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Best of Chicago 2013 » Sports & Recreation

Best Draft Selection 

Kyle Long, Chicago Bears

Runner-Up

  • Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears

Critics' Picks

Best High School Track and Field Announcer in the State

He announces dozens of meets throughout the area and is known for his wisecracks. And the winner is …

Best Female Softball Player in Chicago

The 50-year-old slugging third baseman is entering her fifth decade of play and showing no signs of slowing down. And the winner is …

Best College Football Team That May Have Finally Allowed Its Long-Tormented Fan Base a Collective Exhale

Perpetually the whipping boy in the formidable, old-school Big Ten, they've often lacked the fortitude to hold off the conference's big boys. And the winner is …

Best Display of Hustle to Make You Question Your Own Resolve as a Human Being

Watching him lumber up and down the court—fingers flared out in his peculiar overexaggerated running motion, snarl affixed just below tufts of wilded-out and sweaty curls—doesn't bring to mind elegance. More like guts. And the winner is …

Best Way to Pass Time While Doing Time

3015 N. California
"It takes your mind from your situation. We have nothing else to do in the day room but watch TV." And the winner is …

Best State Park Within the City Limits

12949 S. Avenue O 773-646-3270
It wins by default, since it's the only state park within the city limits. And the winner is …

Best Fall Bike Ride

Go too early, and the leaves won't have turned color yet; too late and they'll already be on the ground. The first time Julia Thiel took the trail just happened to be on a perfectly crisp November day when the yellow and orange leaves seemed to glow in the sunlight. And the winner is …

Best Place to Learn Dancing as a Second Language

It's a gathering about as multiculti as you can imagine. And the winner is …

Best Water Station in the Chicago Marathon

The LGBT running and walking club goes all out for marathoners, treating them not only to water and Gatorade but also to a choreographed stage show. And the winner is …

Best Excuse to Watch People Fall on Their Asses

6601 N. Western Ave. 773-262-6314
Picture a dozen people running around on an ice rink, trying to hit a ball the size of a softball (16-inch, of course) with sticks that sort of resemble brooms without the bristles—and occasionally falling flat as their feet go out from under them. And the winner is …