2018 Best of the West

DINING

Best Steak

Best: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook and Rosemont

2nd: Morton’s The Steakhouse in Naperville, Rosemont and Schaumburg

3rd: FoxFire Restaurant in Geneva

Other Favorites: Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse in Downers Grove; Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard and Rosemont; Michael Jordan’s in Oak Brook; Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook; Ruth’s Chris Steak House in South Barrington; Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville; and Wildfire in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

Best Seafood

Best: Parker’s Restaurant & Bar in Downers Grove

2nd: Chinn’s 34th Street Fishery in Lisle

3rd: Reel Club in Oak Brook

Other Favorites: Catch 35 in Naperville; Kona Grill in Oak Brook; Pappadeaux in Westmont; and Seasons 52 in Oak Brook

Best New Restaurant

Best: Sixty Four – A Wine Bar in Naperville

2nd: Maize + Mash in Glen Ellyn

3rd: Livia in Elmhurst

Other Favorites: Hampton Social in Burr Ridge; Next Whiskey Bar in Lisle; 3 Corners Grill & Tap in Downers Grove; and Wild Onion Tied House in Oak Park

Best Romantic Restaurant

Best: Atwater’s at The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

2nd: Niche Restaurant in Geneva

3rd: Ivy in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Adelle’s Fine American Restaurant in Wheaton; Fiora’s in Geneva; Hemmingway’s Bistro in Oak Park; and Patton House in Geneva

Best Restaurant If Money Is No Object

Best: Atwater’s at The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

2nd: The Capital Grille in Lombard and Rosemont

3rd: Niche in Geneva

Other Favorites: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook and Rosemont; Méson Sabika in Naperville; Ruth’s Chris Steak House in South Barrington; and Vie in Western Springs

Best Outdoor Dining

Best: Maya Del Sol in Oak Park

2nd: Fiora’s in Geneva

3rd: TIE: Fuller House in Hinsdale; and Ivy in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Adelle’s Fine American Restaurant in Wheaton; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook; and Meson Sabika in Naperville

Best Italian Restaurant

Best: Capri in Burr Ridge

2nd: Maggiano’s in Naperville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: Villa Verone in Geneva

Other Favorites: Clara’s in Woodridge; Gaetano’s in Batavia and Forest Park; Gia Mia in Geneva and Wheaton; Gatto’s in Downers Grove; Il Vicolo Trattoria in Oak Park; Francesca’s in multiple locations; and Tuscany in Oak Brook

Best French Restaurant

Best: Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook

2nd: Suzette’s Creperie in Wheaton

3rd: Lea French Street Food in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Hemingway’s Bistro in Oak Park; Tallgrass in Lockport; and Vie in Western Springs

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Best Mexican Restaurant

Best: Bien Trucha in Geneva

2nd: A Toda Madre in Glen Ellyn

3rd: Maya del Sol in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Altiro Latin Fusion in Geneva and Oak Park; Mia’s Cantina in Downers Grove; New Rebozo in Oak Park; Pepe’s in multiple locations; Uncle Julio’s Mexican in Lombard, Naperville and Schaumburg; and Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine in Lisle

Best Sushi

Best: Sen Sushi Bar in Oak Park

2nd: Sushi House in multiple locations

3rd: Chef Soon Contemporary Sushi in Woodridge

Other Favorites: Hokkai in Glen Ellyn; Kona Grill in Oak Brook; Kyoto in Downers Grove; Nabuki in Hinsdale; Mr. Samurai Steak & Sushi in St. Charles; and Sushi Ukai in La Grange

Best Asian Restaurant

Best: Wild Ginger Sushi & Asian Cuisine in Hinsdale

2nd: Gen Hoe in Geneva

3rd: TIE: Bangkok Restaurant in Geneva; and Double Dragon Chinese & Japanese Cuisine in Lombard

Other Favorites: Big Bowl in Schaumburg; P.F. Chang’s in Lombard; Shakou in St. Charles; and Thipi Thai in Glen Ellyn and La Grange

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Best Middle Eastern Food

Best: Naf Naf Grill in Aurora, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace and Rosemont

2nd: Jerusalem Café in Lombard and Oak Park

3rd: TIE: Grape Leaves in Oak Park; and Pinched Mediterranean Grill in Lombard

Best Irish Pub

Best: Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora and Downers Grove

2nd: McNally’s Irish Pub in St. Charles

3rd: Claddagh Irish Pub in Geneva

Other Favorites: Muldoon’s in Wheaton; O’Sullivan’s Public House in Forest Park; and Quigley’s Irish Pub in Naperville

Best Wine Bar

Best: Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Burr Ridge, Naperville, Oak Park, South Barrington and St. Charles

