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Chicago Reader Best of Chicago 2008

Best Kept Secret

We received hundreds of entries in this category, most with one vote each—including a few predictable knee-slappers like “Wait . . . are you tryin’ to ask me where I buy my weed?!” and “I have a little dick.” We’ve culled the ones we found most intriguing; some are genuinely hot tips, some seem worth exploring, all seemed worth passing on.

The $2-a-day parking lot at the Howard el station

Tadao Ando’s Asian gallery at the Art Institute

The back stairwell at the Double Door

The Bloomingdale Trail

The bridge rooms at Ashland and Webster

Burton Place between LaSalle and Wells

Alfred Caldwell’s lily pond in Lincoln Park

The Chicago Photography Center

The Chicago School of Woodworking

Free museum passes at the library

The Game Show Show

Groveland Park

The Japanese Tea House on Wooded Island in Jackson Park

The Lake Michigan water crib restaurant

The lilac bushes at Rosehill cemetetry

Lower Wacker Drive

Merit School of Music

Miss Foozie

North Park Village Nature Center

The pedway

Ping Tom Park

The produce department at HarvesTime on Lawrence

Portage Park

Ravenswood Manor

The restroom in Grant Park North garage

The Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern

Sports Action Team

SRO tickets to Wrigley on weekdays

Sub sandwiches at Bari

Theatre Building composer Karena Mendoza

The Ville

The Villa

West Walker

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