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Time Out Love Local 2021
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Vote for the Chicago places you love in Time Out’s annual Love Local Awards

We want to hear about your favorite restaurants, bars, galleries, shop, museums and places to hang out.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Real talk: Chicago can be a challenging place to live. The winters get extremely cold, the rent is getting any cheaper and El never seems to arrive when you want it to. Thank goodness for places! That tiny art gallery that throws great openings. The café that plays some decent music. And, of course, the bar where you can gather with your friends. Now we want to hear all about your local destinations.

Time Out is launching its annual Love Local Awards today. It's your chance to tell us about your favorite theatre, gallery, bar, restaurant or anything, to give it the exposure it deserves and to show it some love. You can nominate as many venues as you like, of whatever type. Once the nominations are in, you’ll get a chance to vote on the ones that you think are the stars of Chicago. We’ll feature the most loved venues on Time Out Chicago, and give those outstanding small businesses—the Time Out Love Local Award Winners of 2021—a valuable free marketing and advertising package to help them thrive. They’ve had a pretty rotten 18 months, after all.

Launching simultaneously in 14 cities across North America and Europe this year, the Love Local Awards are part of Time Out’s commitment to inspire connection and joy by capturing the soul of the world’s greatest cities and support independent businesses, while offering them a platform to give them the recognition they deserve.

The 2021 Love Local Awards nominations are open from October 26 until November 5. You can vote from November 11 to December 17, and the awards winners will be announced in the New Year.

Right now, tell us the places in Chicago you love. Don’t hesitate, nominate.

Have questions? See our FAQ page.

(Oh, and if you are a business owner, or simply want to see your favorite venue listed on Time Out, you can submit the details to the Time Out Chicago website by sending us the info.)

We can't wait to hear about your favorite places and to honor all of the local businesses that make Chicago the kind of city where people want to stick around.

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