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Best of 2014

What was the absolute best of 2014? Here are our picks for the best books, albums and movies of the year

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

2014's best People of the CTA photos
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2014's best People of the CTA photos

The craziest, weirdest, sexiest people spotted on public transportation this year

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The 10 best new Chicago restaurants and bars of 2014
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The 10 best new Chicago restaurants and bars of 2014

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The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago 2014
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The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago 2014

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The best Chicago theater of 2014
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The best Chicago theater of 2014

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Best Word on the Street of 2014
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Best Word on the Street of 2014

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10 best hip hop albums of the year
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10 best hip hop albums of the year

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The best and worst ideas in Chicago of 2014
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The best and worst ideas in Chicago of 2014

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The 20 best songs of 2014
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The 20 best songs of 2014

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The 12 best weird news stories of 2014
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The 12 best weird news stories of 2014

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The 20 best albums of 2014
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The 20 best albums of 2014

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Best of 2013

Our favorite TOC photos of the year

Our favorite TOC photos of the year

Our photo editor chooses her favorite shots.

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Best films of 2013
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Best films of 2013

From established Hollywood auteurs to the foreign and indie fringes, cinema brought its A-game.

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10 best restaurant and bar openings
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10 best restaurant and bar openings

From a teeny tiny barbecue shack to a new fine dining spot.

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The craziest Chicago news stories of 2013
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The craziest Chicago news stories of 2013

The weirdest, wildest and wackiest Chicago headlines of the past year.

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The most underrated and overrated albums
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The most underrated and overrated albums

Kanye West, Haim and Savages got way too much love this year.

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The best albums of 2013, label by label

The best albums of 2013, label by label

These labels produced the most memorable music of the year.

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10 best Chicago music festivals
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10 best Chicago music festivals

Lollapalooza was the biggest, but was it the best of 2013?

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Best of 2013: The top concert photos and crowd shots of the year

Best of 2013: The top concert photos and crowd shots of the year

After all the concerts and fests, these are the images that stuck with us.

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The top 10 classical and new-music albums of the year
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The top 10 classical and new-music albums of the year

Everything from Bach and bells to computer manipulated piano.

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The most overused words and phrases of 2013

The most overused words and phrases of 2013

Please stop saying "selfie."

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Best TV episodes, moments and performances
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Best TV episodes, moments and performances

Breaking Bad, Masters of Sex and more of the best TV this year.

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The best plays in Chicago theater
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The best plays in Chicago theater

This year was a strong year for Chicago theater.

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10 outstanding ensembles in Chicago theater
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10 outstanding ensembles in Chicago theater

Chicago theater reveres a team effort.

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Most memorable movie moments in Chicago
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Most memorable movie moments in Chicago

The Chicago cinema scene in 2013 saw some impactful events.

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Top Chicago arts and culture stories

Top Chicago arts and culture stories

Notable happenings in dance, art and books.

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The 100 best things we ate and drank this year
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The 100 best things we ate and drank this year

From breakfast to booze.

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