Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Unlikely Activist

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe has never been afraid to speak his mind. Whether the topic be dangerous field conditions or a new video game, it takes a mere Twitter account to get a direct line into the Vikings punter's head on any given day. We get the impression that Kluwe's coaches would prefer him not to be so outspoken, but we've always appreciated it. In summer 2012, Kluwe was thrust into the marriage debate after writing a wonderfully insulting letter to a Baltimore delegate defending gay marriage. He became the spokesman for marriage equality in Minnesota and played no small part in defeating an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as between only a man and a woman. Now, months after the election is over, Kluwe is still standing up for equality. He's even writing a book on the subject, called Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. And as the NFL's most aggressive straight ally, he's paving the way for America's first openly gay active athlete in a major sport. That's a historical event we can't wait to see.

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Place to Do Something for Free Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Planetarium ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best Make-Out Spot Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Tweeter David Brauer

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Bus Route Route 16

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"