What is it about Ann Arbor? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why we love it. Blame it on the colorful residents, the intellectual buzz about the streets or the magical, streetlight-soaked feeling you get after a night on the town: There’s no denying this is a great city. This year’s issue features some of the new and some of the classic — our very favorite spots to chow down, drink up and hang out. Use it as your guide, as well as an ode, to the brightest spots of 2016.
— Melina Glusac, Caroline Filips, Benjamin Rosenstock and Jacob Rich, Senior Arts Editors