12/26/2012 04:03 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2012

Best Chicago Parties & Nightspots Of 2012: Where We Got Down, Good Lord (PHOTOS)

With 2012 nearing its conclusion, HuffPost Chicago reached out to some of city's most prolific trendsetters and thought leaders in style, music and culture and asked them to share some of their favorite local places and things from the year. We'll be rolling them out on the daily through New Year's Day.

Kicking off the series, we asked Justin Barbin, fashion and event photographer and our very own resident street style blogger, to share his picks for the year's most happening parties and nightspots in the Windy City.

Below are his top 10 picks -- ranging from high-profile retail openings to all-night ragers -- as documented through his lens.

Best Chicago Parties & Nightspots Of 2012