Best Place to Corner an Alderman Who’s Ducking Your Calls 

Between the council chamber and the restrooms

I know this might be a shocker, but some aldermen are incredibly hard to reach. I’ve found that the best way to hunt them down is by showing up at the monthly meetings of the full City Council—and then waiting for them to step off the council floor for a potty break. Council meetings have been known to last up to four hours, and anyone who had a cup of coffee that morning is going to have to hit the john at some point. The restrooms are located just off the lounge behind council chambers, and getting to them requires walking past the press box. So when I spot a particularly elusive alderman headed for the can, I’ll stake out a spot somewhere between the restroom entrance and the door back into council chambers. The alderman can then either talk to me on his or her way back to the floor or mow me over. So far no one’s taken me out.

Critics' Picks

Best Place for a New El Stop

On the Pink Line at Madison and Paulina continue

Best Place to Find Information About Your Local TIF District

Municipal Reference Collection at the Harold Washington Library Center continue

Best Diner for Politician Watching

160 N. LaSalle St. 312-357-2700
Petro’s Restaurant and Bakery continue

Best Place to Corner an Alderman Who’s Ducking Your Calls

Between the council chamber and the restrooms continue

Best T-shirt Spotted on an Adult Picking Up a Child From Kindergarten

"I May Not Be Mr. Right But I'll Fuck You Till He Shows Up." continue

Best Honorary Street

Honorary Sophie Madej Street continue

Best Local Blog

A tie beteen A Chicago Sojourn and One Story Up continue

Best Twitterer

Rick Bayless @Rick_Bayless continue

Previous Winners

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)