ChicagoNow's best posts of November, 2012

Baby Sideburns: What NOT to F'ing buy my kids this holiday
Cubs Den: Rebuilding the Cubs
Fluffington Post: 10 best Top Ten numbers of all time
Portrait of an Adoption: We Were Told to Leave Nina in the Playroom, All by Herself, and Depart.
Quark in the Road: My Feet Were Bare and You Gave Me Shoes.
Raising Hell or Raise Them Well: Core Values: Fathers who pass them down
Anything Goes... A news story, a yearbook, a shock
Taking a Second Look: "My God Where Does The Time Go?" Here, Let Me Tell You
Uncommon Sense: Red Fridays - Just Another Patrol
Vociferous Envoy: I Remember Harold

Third place: Vociferous Envoy: I Remember Harold
Why: The post is not just an ode to Harold Washington on the 25th anniversary of his death, it's kind of a memoir of the author's life viewed through the prism of Washington's ascendancy and death.

Second place: Portrait of an Adoption: We Were Told to Leave Nina in the Playroom, All by Herself, and Depart.
Why: This is a post from Carrie Goldman's "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days" series. It stands out among many excellent posts for the story it tells, and for the way the story is told. You don't know how it's going to end, and in this day and age the full story and ending is kind of hard to believe.

First place: Baby Sideburns: What NOT to F'ing buy my kids this holiday
Why: Can 700,000 unique visitors be wrong? Even if this weren't the most widely-read post in the nearly four-year history of ChicagoNow  and even if it hadn't received more nominations than any other blog post since we started this competition, it's simply extraordinarily funny. Not to mention it may have spawned at least one copycat blog post. You be the judge.

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