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ANNOUNCING: The Winners for The Racked Awards 2012

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MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: Women and children, countrymen and frenemies, ladies and gentlemen, we are now announcing the winners of the 2012 Racked Awards for Chicago.

We've assembled the best players in industries across retail, beauty, shopping and style and grouped them in 12 categories. Half of these categories were reader's choice (up to you), the other half we've deliberated for nearly two months and employed our expert opinion to choose the winner, because after all, Chicago's only source for all-things shopping and retail is Racked Chicago.

These 12 winners work nonstop at providing the best our city has to offer, wether they're brand new or institutions; wether they have a powerhouse agency backing them or they're a mom & pop shop. It's now time to toast and roast these winners, the superheros of retail, starting first with this list of nominees and winners and later tonight with a grand gala tonight in Manhattan, New York City with our sister sites, Racked NY, Racked LA and Racked National. At this evening's grand gala, winners will be awarded a turquoise mannequin head bearing the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. Those winners who could not be in attendance tonight shall have their turbans mailed to them via carrier pigeon.

STORE OF THE YEAR
Nominees:
· Akira
· Blake
· Ikram
· Judy Maxwell
· Perchance
· Sofia
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : Ikram

BIGGEST SHITSHOW
Nominees:
· Block 37
· Bonnie & Clyde's
· Fix
· Mark Shale
Winner: Mark Shale

MOST SOCIAL SCENESTER
Nominees:
· (Tres Awesome) Emma Arnold
· (Bowtie Memoirs) Ryan Beshel
· (Candid Candace) Candace Jordan
· (Cheeky) Jessica Zweig and Erica Bethe Levin
· (Glossed + Found) Graham Kostic
· (The MidWasteland) Monica Dimperio
· (Mugshot Mondays) Lisa Frame
· (NBC) Marcus Riley
· (Rayme Productions) Cece Gonzalez & Melinda Joseph
· (Rockit Ranch) Billy Dec
· (Watch 312) Amanda Puck
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : Candace Jordan

BEST BEAUTY SHOP OR SALON
Nominees:
· Aarons Apothecary
· Arch Apothecary
· Blowtique
· Mario Tricoci
· Merz
Winner: Blowtique

BEST SHOE STORE / SELECTION
Nominees:
· City Soles
· Lori's
· Neiman Marcus
· Saks
· Timberland
· Topshop
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : Timberland

COOLEST STORE SIDEKICK
Nominees:
· Blu from SARCA
· Buddy Lee Tweedie from Roscoe Village Bikes
· Fugi from Rotofugi
· Terence from City Blue and CB
Winner: Buddy Lee Tweedie
Honorable mentions: Iyla from Edith Hart; Tar from Geneva Seal
· The Charitable Buddy Lee Tweedie Fan Club [Roscoe Village Bikes]

BEST ARTERY INTERSECTION FOR SHOPPING
Nominees:
· Armitage at Halsted
· Damen at Division
· Foster at Clark
· Michigan at Chicago
· Rush at Oak
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : Rush at Oak
· Street Fight: Rush vs. Oak [Racked]

STORE THAT WE'RE PEEING OUR PANTS FOR
Nominees:
· APC
· Burberry
· Christian Louboutin
· Lanvin
· Marmot
Winner: Burberry
· Burberry Bonanza 2012 [Racked]

BEST NEW STORE
Nominees:
· BHLDN
· CB
· CityTarget
· Sofia
· Vile & Viliant
· Walgreens at State and Randolph
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : CB

BEST ATMOSPHERE / CREATIVE MERCHANDISING
Nominees:
· Ikram
· Judy Maxwell,
· Martyn George
· Neiman Marcus (this is a joke)
· Ralph Lauren
Winner: Judy Maxwell
· All Judy Maxwell Coverage [Racked]

BEST MENSWEAR STORE
Nominees:
· George Greene
· Haberdash
· Jack Spade
· Sir & Madame
· Suitsupply
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : George Greene

TOP MARKET
Nominees:
· Dose Market
· Pilsen Second Fridays
· Randolph Street Market
· Renegade Craft Fair
· The Vintage Bazaar
· The Vintage Garage
Reader's Choice Winner (post is here) : Dose Market

Want to know who won the coveted Golden Turbans in our other cities?
New York · Los Angeles · National.
· All Racked Awards 2012 Coverage [Racked]

Burberry

633 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Aaron's Apothecary

2338 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 697-8249 Visit Website

Haberdash

607 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Sarca

710 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

BHLDN

8 East Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611 312 573 2573 Visit Website

Cb

622 Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL

Lanvin

116 E Oak Street, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Neiman Marcus

737 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 642-5900 Visit Website

Ikram

15 E Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 587-1000 Visit Website

Blake

212 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

Judy Maxwell

1151 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Mark Shale

900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Visit Website

Rotofugi Gallery

2780 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 773 868 3308 Visit Website