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Readers' Poll Winners
Best ultimate art institution
Best long-running play
Best new play
Best touring play
Best theater company
Best off-loop theater company
Best stage director
Best local actor
Best local actress
Best stand-up
Best sketch/improv Troupe
Best venue for stand-up
Best dance troupe
Best burlesque troupe
Best new gallery
Best gallery exhibit
Best underground art space
Best established visual artist
Best new visual artist
Best photographer
Best street artist
Best public art work
Best public art event
Best advocate for the arts
Best art sale
Best museum exhibit
Best after-hours event at a museum
Best movie theater
Best local film house
Best local film festival
best local filmmaker
Best local author
Best local nonfiction writer
Best new novel by a Chicagoan
Best local poet
Best literary event
Reader Critics' Picks
Best city cultural representative, especially since Lois Weisberg's cavalier dismissal
Best revival of a great lost project
Best Chicago theater that doesn't yet have a regional Tony
Best improvised communal response to tyranny
Best foreign theater program that will do nicely until Chicago gets another international theater festival
Best of dance on a shoestring
Best dance trance space
Best free dance extravaganza
Best comedy variety show
Best artists
Best new art space adjoining a loading dockBest 100-year-old murals
Best use of old styles in new art
Best sidewalk with incised poetry
Best film about Chicago
Best-ever film fantasy of Chicago
Best Hollywood use of a neighborhood pool hall
Best bar in a movie theater
Best local filmmaker
Best repertory programmer
Best new movie theater
Best movie theater that should be reopened
Best place to see creepy and classic movies
Best queer Hasidic novelist
Best book on Harold Washington
Best Chicago writer who also owns a bar
Best book of love letters ever written to a Chicago writer