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Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time to unveil the winners of the 2013 Racked Awards for the city of Chicago! Our champions across seven categories represent the best of local shopping and fashion.
Before we list the names, though, let's go over the rules. For three of the categories, we asked readers to choose between a pre-determined list of nominees. For the rest, we made the decision ourselves after much deliberation. Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for their coveted prize, a mannequin head bearing the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. And now, without further ado, the winners in Chicago. Congratulations to all!
So Hot Right Now
Awarded to the retail entity that has generated the most buzz over the past twelve months.
Nominees: Madewell, Space519, Chuan Spa, FlyWheel Fitness, The Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Winner: The Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Best Men's Store
Nominees: Apartment Number 9, Haberdash, RSVP Gallery, Trunk Club, Zegna
Best New Store
Nominees: Von Z, Atelier Azza, Madewell, Anastasia, Tom Ford, Madewell
Winner: Von Z
EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARDS
Best Beauty Shop
Nominees: Merz Apothecary, Ulta, Ruby Room, Arch Apothecary, Bluemercury
Winner: Arch Apothecary
Best Home Store
Nominees: Jayson Home, Modern Co-Operative, Scout, P.O.S.H., Salvage One
Winer: Jayson Home
Best Local Fashion Event
Nominees: Fashion Focus: Chicago's Fashion Week; Macy's Glamorama; the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's "The Walk"; Columbia College Chicago's Fashion Chicago
Winner: School of the Art Institute of Chicago's "The Walk"
Nominees: Dose, Green City Market, the Randolph Street Market, the Renegade Craft Fair, Fête Chicago