Best of 2013: Best things to do in Chicago this year

It's that end-of-the-year ritual: Time Out's best of 2013 picks, including Chicago's best restaurants, theater and movies.

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Montrose Beach, home of Wavefront Music Festival, is a Time Out Chicago's Best Awards Critics' Pick.

Montrose Beach, home of Wavefront Music Festival, is a Time Out Chicago's Best Awards Critics' Pick. Photograph: cousindaniel.com

Time Out Chicago's editors spent the year taking in all the city has to offer, from nightclubs to theater, and from restaurants to music festivals. Which venues and events reigned supreme as the best of 2013? Check out our lists below, and use them to plan things to do in 2014.


Best books of 2013

Pro wrestling, Scientology and the ’70s art world buzz through our the best books of 2013, from best-sellers to obscure titles.

Our favorite TOC photos of the year

Our photo editor chooses her favorite shots.

Best films of 2013

From established Hollywood auteurs to the foreign and indie fringes, cinema brought its A-game.

10 best restaurant and bar openings

From a teeny tiny barbecue shack to a new fine dining spot.

The craziest Chicago news stories of 2013

The weirdest, wildest and wackiest Chicago headlines of the past year.

The most underrated and overrated albums

Kanye West, Haim and Savages got way too much love this year.

The best albums of 2013, label by label

These labels produced the most memorable music of the year.

10 best Chicago music festivals

Lollapalooza was the biggest, but was it the best of 2013?

Best of 2013: The top concert photos and crowd shots of the year

After all the concerts and fests, these are the images that stuck with us.

The top 10 classical and new-music albums of the year

Everything from Bach and bells to computer manipulated piano.

The most overused words and phrases of 2013

Please stop saying "selfie."

Best TV episodes, moments and performances

Breaking Bad, Masters of Sex and more of the best TV this year.

The best plays in Chicago theater

This year was a strong year for Chicago theater.

10 outstanding ensembles in Chicago theater

Chicago theater reveres a team effort.

Most memorable movie moments in Chicago

The Chicago cinema scene in 2013 saw some impactful events.

Top Chicago arts and culture stories

Notable happenings in dance, art and books.

Best Awards 2013

Your choices for Chicago's best restaurants, nightlife and theater, plus our editors' picks for the people and places they love most.



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