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Edgewater Wins Big In Reader’s ‘Best Of Chicago’, Including Best Affordable Neighborhood

reader-1Edgewater and Andersonville took away many top nods in the Chicago Reader’s ‘Best of Chicago’ awards. The neighborhoods also scored many runner-up positions as well.

The big prizes won were best neighborhood for affordability-Edgewater, and runner-up nods for best beach-Foster Ave. Beach and best street-Clark Street. Local favorite Taste of Lebanon scored big with nods in Best Middle Eastern restaurant and runner-up for best falafel and best soup. Simon’s Tavern won for not only best jukebox, but also was the runner-up for best dive bar and best neighborhood bar. Though just outside Edgewater, but still located in the 48th Ward, Big Chicks won for both best Gay bar and best Lesbian bar.

Other big winners were Urban Pooch who won both best pet store and best doggy day care, Koval for best local distillery, Mas Alla Del Sol for best Mexican restaurant, Jerry’s for best sandwiches and runner-up nods for Reza’s, Farraguts, and Tenoshi.

Some of the most exciting winners were from long-time Andersonville institutions who have been in the neighborhood through good times and bad. Swedish Bakery won for best bakery, Alamo Shoes for best shoe store and Gethsemane Garden Center for best garden store.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up:

Best neighborhood for affordability: EDGEWATER
Best local distillery: KOVAL DISTILLERY-5121 N. Ravenswood
Best bakery:SWEDISH BAKERY-5348 N. Clark
Best Mexican restaurant: MAS ALLA DEL SOL, 5848 N. Broadway
Best Middle Eastern restaurant: TASTE OF LEBANON, 1509 W. Foster
Best sandwich: JERRY’S, various locations
Best long-running play: TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND, 5153 N. Ashland
Best liquor store: INDEPENDENT SPIRITS, INC., 5947 N. Broadway
Best coffee shop: METROPOLIS COFFEE COMPANY, 1039 W. Granville
Best gay bar: BIG CHICKS, 5024 N. Sheridan
Best lesbian bar: BIG CHICKS, 5024 N. Sheridan
Best jukebox: SIMON’S TAVERN
Best resale shop: BROWN ELEPHANT, various locations
Best shoe store: ALAMO SHOES, 5321 N. Clark
Best eyewear shop: Spex OPtical, various locations
Best garden store: GETHSEMANE GARDEN CENTER, 5739 N. Clark
Best pet store, URBAN POOCH, 4501 N. Ravenswood
Best doggie day care: URBAN POOCH, 4501 N. Ravenswood
Best alderman: AMEYA PAWAR, 4243 N. Lincoln

Runner-Ups
Best street: CLARK STREET
Best beach: FOSTER BEACH
Best falafel: TASTE OF LEBANON
Best ice cream: LICKITY SPLIT
Best Middle Eastern restaurant: Reza’s
Best soup: TASTE OF LEBANON
Best sushi: TANOSHI
Best actress: CAROLINE NEFF, Steep Theatre/Steppenwolf
Best lesbian bar: FARRAGUTS
Best dive bar: SIMON’S TAVERN
Best neighborhood bar: SIMON’S TAVERN
Best boutique for women: AKIRA
Best sex toy shop: EARLY TO BED
Best billiards: PRESSURE BILLIARDS


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