ChicagoNow's best posts: July, 2013

Judging this months best posts was an absolute honor and privilege.  Not only were there a lot of great posts that blew up and got a ton of readers, but there were so many wonderful posts that deserved a much, much bigger audience than they got. Kudos to all our bloggers for a job well done.

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 July.
- 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.

All that said, here are the 10 best posts of July, 2013:

Quilting! Sewing! Creating! Only a teacher

No Bags to Check: Moving on from the new Rolling Stone cover

Mary Tyler Mom: Coming out of the closet

The Blue Streak: Babies do not belong in movie theaters

Hockey Noob: Eight perils of the public skate

Mom, I Think I'm Poignant! Tony Rezko's 62 acres of land and me

The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny and Pip: Stay-at-home moms: Why you should jump at the chance to hire us

Bon Bini Y'all: Why I won't stand for the Star Spangled Banner

Getting Real: 2012 Cook County Property Taxes: What just happened to Chicago

Chicago Sports Hub: The sports page lives on

Third place: The Amazing, Affordable Adventures of Mama, Bunny and Pip: Stay-at-home moms: Why you should jump at the chance to hire us

WHY: For brilliantly, hilariously, and beautifully making the case for the terrible undervalued skill set women acquire only as a result of wearing kids. Bonus points for it all being true.

Third place: Hockey Noob: Eight perils of the public skate

WHY: I can't even being to convey how much I loved this post. The hilarious categories. The pictures. The mental imagery. Did I mention the pictures? I actually sent this post around to everyone I know who either plays hockey or figure skates. I give this post my highest rating ever - seventeen thumbs up.

Third place: The Blue Streak: Babies DO NOT belong in movie theaters

WHY: Jimmy and I decided this was possibly the world's most perfect blog post, and I still think we were right. It incited a huge debate that was split almost 50/50 down the middle. That's what great blog posts do: Tap into ideas and issues that people feel passionately about.

Second place: Mary Tyler Mom: Coming out of the closet

WHY: One of the many things I love about Sheila is how she is able to share all the ways Donna touches her life on a daily basis. As a result, Donna touches all of us. This was a heartbreaking and beautiful piece, and a reminder that love between a mother and child never ends.

First place: Quilting! Sewing! Creating! Only a teacher

WHY: Maybe I'm biased because my mom and father-in-law are both teachers, but this post needs to posted at the door of every schoolhouse in America. Kathy did an amazing job of taking a negative comment and turning it into a positive post that was widely beloved and circulated by teachers.  A perfect example of how the littlest moments in life can become great posts.

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