ChicagoNow's best posts of June, 2013

There were dozens of tremendous posts to choose from in June, thanks to everybody who submitted on behalf of yourself and behalf of your fellow bloggers. But as always we had to make some choices, so here are the top 10 posts by ChicagoNow bloggers last month, in alphabetical order:

The Rules
- Bloggers may submit up to two posts: One of their own posts / One from any other ChicagoNow blog.
- The post must have been published during the month of June.
- We look at the quality of content, quality of writing, overall creativity, quality of headline and presentation.
- We don't consider how much traffic a post has received, reader comments, responses to reader comments or the number of Facebook "likes" or times a post is sent out on Twitter.

Chicago Garden: Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens

Chicago Tough: Blackhawks Triple Overtime Game Results in 17 Breakups

Getting Real: Murder In Chicago: Which Neighborhoods Are Dangerous?

High Gloss and Sauce: Sometimes the beauty of life is the sad kind

Janet Dahl, et al: 18 Years from the Last Shot and a Beer

Portrait of an Adoption: What Would Have Happened to Me if You Didn’t Adopt Me?

Red & Company: To all husbands: 8 simple ways to get into your wife’s pants

Soul to Soul Perspective: Baseball, A Broken Wrist, and 10 Things to Consider

Token Female: Reflections on A First 'Father's Day' Without Father

The Vociferous Envoy: The Life & Legacy of Medgar Evers


Third place
: Chicago Tough: Blackhawks Triple Overtime Game Results in 17 Breakups
Why: Part of the reason I love this post is that it was published at 1:45 a.m., a couple hours after Game 6 ended. Beyond that, it was just really funny and captured what was surely going on in households all over Chicago. Possibly including mine.

Third place: High Gloss and Sauce: Sometimes the beauty of life is the sad kind
Why: Jenna is a fearless writer, we've seen that before. It took a lot of courage to write this post at an incredibly sad and emotional time and I'm thankful she did for how beautiful it was and because I suspect it helped her through the grieving process.

Third place: The Vociferous Envoy: The Life & Legacy of Medgar Evers
Why: This was a timely and eloquent homage to a man who helped change the world. It was good to be reminded of the anniversary of his death and learn a bit more about his life and how Medgar Evers' name lives on.

Second place: Token Female: Reflections on A First 'Father's Day' Without Father
Why: I really feel like I got to know Alison's dad and how she was raised from this post. This was more than just a beautiful Father's Day tribute, it felt cathartic and an exploration of the father-daughter relationship that can be very complex. Wonderful job.

First place: Chicago Garden: Fighting Chicago's Gang Problem with Gardens
Why: I'm so grateful that Ramon is still writing on his ChicagoNow blog over four years since we launched this site, and you'll see why when when you read this post. He tells his story of giving away plants in a neighborhood beset with gang violence using words, Twitter, images and a Vine. This is such a great use of the medium and a very hopeful, beautiful post.

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