ChicagoNow’s best posts of December, 2013

Thanks to everybody for the plethora of submissions to our monthly "Best Post on ChicagoNow" contest. To go back and read the last 2 1/2 years worth of winners go here and here.

Here are 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 October.
- 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.

Without further ado, this month's top 10 ChicagoNow posts:

A Deeper Look: Season's Greetings
Cheaper Than Therapy: I have friends. Well at least one.
Chicago Weather Watch: 12 Gifts of Winter
Daily Chicago Sports Tab: Chicago Bears: The Josh McCown Myth
In The Loop: A Funeral, An Estrangement & An Iced Tea
Mom, I Think I'm Poignant!: Grocery stores in the South Loop: a good war
Raising World Citizens: Looking out at a sea of familiar faces and realizing you belong
Running With A Book Cart: Now in sign language! Twelve Days of Christmas with Swear Words
Training the Wolf: Racism Pistol Whipped Me In The Face Today
When You Put It That Way: Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy

And the top five:

Third place: A Deeper Look: Season's Greetings
Why: Neil shares a story about a friend who committed suicide, relating it to the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" and another man, a fictional one, who found the will to live. Neil's story is real and it's profoundly sad, but he manages to inject it with a positive message and hope.

Third place: Raising World Citizens: Looking out at a sea of familiar faces and realizing you belong
Why: Maybe it was the holiday season, but here was another terrific post about hope and starting over. Aimee lays out the challenges her entire family faced joining a new community. Beautifully written and a lesson that applies not just to relocating but adapting to anything new.

Third place: Running With A Book Cart: Now in sign language! Twelve Days of Christmas with Swear Words
Why: Finally, no hope or learning. Just an irreverently funny and original video based on another ChicagoNow post. This is what happens when you act on a creative instinct instead of letting it pass.

Second place: When You Put It That Way: Bye Bye Boobies: finding the silver lining of my mastectomy
Why: Teppi is one of the most honest writers on ChicagoNow, and this peek into her life in the immediate aftermath of a double mastectomy is a wonderful illustration. It's hopeful, sad, clinical, funny and doesn't spare the reader from seeing how difficult things can be. There's no glossing over what she went through. 

First place: In The Loop: A Funeral, An Estrangement & An Iced Tea
Why: This is a deeply personal story, beautifully told with great confidence and vulnerability. Even the headline was perfect. That's a remarkable combination and it's why I loved Wendy's post so much.

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