Best of 2013: Our favorite TOC photos of the year

Our photo editor, Martha Williams, picks the best shots of food, cocktails, concerts and more that TOC photographers took in 2013.

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  • Photograph: Tim Klein

    In our Jan 10 issue, we acknowledged the inevitability of marriage equality with a male-on-male homage to Alfred Eisenstadt's famous V-J day photo.

  • Photograph: Lisa Predko

    In that same issue, we celebrated winning the culture war with a photo-remake of the Rosie the Riveter poster snapped by Lisa Predko.

  • Photograph: Erika DuFour

    We also made a female-on-female re-creation of Annie Liebovitz's famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono Rolling Stone cover.

  • Photograph: Michael Jarecki

    By November, we were capturing real-life celebratory smooches as Illinois passed marriage-equality legislation.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    We were there two weeks later to see Gov. Pat Quinn sign the bill, which takes effect June 1, 2014. Illinois joined Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii, New Mexico and Utah in legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013.

  • Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

    One of our favorite Public Eyes snapped in January 2013.

  • Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

    One of our favorite Public Eyes snapped in January 2013.

  • Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

    One of our favorite Public Eyes snapped in February 2013.

  • Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

    One of our favorite Public Eyes snapped in March 2013.

  • Photograph: Julia Stoltz

    In our April 4 issue, we teamed up with design firm INDO to create sets made from salvaged materials.

  • Photograph: Julia Stoltz

    In our April 4 issue, we teamed up with design firm INDO to create sets made from salvaged materials.

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    We loved the elegalance of the sunchoke at Grace from January 2013.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    This photo captures the unique presentation of the kimchi French onion soup at Oiistar from our February issue.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Chilled tofu with caviar at Sumi Robata Bar from our March review looks delectable.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    We had a blast creating this snack stadium for our February 2013 Super Bowl guide.

  • Photograph: Jason Little

    This photo of the burger at Frog & Snail was my favorite in our March burgers feature.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    This photo of the buttermilk old fashioned at Firecakes is my favorite from our epic doughnut taste test in June.

  • Photograph: Damien Thompson

    The warm light and tasteful styling makes this photo of the Arsenic & Old Lace at Bernard's Bar, shot for our March bars issue, cover-worthy.

  • Photograph: Nick Murway

    Photographer Nick Murway simulates the spins at the Drawing Room in this stellar photo for our March 2013 bars issue.

  • Photograph: Nick Murway

    I love the framing and stark light in the photo of Mike Ryan mixing drinks at Sable for our March 2013 bars issue.

  • Photograph: Allison Williams

    Photographer Allison Williams caught a tender moment between Keith Proctor and Nola Jean Ward at the Victory Centre of Glenwood retirement community in Chicago for our February 2013 story about elderly love.

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    I love the energy captured by photographer Max Herman of the Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrating the 2013 Stanley Cup victory on Clark Street in Wrigleyville on June 24, 2013.

Photograph: Tim Klein

In our Jan 10 issue, we acknowledged the inevitability of marriage equality with a male-on-male homage to Alfred Eisenstadt's famous V-J day photo.

We're lucky to have an incredible photographer, Martha Williams, on staff as our photo editor. Not only does she take beautiful shots herself (for us, freelance and for her blog and cocktail app, Craft Cocktail Rules), but she has a great eye for developing young talent and choosing the best photos to run online and in our erstwhile magazine (RIP). This year, we ran tons of amazing photos, all of which Martha had a hand in. She went through every last one to choose her favorites of 2013, from gorgeous food shots to photos of the booze-fueled Blackhawks victory party in the streets of Wrigleyville. Her captions explain why she loves each shot.


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