Best of Boston 2017

You can count on two things every July: fireworks over the city, and our no-holds-barred guide to Boston’s finest. May the best person (or bar or burger or…) win.

Departments

The Interview: Marty Walsh

He’s seen the Olympics crash, the economy rise, the middle class fade, and GE arrive. Now, Mayor Marty Walsh sits down to talk about why he wants four more years in office. Will you give it to him?

The Shock Candidate

The man who claims to have invented email turned from liberal activist at MIT to right-wing candidate against Elizabeth Warren. But what is he really trying to win?

Fizzle Go the Pops

With sponsors bailing out and CBS signing off, Boston’s most rousing Fourth of July export has fallen off the national stage. After nearly 25 years, does its boy-wonder conductor, once the talk of the town, still have the spark to bring it back to life?

News

Boston Inc.: The Titan of Telecom

American Tower keeps your cell signal strong—and just might be the most important Boston company you’ve never heard of. Here, chairman, president, and CEO Jim Taiclet shares his secrets to networking (the other kind) and the best power lunch in the city.

Gaming the System

In today’s digital age, millennials are shunning scratch tickets like never before. But if the state lottery can’t hook the next generation of gamblers soon, we all lose.

Restaurants

Fashion & Style

Beach Bums

These stretches of sand have all of your shoreline needs covered.

Impulse Buy: Jorts

Forget the skimpy cutoffs you wore on spring break. This season brings mature denim shorts in a variety of lengths and washes.

Home & Property

Health

Feel the Burn

How do Boston’s top chefs resist temptation and manage to stay fit? Here are five inside tips worth stealing.

Arts & Entertainment

The Must List

Our guide to this month’s events, including Romeo and Juliet, the Newport Folk Festival, and more.