The choices in each ballot category are those nominated most often by voters in an earlier nominating round.
Twenty categories were themselves the top nominees for the nominating category “Best ballot question we should have included but didn’t.” The choices in those categories are the top nominees from a bonus round of nominations.
Voting will run until noon on Wednesday, February 2, and winners will be announced in print and online with the publication of the March 3, 2022 special Best of Chicago 2021 issue.
Once you have registered by providing your email address after clicking “VOTE” on a finalist in a category for the first time, or after you have logged in via the “Already Entered?” link, additional votes will be immediately recorded when you click “VOTE” (or “CHANGE VOTE”) on a finalist in a category.
You can change your votes or vote in additional categories anytime before the polls close by coming back to this ballot and using the same e-mail address you used before. (Find the “Already Entered?” link at the top of the ballot if your e-mail address is not displayed.)
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