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Andersonville And Its Businesses Dominate The Reader’s Best Of Chicago Awards

The anticipated 2019 Reader Best Of Chicago results came in this week and Andersonville and its local businesses racked up the awards with an overwhelming number of wins.

With more than 300 categories in the poll’s first round of voting, Chicago Readers followers had an immense job to pick the best of (just about) everything in Chicago. From area attractions and architecture to shops, restaurants and bars, no stone was left unturned. In the end more than 30,000 votes were tabulated allowing Andersonville to boast about what most of its residents already knew, the neighborhood is awesome!

Winning best food festival, best chamber of commerce and most importantly best neighborhood, Andersonville took on the competition like a lion. In addition, its local businesses did equally well as they took home over 40 top nods and runner-up positions.

Many businesses were named multiple times including Taste of Lebanon, Jameson Loves Danger, Urban Pooch, Koval Distillery, and Dispensary 33. So were your favorites on the list? (Let me know if we missed any winners or runner-ups)

Best overall neighborhood – ANDERSONVILLE
Best chamber of commerce – ANDERSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Best food festival- ANDERSONVILLE MIDSOMMARFEST

Best boutique for men- COWBOYS AND ASTRONAUTS
Best T-shirt shop- STRANGE CARGO, T-SHIRT DELI (Runner-Up)
Best resale shop- BROWN ELEPHANT
Best picture framing store- FOURSIDED CHICAGO
Best shoe store- ALAMO SHOES
Best dancewear shop- CHICAGO DANCE SUPPLY
Best garden store- GETHSEMANE GARDEN CENTER
Best place to buy local wares- ANDERSONVILLE GALLERIA
Best pet store- JAMESON LOVES DANGER, URBAN POOCH (Runner-Up)
Best doggie day care- URBAN POOCH, BARK BARK CLUB (Runner-Up)
Best tobacco shop- SMOKES ON CLARK
Best independent bookstore- WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST
Best used bookstore- UNCHARTED BOOKS (Runner-Up)
Best comics shop- ALLEYCAT COMICS
Best home-improvement company- ANDERSONVILLE KITCHEN & BATH (Runner-Up)
Best sex toy shop- EARLY TO BED
Best pet groomer- URBAN POOCH, JAMESON LOVES DANGER (Runner-Up)
Best veterinarian- UPTOWN ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Best beer bar- HOPLEAF 
Best bakery, LOST LARSON (Runner-Up)
Best falafel-  TASTE OF LEBANON (Runner-Up)
Best soup- TASTE OF LEBANON (Runner-Up)
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant- REZA’S
Best breakfast- M. HENRY
Best pub grub- LADY GREGORY’S (Runner-Up)
Best cafe/coffee shop-  COLECTIVO COFFEE (Runner-Up)
Best cocktail- KOVAL BOURBON (Runner-Up)
Best local distillery-  KOVAL DISTILLERY
Best local spirit- KOVAL DISTILLERY (Runner-Up)
Best medical cannabis dispensary- DISPENSARY 33
Best place to buy CBD products-  DISPENSARY 33
Best smoke shop-  DISPENSARY 33
Best dive bar-  SIMON’S
Best neighborhood bar- SIMON’S (Runner-Up)
Best jukebox- SIMON’S
Best magic venue- CHICAGO MAGIC LOUNGE
Best drag venue HAMBURGER MARY’S CHICAGO/MARY’S ATTIC
Best travel agency- MENA TRAVEL


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