Tuesday, January 1, 2013
What was your favorite book and song this year?
The New York Times has 20 lists of best sellers ranging from nonfiction, fiction, hard cover fiction, e-book fiction, e-book nonfiction--even Manga, Japanese comic books. But nothing gives the pulse of America like Amazon’s top selling list of 2012. This year is the year of erotic literature, according to Amazon’s list. Here are the top 8 best selling books on Amazon: 1. Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, E.L. James 2. Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, E. L. James 3. Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, E. L. James 4. The Hunger Games (Book 1), Suzanne Collins 5. StrengthsFinder 20.9, Tom Rath 6. Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty …
Friday, March 23, 2012
We asked for your opinions in our weekly Readers' Choice series.
Evanston Patch readers voted School for Little Children, 1427 Chicago Ave., as the best preschool in Evanston in this week’s installment of our Reader’s Choice series. Rankings were determined based on a combination of total votes and reviews in our business directory, and though St. Joan of Arc Church had the highest percentage of the votes (31 percent), School for Little Children won the Reader’s Choice with both strong poll numbers (27 percent) and several glowing reviews. St. Joan of Arc Church did secure a second place finish, however, and Puerta Abierta Preschool took third place. All three preschools received public acclaim. Reader Susie Pratt gave School for Little Children a 5-star review: “Kids are nurtured and supported by a …
Monday, March 19, 2012
You've got only one day left to vote for your favorite. Help inform your neighbors by weighing in on this week's Readers' Choice question.
When it comes to choosing who to care for and teach your little ones, you want to know that they're in good hands. That's why we're asking readers to share your opinions on Evanston's preschools in this week's Readers' Choice article so that anyone looking for a school can read what those of you with experience have to say. Please vote in the poll below, and even better, leave a review in our business directory of your favorite spots so that other parents can benefit from your wisdom when they're searching the site in the future. Here are this week's nominees: The Barbereux School 3333 Culver St. Beth Emet Synagogue 1224 Dempster St. Cherry Preschool 1418 Lake St. Chiaravalle Montessori School 425 Dempster St Child Care Center of Evanston …
Friday, March 16, 2012
We asked for your opinions in our weekly Readers' Choice series.
Readers voted the Celtic Knot as the best place in Evanston to celebrate St. Patrick's day in this week's installment of our Readers' Choice series. Celtic Knot got 40 percent of the vote, beating out Tommy Nevin's and Koi, which tied for second place with 24 percent each. Reader Ron Mills added his support of Celtic Knot in the story's comment section: "Are not the window seats at the Celtic Knot the best seats in town to enjoy a few pints and grub?" Next week we'll be asking you to let us know what you think is Evanston's best preschool.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Vote for your favorite in our weekly Readers' Choice series where we ask you to share your Evanston wisdom with fellow readers.
Are you a fan of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but happy to steer clear of Chicago's full-on revelry complete with green dye? If so, we want to know what your favorite place is in Evanston to mark the day. This is the latest question in our weekly Readers' Choice series where we ask you to tell us about your favorite spots in town. Please vote in the poll below. We also heavily weight your comments, and even more importantly, your reviews in our business directory. That way, when people are searching for information later on, they'll be able to use your wisdom and opinions to form their own. Here are this week's nominees. If we're forgotten anyone, let us know in the comments: Bar Louie 1520 Sherman Ave. Bat 17 1709 Benson Ave. The …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Patch readers felt strongly about their favorite place to pick up a book and left lots of great comments and reviews.
In a come-from-behind victory, Patch readers named Market Fresh Books their favorite bookstore in Evanston. We asked people to vote, leave comments and write reviews in our business directory, and Market Fresh Books was the clear winner with 61 percent of the vote. In a last-minute surge, Chicago Rare Book Center beat out Squeezebox Books for second place, getting 12 and 11 percent of the vote respectively. All three stores got lots of praise from fans. Reader Liz Stitely left this 5-star review for Market Fresh: "Great location - I love to buy books there AND sell them. This is a gem of a bookstore." Anna Fillmore added her thoughts along with another 5-star rating: "A wide selection of titles, lots of current stuff. A very creative …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
So far Squeezebox Books is in the lead. Have you cast your vote yet in our weekly Readers' Choice series?
Monday, March 5, 2012
That's this week's question in our weekly Readers' Choice series.
Evanston is an ideal city for avid readers. In the Amazon era, there are still an abundance of new and used book stores in town where you can pick up your next great read. We want to hear about your favorite shops. Please vote in the poll below, and better yet, click through on the store's name so you can leave a review in Evanston Patch's extensive business directory. That way, the next time your neighbors are looking for advice on where to shop, they'll be able to read your recommendations. Here are this week's contenders: Adler's Foreign Books 915 Foster St. Amaranth Books 828 Davis St. Barnes & Noble Booksellers 1630 Sherman Ave. Beck's Book Store 716 Clark St. Book Den 1043 Chicago Ave. Chicago Rare Book Center 703 Washington St. …
Friday, March 2, 2012
We've tallied the votes in our inaugural Best of Patch Readers' Choice Award.
The Whole Foods at 1111 Chicago Ave. has been voted as Evanston's best grocery store in our first Best of Patch Readers' Choice poll. The store got 40 percent of the vote, with the Whole Foods at 1640 Chicago coming in second with 22 percent of the vote. We'll be running the polls every Monday through Friday so that you can help advise your neighbors on the best places to check out in town — and hopefully learn something new yourself. It's also an opportunity for people to leave reviews in our extensive business directory. And no need to wait for a poll to leave a rant or rave in there. If you've got something to say about a local business, please look it up in the directory and let fellow readers know what you think. Next week's Best of …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Who has the best grocery store in town?
The much hailed arrival of Trader Joe's in Evanston is still a year away. In the meantime, we want to know what your favorite grocery store is in town. This is the first contest in our Best of Patch series. Each week we'll ask you to vote for your favorite Evanston something. This week, we're focusing only on full-service grocery stores. No offense meant to the little guys, maybe we'll have a specialty food store contest later. And we're open to suggestions — if there's a Best of you want to see, let us know. Here are this week's contenders. In addition to voting for them in the poll below, you can click on their names to leave a review in our extensive business directory. Dominick's Finer Foods: 1910 Dempster St. Dominick's Finer Foods: …