The Curbed Cup, Curbed Chicago's annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, is kicking off with 16 'hoods, which will square off in a series of one-on-one matchups. Voting for each matchup will close in the wee hours of the following day. We'll showcase two first round contests per day through the week with results reviewed on Friday. Let the eliminations begin!
In what promises to be a tight contest (a first round trend this year), the picturesque neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and Andersonville are asking for your vote. Lincoln Square was edged by West Lakeview (Roscoe Village) in last year's semis. There's riverfront improvements on the way in the eastern section of the 'hood; the new Old Town School of Folk Music (and its Roots fest) is a big cultural draw; and the DANK Haus got a facelift. And if you like sausage, the debate is over.
Andersonville isn't a big news nabe. Most of its residents are too deep in a food coma to care. What makes it a perennial favorite is the vitality of the Clark Street scene— one of few booming commercial strips over the course of the recession. As for development happenings, the Andersonville Guest House expansion plans take top billing. But let's leave it to the sage words of Andersonville's nominator: "Gays, Lesbians, and Swedes, oh my! Oh, and Marty's Martini Bar which was ranked by the Huff Post as the best martini in the city. Need I say more?"
·Curbed Cup 2012