Every year, The Chicago Reader puts polls out for The Best Chicago has to offer. There are HUNDREDS of categories, and thousands of Chicago residents and businesses are nominated! They just released the winners of the 2022 Best Of Chicago winners, and over 16 Lakeview East businesses won!


Best infused beverage (drink, drop, syrup, tea): Wake n Bakery

Best Wine Shop: Bottles!up

Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Chicago Diner

Best Doughnuts: do-rite

Best Ice Cream: Jeni’s Ice Creams

Best Record Store: Reckless Records

Best Picture Framing Store: Four Sided

Best Gay Bars: First Place: Berlin, Second Place: Sidetrack, Thrird Place: Roscoe’s Tavern

Best Venue for Dance Music: First Place: Smartbar, Second Place: Berlin

Best LGBTQ+ Dance Party: First Place: queen! Second Place: Strapped

Best Venues to see Drag: First Place: Berlin, Second Place: Roscoe’s Tavern

Best Venue for Improv: The Annoyance Theater

Best Venue for Stand Up: The Laugh Factory

The Chicago reader gave special mentions for Ann Sathers, awarding the restaurants, “Best breakfast spot run by a soon-to-be-former alderperson.”

They also said rock climbing at Movement Gym in Wrigleyville is the Best Workout for Unathletic Queers!

Read the full magazine, and all the award winners here.