Reader Names Lincoln Square “Runner Up”

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, June 24, 2011

Giddings Plaza fountain. Credit: Flickr/ajdoudt.

Yeah, whatever, posers. We know we’re the best.

The Chicago Reader has released the results of their annual “Best Of” poll and this year’s readers named Lincoln Square the “Runner Up” best neighborhood. The winner? Logan Square. Sounds like the poll was taken over by hipster, Blue Line-riding, former Art Institute students to us. They better watch themselves when they come for their African dance lessons at Old Town. They might get run over by a double-wide stroller.

Just like last year, here’s the rest of the places where Center Square totally dominated:

Goods & Services

Best Local Shop That’s Withstood The Test Of Time, Runner Up – Merz Apothecary

Best Record Store, Runner Up – Laurie’s Planet Of Sound (our interview with LPOS)

Best Bookstore, Runner Up – Book Cellar

Best Pet Store, Runner Up – Ruff Haus Pets

Best Doggie Daycare – Stay

Best Real Estate Agent, Runner Up – Barbara O’Connor, Dream Town Realty

Best Eccentric Wristwatch Collection – Eclecticity

Best Tattoo Shop – Deluxe Tattoo

Best Dance School For Students From Age Five To 65 – Le Ballet Petit School Of Dance

Best Foreign-Car Mechanic For Those Who Probably Shouldn’t Own A Foreign Car – E&J Foreign Cars

Music & Nightlife

Best New Bar – Fountainhead

Best Bartender – Mike Rigoli at Fountainhead

Best Karaoke, Runner Up – Lincoln Karaoke

Best Karaoke Venue That Gives You A Plate Of Bacon If You Buy Two Pitchers Of Beer – Lincoln Karaoke

Sports & Recreation

Best Neighborhood Park, Runners Up – Welles ParkWinnemac Park

Best Bowling Alley, Runners Up – Lincoln Square Lanes, 4874 N Lincoln Ave.

Best Canoe/Kayak Rentals, Runners Up – Chicago River Canoe And Kayak

Best Yoga Studio – Bloom Yoga (our interview of their founder)

Best Public Pool, Runners Up – Welles Park, Chase Park

Food & Drink

Best Local Brew – Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Best Food Festival, Runner Up – Ribfest

Best Farmers’ Market , Runner Up – Lincoln Square Farmers’ Market

Best Butcher Shop , Runner Up – Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen

Best Breakfast, Runner Up – Over Easy Cafe

Best Ice Cream – Margie’s Candies

Best Korean – San Soo Gab San

Best Korean, Runner Up – Cho Sun Ok Restaurant

Best Seafood Restaurant, Runner Up – Glenn’s Diner

Best Sushi – Tank Sushi

Best Thai – Opart Thai House

Runners Up – Sticky Rice Thai, Spoon Thai

Best Vietnamese, Runner Up – Nhu Lan Bakery

Arts & Culture

Best Venue For Stand-Up, Runner Up – Lincoln Lodge

Best Movie Theater, Runner Up – Davis Theater

City Life

Best Alderman, Runner Up – Ameya Pawar

Best Overall Neighborhood, Runner Up – Lincoln Square

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  • http://jeffjudge.com Jeff Judge

    Represent! The hipster comment was hilarious. 

    I find when not in our neighborhood or in the west loop (where my office is), we’re usually in Andersonville/Edgewater or Logan Square. Logan Square feels pretty good food and drink wise.

  • Public Arts

    You forgot runner-up for best gallery 2010: Fill in the Blank Gallery at 5038 N. Lincoln Ave… but maybe that’s too “hipster”.

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