As cities around the world start to emerge from lockdown, we’re taking a moment to look back and thank the Chicagoans who have made our homebound lives bearable over the last two-plus months—from chefs and bartenders to mask makers and sea otters.
Our editors have compiled a list of worthy nominees in the following categories: Food & Drink Heroes, Community Champions, Arts & Entertainment Saviors and Homebound Stars. And now we need your help to determine the winners.
Join us in celebrating the Chicagoans who have helped us feel more connected than ever before—even when we’re stuck at home. Raise a glass to these awe-inspiring nominees!
And the nominees are...
Food & Drink Heroes
Favorite Restaurant Reinvention
Most Wanted Takeout Deal
Rising Virtual Cooking Star
Best Local Mask Maker
All-Star Frontline Feeder
Best Grassroots Support System
Arts & Entertainment Saviors
Best Netflix Alternative
Virtual Cinema with the Music Box
Film Center from your Sofa (Gene Siskel Film Center)
The Neo-Futurist Theater’s “The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral”
Goodman Theatre’s “2666”
Millennium Park concert archives
Must-Watch Live Stream
Coolest Virtual Exhibit
Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago (Museum of Contemporary Art)
El Greco: Ambition and Defiance (Art Institute of Chicago)
Roger Brown Estate, Hyperframe (Kavi Gupta)
Context 2020 (Filter Photo)
The Allure of Matter (Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659)
Most Lovable Quarantine Critter
Yaku the sea otter (Shedd Aquarium)
Ozu the Japanese macaque (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Sasha the leopard cub (Brookfield Zoo)
Wellington the penguin (Shedd Aquarium)
Kashyyyk the African Painted Dog (Brookfield Zoo)
Best Illustration of Life These Days