All of the more than 100,000 opinions are accounted for, votes have been tallied, photos have been taken and Chicagoans have spoken. The Chicago Reader (@Chicago_Reader) published its Best of Chicago 2013 edition Thursday and Logan Square was voted not only Best Overall Neighborhood (yes, you read that correctly), but also Best Neighborhood for Culture, Best Neighborhood for Affordability and runner-up as Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. One of Logan Square’s aldermen, Joe Moreno (1st ward, @Alderman_Moreno) even won runner-up for Best Alderman.
Logan Square garnered additional awards including everything from Best Bike Shop (The Bike Lane, @bikelanechicago, 2130 N. Milwaukee Ave.) to Best 4 am Bar (The Owl, @theOwlChicago, 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.).
Here are your Best of Chicago Logan Square winners:
Situated on Kedzie Boulevard, just south of the Square, Lula (@lulacafe, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.) opened its doors in 1999 and continues to impress as this year’s Best Brunch winner. Lula adds three additional Chicago Reader Readers’ Poll awards to their shelf including Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Best Looking Wait Staff and Best Wait Staff runner-up. If that doesn’t sound like all the reasons to love Logan Square (brunch options, friendly neighbors and good looking people), than what does?
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
After opening its doors only one month ago, Parson’s (@ParsonsCHI, 2952 W. Armitage Ave.) bar man, Charlie Schott, was named best mixologist and runner-up for best bartender by Reader readers. The restaurant’s now infamous Negroni Slushy won the Reader‘s Critics’ Picks for Best Use of a Slushy Machine.
Located in the heart of Logan Square just across Logan Boulevard from the statue, Fleur (@Fleurinc, 3149 W. Logan Blvd.) was voted best florist by Chicago Reader readers. Think about that, out of all the florists in Chicago, the best one is located right in our neighborhood!
The restaurant may look small from the outside, but Ground Control’s (@GroundCtrl3315, 3315 W. Armitage Ave.) Dan Hanaway won runner-up of Best Up and Coming Chef and the restaurant as an entirety is runner-up for Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Not only is Hanaway serving up dishes ranging from jibaritos to wilted chard salads, Ground Control’s bar offers a wide variety of beer and wine as well.
Another new kid on the block named after Chicago’s own baseball player turned evangelist, Billy Sunday, continues to prove its excellence as Chicago’s Best New Bar. Billy Sunday’s (@billysunday, 3143 W. Logan Blvd.) cocktail, aptly named “Cocktail” won runner-up for Best Cocktail.
Joe’s Barbershop, Twisted Scissors
Just give up on believing the haircut your roommate gives you for free will ever look good because the Reader’s Best Barbershop and runner-up for Best Hair Salon are here in Logan Square. Situated at 2641 W. Fullerton Ave., Joe’s (@JoesBarberShopp) is a first-come-first-serve, cash-only barbershop that has been in business since 1968. The shop offers vintage and classic cuts six days a week.
Twisted Scissors (@TwistedScissor5, 2007 N. Point St.) sits at the corner of Point and Armitage, conveniently down the street from 90 Miles (@90MilesChicago), the Reader’s Best BYOB restaurant. The salon offers haircut and salon services with the chance to drink a beer while you wait. Twisted Scissors is open seven days a week.
Telegraph Wine Bar, Reno
If you weren’t aware Logan Square is home to a wine bar, your days of sipping vino await you. Telegraph (@telegraphwine, 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.) won the readers’ poll for Best Wine List. The wine bar’s Jeremy Quinn also won runner-up for best sommelier. Next-door neighbor and sister of Telegraph, Reno (@RenoChicago, 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.) also made an appearance on this year’s Best of Chicago list as runner-up for Best Bagels.
Dill Pickle Food Co-op, Logan Square Farmers Market
Open seven days a week and run by a board of directors, Dill Pickle (@dillpicklecoop, 3039 W. Fullerton Ave.) makes an appearance as Best Neighborhood Grocery Store. And the Logan Square Farmers Market (@LSFarmersMarket) took the cake for Best Farmers Market. Talk about a great neighborhood to buy fresh, delicious food!
Revolution Brewing Company
Revolution Brewing (@RevBrewChicago, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) garnered multiple awards this year including Best Local Brewery, Best Brew Pub and runner-up for Best Pub Grub. The Brewery’s Anti-Hero IPA also won runner up for Best Local Brew.
Additional Logan Square Winners:
Best Cocktail (tie): Old Fashioned at Longman & Eagle (@longmanandeagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.)
Best Mixologist runner-up: Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw (@scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave.)
Best Restaurant Name runner-up: Fat Rice (@EatFatRice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave.)
Best Cocktail List runner-up: The Whistler (@WhistlerChicago, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Neighborhood Bar: Cole’s (2328 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Liquor Store runner-up: Vas Foremost Liquors (2300 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Taqueria: Taqueria Moran (2226 N. California Ave.)
Best Vegetarian Diner: Chicago Diner (@chicagodiner, 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Vegetarian Diner runner-up: Ground Control
Best Dive Bar: Cole’s
Best Place to Buy Local Wares: Wolfbait & B-Girls (@WolfbaitBGirls, 3131 W. Logan Blvd.)
Best Sox Bar runner-up: Bob Inn (2609 W. Fullerton Ave.)
Best Bowling Alley runner-up: Fireside Bowl (2648 W. Fullerton Ave.)
Best Outdoor Screening Series: Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Best Small Venue for Big Ideas: Comfort Station
Now, check out the Reader’s website for a look at the rest of Chicago’s best.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include Comfort Station, which was omitted in an earlier version.