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

The year in Art and Design | 2011 in review

Vivian Maier, Bertrand Goldberg and other rediscovered Chicagoans made this an exciting year.

Museum faux pas | 2011 in review

What were they thinking?

The people that cracked us up this year | 2011 in review

We look back on the funniest folk of 2011

Best films of 2011 | 2011 in review

Ben Kenigsberg and A.A. Dowd count down their favorite movies of the year.

Dance stories

It was a year of unexpected pleasures.

Underreported stories

Four news stories that didn’t get enough attention.

Honorable mentions: Best dance visits

Ten top dances from beyond Chicagoland

Best classical albums

The best of the year’s crop of new classical recordings.

Shelf-involved | 2011 in review

By cutting funding for the library, Rahm proved himself out of touch with his constituents.

The best of Chicago classical | 2011 in review

Change? Econonic innovation? Hey, at least it happened in the world of classical in 2011.

The queer year that was | 2011 in review

2011 offered a rainbow cornucopia of highs and lows.

The rock god chefs of 2011

They serve attitude first, steak second.

Ten Chicago store openings in 2011

Time Out Chicago takes a look back at ten store openings that mattered in 2011.

The year’s biggest dance headlines

The on- and offstage moments we won’t forget