ChicagoNow's best posts of February, 2016

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of over 1,000 posts published during the month of February, here are the 10 judged to be the best.

Thanks to everybody who created and submitted posts, and congratulations to the winners!

To go back and read the last nearly four year's 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 February.
- 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:

The Bookaholic Bee: 5 Fantasy Series You Can Read Until George R. R. Martin Releases The Winds of Winter
Cancer Is Not A Gift: Grief and the savagery under the surface
Cheating Death: I'm not the man I used to be
The Chicago Creepout: A Bloody Valentine's Day Weekend of Events
Cubs Den: Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan
Mary Tyler Mom: The Orange Balloon: A Story About Grief and Living
No Wire Hangers, Ever: It's Time We Start to Think of Depression Like the Common Illness That It Is
An Intellectual in the Chicago Suburbs: 88th Academy Awards Snubs Classical Musicians David Lang and Sumi Jo
Out of the Loop: Hollywood and the 'N-word'
Portrait of an Adoption: I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.

And the top five:

First place: Mary Tyler Mom: The Orange Balloon: A Story About Grief and Living
Second place: Cubs Den: Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan
Third place: No Wire Hangers, Ever: It's Time We Start to Think of Depression Like the Common Illness That It Is
Third place: Out of the Loop: Hollywood and the 'N-word'
Third place: Portrait of an Adoption: I Am A Black Woman. And I Need You To Notice.

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