Chicago Magazine Announces 2015 'Best of Chicago'

Jul 13, 2015, 14:22 ET from Chicago magazine

CHICAGO, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The highly anticipated August issue of Chicago magazine hits newsstands Thursday featuring this year's Best of Chicago list with 72 superlative services, shops, and activities in the Chicago area. From hair cutting, carpet cleaning and shoe repair to bespoke suits and custom portraits, the exhaustively researched list delivers big on the essentials while adding a bit of luxury. Also included are 46 Readers' Choice award winners voted on by Chicago readers on chicagomag.com. Plus, the pros offer up their secrets to fixing a hem in an emergency, keeping your car beautiful year-round, making the perfect mojito, and seven other tips.

Anytime there's a shooting, knifing or car crash in Chicago, videographer Pauley LaPointe is there to document it. He serves as a middleman between TV stations and other video journalists as owner of Captured News, swooping down on crime and tragic accidents throughout the city hoping to be the first to capture exclusive footage so he can turn around and sell it for cash. In The Nightcrawler, Chicago reporter Bryan Smith tags along for one particularly violent night – the Friday of Memorial Day weekend – and reports on his wild ride.

Named The Queen of Midwestern Cuisine, Iliana Regan, chef and owner of Lincoln Square's Elizabeth restaurant, is upending how America thinks about the region's food. Born and raised in Indiana, Regan taps into her childhood Midwest memories to create dishes using seasonal, local, and rather unique ingredients such as deer hearts and frog legs. As unique as the food she serves, Regan herself has an interesting story to tell. A self-proclaimed former alcoholic, Regan takes Chicago on her journey of how she learned to channel the part of her that used to fixate on alcohol into her cooking, and worked her way up to owning a restaurant.

Also included in the August issue of Chicago magazine:

  • Where To Do Your Staycation – Several hotels have opened up recently in Chicago, meaning new options for vacations close to home. Chicago takes a look at five great choices, highlighting the vibe, culinary options, unexpected amenities and the cons of each.
  • Politics: Grading the GovernorIllinois's new governor Bruce Rauner has yet to impress during his first six months in power. Chicago takes a closer look at how well he has delivered on seven key promises he made during the election and grades him accordingly in The Rauner Report Card
  • Summer Cookbooks – Discover six new summer cookbooks by Chicagoans that supply recipes for everything from Mexican cocktails ("The Tippling Bros.: A Lime And A Shaker") to Southern heirloom dishes ("The Big Jones Cookbook").

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About Chicago magazine
Chicago magazine is the nation's largest city monthly magazine and produces authoritative coverage of human-interest stories as well as food, culture, and other lifestyle issues. Together with its website Chicagomag.com, Chicago prides itself on spurring intelligent conversations about the city's influencers, zeitgeist-defining trends, and civic controversies through award-winning, in-depth journalism available across all platforms. Chicago magazine is published by Tribune Publishing and is part of the Chicago Tribune Media Group portfolio of product offerings. In 2014, Chicago was awarded the John Bartlow Martin Award for Best Public Service in Journalism in a U.S. Magazine and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Investigative Reporting in a City or Regional Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists.

About Chicago Tribune Media Group
Chicago Tribune Media Group is a diversified media and marketing solutions company that reaches 4.9 million people each month across all platforms. CTMG's robust portfolio of media solutions includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune, and a collection of niche and digital offerings including RedEye, Hoy, Chicago magazine, Naperville Magazine, The Mash, Blue Sky Innovation, chicagotribune.com, chicagonow.com and metromix.com. As the region's leading voice, CTMG also extends into the suburbs of Chicago through popular titles including TribLocal, The Beacon-News, The Courier-News, Lake County News-Sun, Naperville Sun, Post-Tribune in Northwest Indiana, Daily Southtown, and 32 Pioneer Press weekly newspapers.

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