Ravenswood Businesses Win Big in the 2022 “Best of Chicago Awards”

The Chicago Reader’s “Best Of Chicago” awards were just announced and Ravenswood stole the show! Our local elected officials got some love from voters and so did the Ravenswood Community Council’s mural project, For My Neighbors With Love by Ponnopozz. Malt Row businesses dominated their categories, racking up wins for Best Local Beer, Beer Garden, Brewer, Distillery, Cocktail, and more.

Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce members nabbed tops spots across the board in a variety of categories. We’re proud have so many of Chicago best small businesses as a part of our organization and our community! Check out our recap of all the winners below.

Chicago Reader Best of Chicago 2022


Best Alderperson
#1 – Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward
#2 – Matt Martin, 47th Ward

Best Blog
#2 – CHIRP Radio Music Blog

Best Chicago Instagram Account to Follow
# 1 – @mindchicago

Best Elected Official in Chicago
#2 – Ald. Vasquez, 40th Ward
#3 – Ald. Martin, 47th Ward

Best Language Instruction
#1 – DANK Haus German American Cultural Center


Best Beer Garden
#2 – Half Acre

Best Cocktail
#2 – KOVAL Distillery

Best Gluten-Free Pizza
#1 – Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

Best Local Beer
#1 – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale by Half Acre
#3 – Vienna Lager by Dovetail

Best Local Brewer
#1 – Half Acre

Best Local Distillery
#1 – KOVAL Distillery

Best Local Spirit
#2 – KOVAL Cranberry Gin Liqueur

Best Pizza
#2 – Spacca Napoli Pizzeria


Best Home Furnishings
#1 – District

Best Pet Store
#1 – Urban Pooch

Best Low-Key Place to Impress a Dog
#1 – Bosly’s Backyard

Best Place to Buy Women’s Clothing
#2 – Hazel

Best Place to Buy Local Wares
#2 – Neighborly

Best Veterinarian
#1 – BLVD Vet
#2 – Ravenswood Animal Hospital

Best Vintage Store
#3 – District


Best Neighborhood Park
#2 – Winnemac Park
#3 – Horner Park


Best Mural
#1 – For My Neighbors With Love by Ponnopozz, Ravenswood & Berteau

Best Movie Theater
#3 – The Davis

Best Movie Theater Bar
#2 – Carbon Arc Bar at Davis Theater


Best Classical Music Event
#2 – Thirsty Ears Festival

For the complete Reader Best of Chicago 2022 issue, click here.

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Gene Wagendorf III

Associate Director, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce | View Bio

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