2011 in review
Time Out Chicago editors take a look back at the year in art, books, comedy, dance, gay and lesbian life, entertainment, music, film, shopping and Chicago news.
Two thousand and eleven will be remembered as a year when a desire for political change took to the streets in capitals the world over. Here in Chicago, there was change, too. A new mayor took the reins of a cash-strapped city, and we also saw street protests in our downtown. But change is also a constant we have come to expect here. In the arts, dining and shopping scenes, Chicago continued to be a hot spot-so much so that maybe it has gone to our heads. In music, too, the local scene was fertile. Here in 2011 in review, our editors drill down into their local arts and lifestyle scenes with year-end lists and commentary on the recent past. We will be posting dozens of online exclusives here before the end of the year, so be sure to come back again and again.-John Dugan