Chicago Reader’s Best of 2013 features many Edgewater area picks

The Chicago Reader’s annual “Best of Chicago 2013” reader’s poll results have been revealed. Although part of the fun of these lists is discovering places you’ve never heard of, it is also nice to see businesses you enjoy getting public recognition. That’s why I was thrilled to see so many Edgewater and Andersonville businesses on the list. Perhaps a few of these will inspire you to take a ride up the Red Line or on the #22 Clark Bus to the far north side.

Edgewater and Andersonville area businesses picked as Best of Chicago 2013 in the Reader

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Chicago Reader cover design by Paul John Higgins)

Best Local Distillery – Koval Distillery

Best Jazz Club – Green Mill

Best Lesbian Bar – Big Chicks

Best Jukebox – Simon’s Tavern

Best Shoe Store – Alamo

Best Garden Store – Gethsemane

Best Sex Toy Shop – Early to Bed

Best Doggie Daycare – Bark Bark Club

Best Billiards-  Pressure Billiards & Cafe

Best Personal Trainer (half of a tie) – Melissa DiLeonardo (who is a friend of a friend which is why I know she’s local)


Edgewater and Andersonville are businesses named as runners-up in the Best of Chicago 2013 reader poll

Best Wine Shop Runner-Up – In Fine Spirits

Best Local Food Product Runner-Up – Co-op Hot Sauce

Best Bakery Runner-Up – Swedish Bakery

Best Bahn Mi Runner-Up – Ba Le

Best Breakfast Runner-Up – M. Henry

Best Brunch Runner-Up – Tweet

Best Chinese Food Runner-Up – Sun Wah BBQ

Best Street Runner-Up – Clark Street

Best Dive Bar Runner-Up – Simon’s Tavern


Congratulations to every business and individual (in every neighborhood) named in the Best of Chicago 2013 results. You can see all of the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2013 picks here.


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