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Best of 2017: Arts & Entertainment

Posted By Anna Carlson On June 28, 2017 @ 6:30 am In Entertainment,OUTINGS & TRAVEL,THEATER | No Comments

For the seventh year, our readers have voted for their favorite Chicago-area businesses in 11 categories. But before that, for the first time ever, we asked you to send us your nominations before voting began. We received more than 6,700 nominations!

Now that the votes have been tallied, it’s time to announce our Best of 2017 winners. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2017.

Best Live Music Venue (Suburbs)

Ravinia [1]

Ravinia is North America’s oldest music festival, and a must-visit site every summer.

Live Music Venue (Chicago)

Grant Park [2]

This beautiful park hosts The Grant Park Music Festival [3] and Lollapalooza.

Best Music Festival

Lollapalooza [4]

This summer, Lolla will welcome Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper [5], Lorde [6] and Blink-182 [7], among other musical acts.

Best Music Outing

Chicago Symphony Orchestra [8]

This Grammy Award-winning orchestra performs at both the Symphony Center downtown and fellow Best of 2017 winner Ravinia.

Best Dance Company

Joffrey Ballet [9]

Some of the best ballet in the world can be found here in Chicago (and we can’t wait for “The Nutcracker [10]” to return this holiday season!).

Best Dance Venue

Auditorium Theatre [11]

This theatre is not only home to Joffrey Ballet, but will also host Dance for Life [12] on Aug. 19 and A Golden Celebration of Dance [13] on Nov. 12.

Best Museum (Suburbs)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center [14]

The mission of this museum is to “Remember the Past, Transform the Future.”

Best Museum (Chicago) | Best Place to Go on a Rainy Day

The Art Institute of Chicago [15]

An annual reader favorite, there is always something to see or do at this world-renowned museum.

Best Museum (Small)

National Museum of Mexican Art [16]

Built in the heart of Pilsen, this museum features one of the largest collections of Mexican art in the U.S.

Best Museum (Kids)

Kohl Children’s Museum [17]

Let your child’s imagination soar at this museum, which welcomes approximately 330,000 people every year.

Best Place to Go on a Sunny Day

Chicago Botanic Garden [18]

Best of 2017, Arts & Entertainment: Chicago Botanic Garden [18]

When the weather is right, there’s no better place to be on the North Shore than at Chicago Botanic Garden.

Best Live Theater (Suburbs)

Writers Theatre [19]

Best of 2017, Arts & Entertainment: Writers Theatre [19]

The Wall Street Journal called Writers “America’s No.1 theatre company,” and our readers agree.

Best Live Theater (Chicago)

Broadway in Chicago [20]

Chicago is always treated to the best Broadway shows (see: “Hamilton [21]”) thanks to this group.

Best Children’s Theater

Chicago Children’s Theatre [22]

This company has been wowing kids and families since 2005.

Best Comedy Venue

Second City [23]

This comedy club and theater is second to none.

Best Art Gallery

Anne Loucks Gallery [24]

You don’t have to travel far to see some of the best in contemporary American art.

Best Family Outing

Lincoln Park Zoo [25]

Best of 2017, Arts & Entertainment: Lincoln Park Zoo [25]

Spend a leisurely day exploring this free zoo, or take advantage of one of the many family programs available.

Best Chicago Sports Experience (Women’s Team)

Chicago Sky [26]

Don’t miss any of the action at Allstate Arena this summer.

Best Chicago Sports Experience (Men’s Team)

Chicago Cubs [27]

Our readers love cheering on the 2016 World Series Champion (!) Cubs at Wrigley Field.

 

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Anna-Carlson

Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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URLs in this post:

[1] Ravinia : https://www.ravinia.org/

[2] Grant Park : http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/grant-park/

[3] The Grant Park Music Festival: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/

[4] Lollapalooza: https://www.lollapalooza.com/lineup/

[5] Chance the Rapper: http://chanceraps.com/

[6] Lorde: https://lorde.co.nz/

[7] Blink-182: http://www.blink182.com/

[8] Chicago Symphony Orchestra: https://cso.org/

[9] Joffrey Ballet: http://www.joffrey.org/

[10] The Nutcracker: http://joffrey.org/nutcracker

[11] Auditorium Theatre : http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/

[12] Dance for Life: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/dance-for-life-2017/

[13] A Golden Celebration of Dance: http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/golden-celebration/

[14] Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center : https://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/

[15] The Art Institute of Chicago : http://www.artic.edu/

[16] National Museum of Mexican Art : http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/

[17] Kohl Children’s Museum : http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/

[18] Chicago Botanic Garden: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/

[19] Writers Theatre: http://www.writerstheatre.org/

[20] Broadway in Chicago : http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/

[21] Hamilton: http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/show/hamilton-an-american-musical/

[22] Chicago Children’s Theatre : http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/

[23] Second City : http://www.secondcity.com/

[24] Anne Loucks Gallery : http://loucksgallery.com/

[25] Lincoln Park Zoo: http://www.lpzoo.org/

[26] Chicago Sky : http://sky.wnba.com/

[27] Chicago Cubs: https://www.mlb.com/cubs

[28] 5 Ravinia Acts You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/5-ravinia-acts-shouldnt-miss-summer/

[29] Peer-to-Peer Boating: How to Hit the Water By Boat Without Ever Buying One: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/peer-to-peer-boating-hit-water-boat-without-buying-one/

[30] Local Best-Selling Author Releases New Suspense Thriller, Plus Shares Her Top 5 Favorite Thrillers: http://makeitbetter.net/entertainment/local-best-selling-author-releases-new-suspense-thriller-plus-shares-top-5-favorite-thrillers/

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