The best of 2015

Reflect on the best of 2015 as we remember the year's greatest concerts, best theater, restaurant openings and more

Photograph: Katie Kullen

It's been another jam-packed year, and the Time Out Chicago editors spent it experiencing all of the great things this city has to offer. We tried all of the best new restaurants, went to countless concerts and hung out at the coolest bars sipping innovative cocktails. Yes, it was the year of the Cubs (but next year looks even better) and the sushi burrito, but it was also so much more. Here are our choices for the best of the best this year. 

Best of 2015

The 15 best new restaurants of 2015
Restaurants

The 15 best new restaurants of 2015

From Italian food to lobster rolls from a food truck, here are our picks for the 15 best new restaurants of 2015 

The 12 best new bars in Chicago in 2015
Bars

The 12 best new bars in Chicago in 2015

The bar openings came fast and furious in 2015. Here's to an epic year of drinking. 

The best Chicago theater of 2015
Theater

The best Chicago theater of 2015

The best of this year in Chicago theater was defined by great characters

The best things that happened in Chicago in 2015
Things to do

The best things that happened in Chicago in 2015

A new park, a great addition to one of our best museums, marriage equality—a lot of good happened in 2015

The weirdest Chicago news stories of 2015
Things to do

The weirdest Chicago news stories of 2015

What a long, strange trip 2015 has been for Chicagoans

Best Word on the Street of 2015 in Chicago
Things to do

Best Word on the Street of 2015 in Chicago

Here are the 25 funniest and craziest things we heard in 2015

The most loved Time Out Chicago stories from 2015
Things to do

The most loved Time Out Chicago stories from 2015

As we approach the year’s end, we decided to look back at some of our—and your—favorite stories of 2015

The most overused words and phrases of 2015
Things to do

The most overused words and phrases of 2015

As the calendar year comes to a close, we've assembled a list of new additions to the popular lexicon that we could do without

The best street style of 2015
Shopping

The best street style of 2015

There's a certain art to pulling together the perfect music festival look

The most gorgeous food and drink photos of 2015
Restaurants

The most gorgeous food and drink photos of 2015

These 25 photos show off some of the most beautiful things we ate and drank in Chicago this year

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