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Just voted for the Chicago Reader “Best in Chicago” awards online! Figured I would share my answers since everyone asks me on Twitter and Facebook about my Chicago favs! (BTW, sorry did these fast, was in a rush, sorry if missed anyone!) You should vote too! (Especially for my places! haha) Voting ends this weekend so go to now!

Best car wash :: We’ll Clean
Best BBQ :: Fat Willies
Best Brewpub :: Goose Island
Best Coffee Shop :: Intelligestia/Aspire at home….chitowns peeps!
Best Cupcakes :: 3 way tie – Foiled (on twitter), Sweet Mandy B’s (near my house) or Swirlz (for boxes to friends!)
Best Fashion Designer :: Maria Pinto
Best Interior Designer :: Nate Berkus
Best Thrift Store :: Salvation Army
Best brunch   :: Rockit on hubbard (live acoustic, gourmet bloody mary’s, mimosa kits at your table, amazing brunch menu… come on!) Or riverside café in bucktown
Best shoe store  :: Niketown
Best garden store  :: kinsella landscaping
Best gym    :: HERO Fitness and equinox
Best home furnishings store :: smart rooms in merchandise mart
Best alfresco dining  ::  Patio at RBG Wrigley (in nice neighborhood, and can see Wrigley field scoreboard from table)
Best bagels  :: ashkenaz
Best college  :: U of I champaign urbana
Best gelato :: n/a, I eat peanut butter and chocolate skinny cows with extra crunchy peanut butter globbed on twice a day
Best grocery store   :: whole foods
Best Indian restaurant :: vermillion
Best margarita :: que rico
Best Mexican restaurant :: el tapitio
Best Middle Eastern restaurant :: reeza’s
Best new restaurant   :: kith kin
Best burger  :: Rockit Bar & Grill  (“good morning america” gave chitown the nationwide recognition for the rockit burger to beat all cities out- love it!)
Best seafood restaurant  :: Joe’s
Best splurge :: avenue at peninsula
Best sushi  :: Sunda (not many people get entire fresh fish anymore and cut them up right there and then, hands down best!) Best wine shop :: House of Glunz
Best liquor store  :: Binny’s
Best pizza  :: connie’s and malnatis
Best drink specials :: ½ off wine on Mondays at rockit (actually can get really nice bottles!)
Best cocktail list :: Sunda drink list is pure heaven- I invented the “bd superfresh sakitini” that should win this award in itself! Actually, they are all that good
Best dive bar   :: Richard’s
Best 4 AM bar   :: underground, not many places still packed at 4am, 5am saturdays
Best night of the week to go out   :: Saturday, I know its so mainstream, but its just true, and I love people watching.                 Best smoking area :: far away from me
Best hotel for an in-town getaway   :: Peninsula
Best record store :: grew up going to dr. wax
Best local music blog ::
Best dance club  :: Underground, you know you are the best when don’t have an actual cheesy dance floor but can make everyone dance!
Best local band  :: Plain White T’s & Lovehammers
Best local hip-hop artist   :: kanye
Best local DJ   :: Rock City
Best local tribute band   :: South of 80 and elevation
Best bartender :: Andy Lee at Rockit River North
Best music venue to play   :: Metro
Best music venue to watch   :: House of Blues
Best music festival  :: Lolla
Best movie theater   AMC on Illinois
Best art gallery   :: Carrie Seacrist
Best museum exhibit   :: TRex Sue
Best public artwork  :: art institute and mca
Best touring play  ::  lookingglass “alice”
Best off-Loop theater company   :: Lookingglass
Best late-night theater experience :: wiener circle
Best stand-up comic   :: Conan O’Brien
Best sketch/improv troupe   :: improv olympic and second city
Best dance company  :: Loveabulls count?
Best burlesque troupe  :: Baton Club
Best antique store  :: Golden Triangle
Best bike shop   :: village cycle
Best mani/pedi   :: hasn’t happened, yet!
Best massage  :: Maria at Backup Therapeutic
Best mechanic    victor castro at perillo on clark
Best movers   :: Bill & Phil Movers
Best place to adopt a pet  :: PAWS
Best Cubs bar  :: Rockit Wrigley, can see scoreboard from table while watching our tv’s
Best Sox Bar    jim beam club, great buffet
Best billiards   :: rockit river north baby! The best.
Best bowling alley :: lucky strike
Best canoe/kayak rental :: Lincoln park
Best golf course  :: Medinah Country Club
Best dance class :: Arthur murray and  dance center chicago!
Best music teacher  :: Scott Arkenberg at St. Clement
Best yoga studio :: classes at peninsula spa

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