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Best of Chicago 2014

All the best stuff in Chicago according to our critics and you.

Best 7 AM Get-Down: After Afters (Photo supplied by Riff Music Lounge)

Best 7 AM Get-Down

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Best Excuse to Get Painted Up Like a Neon Freak Show: Blacklight Blackout

Best Excuse to Get Painted Up Like a Neon Freak Show

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Best Midweek Burlesque Break: No Tell Motel (Photo by Louis Fitch)

Best Midweek Burlesque Break

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Best Desert-Rock Band: Mount Salem (Photo by Josh Kurpius)

Best Desert-Rock Band

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Best Rapper Taking Drill Into Pop: Lil Durk (Photo courtesy Sun-Times)

Best Rapper Taking Drill Into Pop

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Best Art-Rock Band Less Than 30 Years Old: Dead Rider (Photo by Joe Sumrall)

Best Art-Rock Band Less Than 30 Years Old

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Best Band Name That Riffs on a Decade-Old Onion Headline: Meat Wave (Photo by Frank Porcaro)

Best Band Name That Riffs on a Decade-Old Onion Headline

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Best Transgender Rock Star: Laura Jane Grace (Photo by Ryan Russell)

Best Transgender Rock Star

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Best of Chicago 2014: Music & Nightlife

Best of Chicago 2014: Music & Nightlife

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Best Bloomingdale Trail Amuse-Bouche: Park 576 in Bucktown (Photo by Ireashia Bennett)

Best Bloomingdale Trail Amuse-Bouche

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Best Escape From Navy Pier: Milton Lee Olive Park (Photo by Brent Rostad)

Best Escape From Navy Pier

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Best Organization to Put Its Pedal to the Mettle: Read/Write Library (Photo by Amanda Meeks)

Best Organization to Put Its Pedal to the Mettle

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Best One-Woman Think Tank: Valerie Leonard (Photo by Andrea Bauer)

Best One-Woman Think Tank

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Best Love Story: Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert (Photo courtesy of Starbelly Studios | Sun-Times Media)

Best Love Story

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Best of Chicago 2014: City Life

Best of Chicago 2014: City Life

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Best Rec Center With a Roller Rink and a Bowling Alley: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center (Photo by Ireashia Bennett)

Best Rec Center With a Roller Rink and a Bowling Alley

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Best Secret Driving Range: Marquette Park (Photo by Jean Lachat/Sun-Times)

Best Secret Driving Range

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