The people have spoken, now it’s time to party! More than 30,000 ballots were cast across more than 300 categories determining your favorite places, people, and things in the city.
The Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago party will take place Tuesday, November 19, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, at 18th Street in Pilsen.
Taste the Best of Chicago when winners and nominees from the Food & Drink ballot dish out their prize-winning tastes, including:
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Dinner at the Grotto
Publican Quality Bread
Dark Matter Coffee
And more to be announced!
Enjoy the sounds of Best DJ winner Rae Chardonnay, and experience some of the best voted Chicago entertainment when Best Drag Performer Lucy Stoole and Best Stand Up Comic Shannon Noll Co-Host the Best of Chicago Variety Show, featuring: Glitter Moneyyy, Roy Kinsey, Chicago Magic Lounge, The Fly Honeys, and more. Runner Up for Best Photo Booth Glitterguts will be on site to snap you and your friends and Special batched cocktails will be provided by Best Bartender Winner Matt Ciargleglio & Best Mixologist Julia Momose.
There are two tickets to the party:
VIP to support the Reader—$45: Enjoy early entry at 6 p.m., exclusive access to the balcony bar all night, magic experiences provided by Best Magic Venue winner Chicago Magic Lounge, an indulgent food spread by Whole Foods Market, a complimentary drink from Virtue Cider, Half Acre or Koval Distillery, dessert from Defloured bakery, and a sweet swag bag including treats from Best of Chicago winners. Feel good about your upgrade! This ticket supports independent journalism.
General Admission—$15: Access to the party 7-10 p.m., cash bar, entertainment, ticket to the “Best of Chicago” food tasting featuring several winners and nominees. A cash bar will be available.
Accessibility: Thalia Hall is wheelchair accessible via elevator. The main restrooms will be all-gender accessible; a single unit restroom will also be available.
This party is all ages, but attendees must be 21 or older and present a valid ID to drink alcohol.
Parking: Street parking. We will no longer be offering valet at the event. We encourage all to ride share to the event or take public transit, as street parking near Thalia Hall is scarce. .
This party is made possible by the support of 16 on Center, Xfinity, Illinois Lottery, Half Acre Beer, Koval Distillery and Virtue Cider.