ChicagoNow's Best Posts of February, 2012

Seems I say this every month but February was exceptional. It pains me to leave out so many great nominees but this isn't Little League, not everyone gets to go home with a trophy.

Hope you enjoy these excellent posts from these wonderful bloggers, and if you do please make their blogs a part of your reading habit.

Barefoot in the Burbs: Killing Yourself Over a Disability
The B.U.G. (Bronzeville Urban Green): Who Shot That Child: The Sound Heard Round the World
Going for Gusto: A grandmother's love: Like milk for hot chocolate
Hello Hyde Park: Hyde Park Grocery Stores: A Comparison
The Jam Room: The Voice offers American opportunities, not idols
Midwestern Muslim: Of Santorum, Islam, and the "God of Abraham"
Plight of the Suburbanite: How Do You Support A Friend When There Is No Quick Fix?
Portrait of an Adoption: Top Ten Ways I Was a Perfect Mom Until I Had Kids
So You Have A Girlfriend: 14 Nice Things You Can Do and NOT Celebrate Valentine's Day
The Windy City YR: Name the Chicago Street Gangs

Third place: The Windy City YR: Name the Chicago Street Gangs
Why: You can just sense the outrage throughout this post but not once does it go over the top. The quiet listing of each street gang's name to start and the end post powerfully drives home the very important point the blogger is trying to make.

Second place: Hello Hyde Park: Hyde Park Grocery Stores: A Comparison
Why: I was blown away by the amount of work that went into this post, not to mention how useful the information is for the residents of this neighborhood. Not every great blog post needs to have a strong opinion or rest on being clever. In this case, being incredibly useful and an asset to the community was more than enough to set it apart.

First place: Going for Gusto: A grandmother's love: Like milk for hot chocolate
Why: A beautiful story, impeccably told. It wasn't just a story about a grandmother's love but about how relationships with your loved ones can be messy when you least expect it. And for those wondering when presentation can make a difference, it did right here. An appropriate image up top, and then the post is wisely separated when the story changes tone or time.

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  • This list is skewed since I didn't enter a post.

  • Hey, thanks Jimmy! :-)

  • I see that sweatin' paid off, Jimmy! I do admire you for taking on this task!

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