2nd: D.O.C. Wine Bar in Lombard

3rd: Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room in Geneva

Other Favorites: Cellar Door in Downers Grove; Preservation in Geneva; and Sixty Four – A Wine Bar in Naperville

Best Microbrewery/Brewpub

Best: Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove

2nd: Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville

3rd: Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva

Other Favorites: Emmett’s Brewing Company in Downers Grove; Granite City Food & Brewery in Naperville;  Kinslahger Brewing Company in Oak Park; and Stockholm’s in Geneva

Best Margaritas

Best: Uncle Julio’s Mexican in Lombard, Naperville and Schaumburg

2nd: Bien Trucha in Geneva

3rd: Maya del Sol in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Barbakoa in Downers Grove; New Rebozo in Oak Park; Mia’s Cantina in Downers Grove; and Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine in Lisle

Best Sunday Brunch

Best: Allgauer’s at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville

2nd: Drury Lane in Oak Brook

3rd: Red Oak Room at Cantigny

Other Favorites: Egg Harbor Café in multiple locations

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Best Place For Breakfast

Best: Egg Harbor Café in multiple locations

2nd: Blueberry Hill Breakfast Café in multiple locations

3rd: Geneva Diner in Geneva

Other Favorites: Blackberry Market in Glen Ellyn; Buttermilk in Geneva; Delia’s Kitchen in Oak Park; Honey-Jam Café in Bolingbrook and Downers Grove; Jam ‘n Jelly Cafe in Darien, Lemont and Woodridge; and Juicy-O in Downers Grove, Naperville and Willowbrook

Best Barbecue

Best: Q BBQ in La Grange, Naperville and Oak Park

2nd: Steamboat BBQ in Wheaton

3rd: Uncle Bub’s BBQ in Westmont

Other Favorites: Nobel House in Geneva; The Patio in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Darien and Lombard; and Real Urban Barbecue in Oak Brook

Best Pizza

Best: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in multiple locations

2nd: Aurelio’s Pizza in multiple locations

3rd: Giordano’s Pizzeria in multiple locations

Other Favorites: Angelo’s Pizza in Downers Grove; Brick’s Wood Fired Pizza in multiple locations; Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery in St. Charles; Di Nico’s Pizza in Berwyn and La Grange; LaBarra in Lombard and RIverside;Papa’s Pizza Place in Bolingbrook and Woodridge; and Rosati’s Pizza in multiple locations

Best Burger

Best: The Burger Local in Geneva

2nd: Fuller House in Hinsdale

3rd: Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Country House in Clarendon Hills, Geneva and Lisle; DMK Burger Bar in Lombard and Oak Brook; Five Guys in multiple locations; Stockholm’s in Geneva; and The Burger Social in Wheaton

Best Hot Dog

Best: Portillo’s in multiple locations

2nd: Happy Dog in West Chicago

3rd: Gene & Jude’s in River Grove

Other Favorites: Big Guy’s Sausage Stand in Berwyn; Dips & Dogs in Hinsdale; Doggie Diner in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Woodridge; Flip’s in Glen Ellyn; and Maxwell’s Hotdogs in West Dundee

Best Place For Vegetarian And/Or Healthy Fare

Best: Munch in Oak Park

2nd: Seasons 52 in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: Grape Leaves Restaurant in Oak Park

Best Ice Cream Or Dessert

Best: Oberweis in multiple locations

2nd: Graham’s Fine Chocolate & Ice Cream in Geneva and Wheaton

3rd: Kimmer’s Ice Cream in St. Charles and Wheaton

Other Favorites: Andy’s Frozen Custard in Bolingbrook; The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor in Forest Park; Colonial Cafe in multiple locations; and Every Day’s a Sundae in Downers Grove

Best Donuts

Best: Dunkin’ Donuts in multiple locations

2nd: Stan’s Donuts in Oak Brook

3rd: Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery in Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Firecakes Donuts in Oak Park; and Kirschbaum’s Bakery in Western Springs

Best Deli/Sandwich Shop

Best: Jason’s Deli in Naperville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg

2nd: Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli in Geneva

3rd: TIE: Berto’s Deli & Pasta Shop in Downers Grove and Frankie’s Deli in Lombard

Other Favorites: Angelo’s Foods in Downers Grove; Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli in Carol Stream and West Chicago; Deane’s Market & Deli in Geneva; Jimmy John’s in multiple locations; and Schmaltz Deli in Naperville

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Best Coffeehouse

Best: Graham’s 318 Coffee House in Geneva

2nd: Café La Fortuna in Hinsdale and Willowbrook

3rd: Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles

Other Favorites: Addis Cafe in Oak Park; Brewed Awakening Café in Westmont; Buzz Cafe in Oak Park; Counter Coffee in Forest Park; My Half of the Sky in Wheaton; and River City Roasters in Wheaton

