty Bottle if You've Spent More Than Ten Years Hanging Out at the Empty Bottle
Best Opera Singer
Best Lawn Seat at Ravinia
Best Microscene
Best New Gallery
Best Alternative Comics Artist Behind the Counter at an Alternative Comics Mecca
Best Free Movie Series
Best Underground Filmmaker
Best Web Site for Film Buffs
Best Rainmaker for Chicago in Hollywood
Best Independent Film Distributor
Best Alternative Film Venue
Best Theater Success Story
Best Play I Saw by Mistake
Best Moonlighting Witch
Best Theatrical Hat Trick
Best New Play
Best New Theatrical Form
Best Theater History Collection
Best Effort to Keep Opera a Living Art
Best Puppeteer
Best Place to See a Seven-Man Pyramid Cross the High Wire
Best Variety Show
Best Improv Group
Best Improviser
Best Stand-up Comedian
Best Sketch Show
Best Commentary on Modern Technology by a Choreographer
Best New Novelist
Best Under-appreciated Chicago Novel
->Best of Chicago: Sports and Recreation
Sports & Recreation
Best Mini-Golf Course
Best Public Golf Course
Best Way to Spend a Summer Afternoon on the South Side
Best Man-Made Geographical Wonder
Best Alternative to the Lakefront Path
Best Bike Tours on Which to Consume More Calories Than You Burn
Best Free Workout
Best Place to Set Up a Moth Light
Best Place to Watch Peregrine Falcons
Best Two-Fisted Sports Columnist
Best Sports Talk Team
Best Play-by-Play Man
->Best of Chicago: Civics
Civics
Best Place for a New El Stop
Best Place to Get Hit by a Car While Riding a Bike
Best Alternative to the Kennedy in a Mad Dash to O'Hare
Best Example of What's Wrong With the TIF Program
Best Place to Find Information About Your Local TIF District
Best Diner for Politician Watching
Best Place to Corner an Alderman Who's Ducking Your Calls
Best Orator at City Hall
Best T-shirt Spotted on an Adult Picking Up a Child From Kindergarten
Best Honorary Street
Best Trove of Historic Chicago Photos
Best Local Nonfiction Writer
Best Local Blog
Best Twitterer
Best Tagger