I really hadn’t planned on it. I’d covered the Chicago Reader’s “Best of” issues for the past three years. I thought I was through with it, at least for the time being. I didn’t encourage readers to vote in this year’s Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2011” polls.
But, dammit! “Best Overall Neighborhood” merits a blog post.
Best Overall Neighborhood – Logan Square
But not just Best Overall Neighborhood; how about:
Best Neighborhood for Affordability – Logan Square
(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Culture – Logan Square
(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Diversity – Logan Square
(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Nightlife – Logan Square.
After having to work to find last year’s Logan Square gems (see “Best of” closest to the square), this year’s edition was chock full of Logan Square, which, like the whole of Chicago, does its share of “world-class dining scene,” “grassroots arts movement,” and “one beautiful mess of highbrow and low.” It’s almost all Logan Square, all the time this year, so I’ve not distinguished the Reader’s picks from the Reader’s readers’ picks. [Update: How did I Read the rest of this entry »