Chicago is a city that boasts, and this is our contribution. Our half of the city—the South Side—is many things, and in our annual Best Of issue, we haven’t tried to solve the riddle of what makes this place tick so much as expose it. The South Side is made of traditions and contradictions. Like every city, it’s a place of change. Here we’ve collected some of the things that have hung on for longer than expected, and some of the most welcomed new pieces. These are not just buildings and restaurants, these are people and their stories. People you have to go out to find; stories we could never fully capture on a page.