Best Tea Room/Tea House

Best: Pinecone Cottage in Downers Grove

2nd: The Little Traveler in Geneva

3rd: Culinary Teas in Downers Grove

Other Favorites: All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva; Drake Hotel in Oak Brook; Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom in Oswego; and Townhouse Books Café in St. Charles

Best Cheap Eats

Best: Nando’s Peri Peri in Naperville, Oak Brook and Oak Park

2nd: Culver’s in multiple locations

3rd: TIE: McAlister’s Deli in Bloomingdale, Elgin, Geneva and Naperville; and Portillo’s in multiple locations

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Best: 2Toots Train Whistle Grill in Bartlett, Glen Ellyn and Naperville

2nd: Red Robin in multiple locations

3rd: The Junction Diner in Forest Park

Other Favorites: Chuck E. Cheese’s in multiple locations; and Gatto’s In Downers Grove

Best Fish Fry

Best: Little Owl in Geneva

2nd: Village Tavern & Grill in Carol Stream

3rd: Towne Tap in Warrenville  Other Favorites: Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge in Bolingbrook; and Wheatstack in Lisle

Best Neighborhood Bar Or Pub

Best: Fuller House in Hinsdale

2nd: Bar Louie in multiple locations

3rd: TIE: Poor Phil’s Bar & Grill in Oak Park and Stockholm’s in Geneva

Other Favorites: Hamburger Mary’s in Oak Park; Hillgrove Tap in Western Springs; Nobel House in Geneva; and York Tavern in Oak Brook

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Favorite TV Show

Best: This Is Us

2nd: Stranger Things

3rd: The Crown

Other Favorites: Schitt’s Creek, Shameless, Blue Bloods, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, Chicago Fire, Game of Thrones and Will & Grace

Best Festival Or Fair

Best: Swedish Days in Geneva

2nd: Ribfest in Naperville

3rd: Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Eyes to the Skies in Lisle; Festival of the Vine in Geneva; and Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles

Best Place For Live Music

Best: Arcada Theatre in St. Charles

2nd: EvenFlow in Geneva 3rd: TIE: McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn; and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Other Favorites: FitzGerald’s in Berwyn; Morton Arboretum in Lisle; RiverEdge Park in Aurora; and Wire in Berwyn

Best Farmer’s Market

Best: Wheaton French Market

2nd: Oak Park Farmer’s Market

3rd: TIE: Downers Grove Farmers Market; and Geneva French Market

Other Favorites: Batavia, Hinsdale and Naperville

Best Area Museum

Best: Cantigny Park in Wheaton

2nd: DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville

3rd: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park

Best Movie Theater

Best: Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove

2nd: AMC Yorktown in Lombard

3rd: Lake Theatre in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge; The Glen in Glen Ellyn; Hollywood Palms in Naperville; iPic in Bolingbrook; Ogden 6 in Naperville; Marcus Theatres in Addison; Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville; and Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton

Best Movie In Past Year

Best: Ladybird

2nd: TIE: Star Wars: The Last Jedi; and Wonder

3rd: Baby Driver

Other Favorites: The Big Sick; The Darkest Hour; and Wonder Woman

Best Book You've Read Lately

Best: A Gentleman in Moscow

2nd: Little Fires Everywhere

3rd: Homegoing

Best Craft Or Art Show

Best: Geneva Arts Fair

2nd: TIE: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival; and the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville

3rd: West End Arts Festival in La Grange

Other Favorites: Art in the Park in Elmhurst; Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival; Festival of the Vine Art Fair in Geneva; Scarecrow Fest Art Fair in St. Charles; and the Swedish Days Art Fair in Geneva

Best Weekend Getaway

Best: Galena

2nd: Lake Geneva, WI

3rd: Saugatuck, Michigan

Other Favorites: Door County, WI; southwest Michigan; and Traverse City, MI

Best Historic Landmark/Attraction

Best: Cantigny Park in Wheaton

2nd: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park

3rd: Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook

Other Favorites: Fabyan Villa and Windmill in Geneva; and Unity Temple in Oak Park

Best Park/Forest Preserve

Best: Morton Arboretum in Lisle

2nd: Graue Mill in Oak Brook

3rd: Cantigny Park in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Danada Park in Wheaton; Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook; Island Park in Geneva; Thatcher Woods in River Forest; and Wheeler Park in Geneva

Best Live Theatre

Best: Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

2nd: Paramount Theatre in Aurora

3rd: McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: 16th Street Theatre in Berwyn; and Oak Park Festival Theatre

Best Place For Live Comedy

Best: Second City in Chicago

2nd: Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont and St. Charles

3rd: Smoke Break Comedy in West Chicago

SHOPPING

Best Downtown For Shopping

Best: Naperville

2nd: Geneva

3rd: Oak Park

Other Favorites: Downers Grove, La Grange and Wheaton

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Most Unique Gift Shop

Best: The Little Traveler in Geneva

2nd: Cocoon in Geneva

3rd: The Collective + Makery in Lisle

Other Favorites: CarefulPeach Boutique in Oak Park; and Style Studio in Downers Grove

