Our Best of Chicago issue is pretty literal. Like, in a good way: you nominate Chicago’s best things, votes are tallied, a winner is picked. It’s quantifiable. There’s a methodology. (Our critics picks process is slightly more creative, but stay with me here.)
It’s one way to capture the essence of a city and what makes it great. But pictures make it all come to life. That’s where you came in again.
We asked readers to show us the #bestofchi through their eyes—by way of their cell phone cameras—on Instagram. We looked through the hundreds of submissions and picked 40-some-odd favorites, pictures that captured a vibrant city in all its too-hot-too-cold-too-violent-beautiful-dynamic-awe-inspiring glory. Scroll through the gallery below. For even more submissions, click here.
And, no, we haven’t forgotten about the Pitchfork passes. We’ll be contacting the winner on Instagram, so keep an eye out.