Time Out Chicago's editors spent the year taking in all the city has to offer, from the best dance clubs to the top Chicago restaurants, and from the year's biggest summer music festivals to the unmissable theater shows. Which places and events reigned supreme as the best of 2014? Check out our lists below, and use them to plan things to do in 2015.
Best of 2014
The best Chicago theater of 2014
Best Word on the Street of 2014
10 best hip hop albums of the year
The best and worst ideas in Chicago of 2014
The 20 best songs of 2014
The 12 best weird news stories of 2014
The 20 best albums of 2014
The 10 best books of 2014
The 20 best movies of 2014
The 5 worst movies of 2014
Best of 2013
Our favorite TOC photos of the year
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
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
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
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
The 100 best things we ate and drank this year
From breakfast to booze.