It’s clearer than ever who our community relies on to get us through tough times: grocery stores for fresh food (and a well-earned bottle of wine); restaurants to make certain meals special, even when eaten in quarantine; home improvement experts to help us recover from a storm; health and fitness providers willing to meet you where you are; crisis centers working to fulfill locals’ most basic needs; activists fighting for overdue change; and artists offering escapism and trying to make sense of it all.
The third-annual Best of the CRANDIC awards recognize Little Village readers’ favorite businesses, organizations, people and destinations, from the steadfast to the new and innovative. Browse the results of the survey — held Aug. 1-Sept. 30, 2020 — including winners, runners-up, interviews, photos and reader comments.
Also in this issue: A tribute to Iowa City icon and acclaimed sound engineer John Hopkins, who died on Nov. 21. Plus: Local album and book reviews, and the last events calendar of 2020.