Best Mall/Shopping Center

Best: Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook

2nd: Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard

3rd: Geneva Commons

Other Favorites: Danada Square in Wheaton; Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg; and The Promenade Bolingbrook

Best Bargain Shopping/Outlet Store

Best: T.J. Maxx in multiple locations

2nd: HomeGoods in multiple locations

3rd: Marshalls in multiple locations

Other Favorites: Chicago Premium Outlets; Last Chance in Lombard; and Tuesday Morning in Downers Grove, Naperville, Western Springs and Wheaton

Best Women’s Clothing Store Or Boutique

Best: Von Maur in Lombard and St.Charles

2nd: J.Jill in Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Naperville, Oak Brook and South Barrington

3rd: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

Other Favorites: Express in multiple locations; Jayne in Forest Park, Glen Ellyn, La Grange and Oak Park; Jeans and a Cute Top Shop in Downers Grove, St. Charles and Wheaton; Jorie & June in Geneva; and Lively Athletics in Oak Park

Best Jewelry Store

Best: State Street Jewelers in Geneva

2nd: Razny in Addison and Hinsdale

Other Favorites: Altobello Jewelers in Wheaton; Gem in Oak Park; K. Hollis in Batavia; Larc Jewelers in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton; Linnea Jewelers in La Grange; and Oak Park Jewelers

Best Place To Buy Men's Clothing

Best: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

2nd: Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

3rd: Kohl’s in multiple locations

Other Favorites: Carson’s in multiple locations; and Louis’ for Men in Downers Grove

Best Place For Shoes

Best: DSW in multiple locations

2nd: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: Nora’s Shoe Shop in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Aldo Shoes in Oak Brook and Lombard; Madison Street Shoes in Forest Park; Miroballi Shoes in Wheaton; and Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

Best Place To Buy Children's Clothes

Best: Kohl’s in multiple locations

2nd: The Children’s Place in Lombard, North Riverside and River Forest

3rd: Carter’s in multiple locations

Other Favorites: Charlie & Grace Children’s Consignment Boutique in Downers Grove; Sugarcup Trading in Oak Park; and Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

Best Kitchen And Housewares Store

Best: Sur La Table in Naperville, Oak Brook and South Barrington

2nd: Crate & Barrel in multiple locations

3rd: Bed Bath & Beyond in multiple locations

Other Favorites: HomeGoods in multiple locations; T.J. Maxx in multiple locations and Williams Sonoma in Geneva, Naperville and Oak Brook

Best Place To Buy Antiques

Best: Vintage Market in North Aurora

2nd: Jackson Square in La Grange

3rd: TIE: Geneva Antique Market and Studio 8 in Forest Park

Other Favorites: Affordable Antiques in Naperville; and the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles

Best Resale/Consignment Store

Best: Divine Consign in Oak Park

2nd: Kelsey Resale Boutique in Hinsdale and La Grange

3rd: Charlie & Grace’s in Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Good Cents Children in Geneva; Goodwill in multiple locations; Plato’s Closet in multiple locations; Treasure House in Glen Ellyn; and Trends in Oak Park

Best Place To Buy Appliances

Best: Abt in Glenview

2nd: Sears in multiple locations

3rd: Best Buy in multiple locations

Best Decorative Accessories For The Home

Best: HomeGoods, multiple locations

2nd: Crate & Barrel in Geneva, Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: T. J. Maxx, multiple locations

Other Favorites: Cocoon in Geneva

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Best Art Gallery

Best: Elmhurst Art Museum

2nd: Ogden Art Studio in Downers Grove

3rd: Gallery 28 in Geneva

Other Favorites: Cleve Carney Art Gallery in Glen Ellyn; and Water Street Studios in Batavia

Best Pet Store/Boutique

Best: Happy Dog Barkery in Downers Grove

2nd: Petsmart in multiple locations

3rd: Scratch n Sniff in Oak Park

Other Favorites: Classy Canine Creations in Wheaton; Le Doggie Divine Pet Salon in Geneva; Two Bostons in Burr Ridge, Naperville and Wheaton; and Woof Beach in Batavia, Geneva and South Elgin

Best Grocery, Food Market Or Gourmet Shop

Best: Mariano’s in multiple locations

2nd: TIE: Blue Goose in St. Charles; and Standard Market in Naperville and Westmont

3rd: Trader Joe’s in multiple locations

Other Favorites: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Downers Grove and Oak Park; Pete’s Fresh Market in Oak Park and Oakbrook Terrace; and Whole Foods in multiple locations

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Best Nursery/Garden Center

Best: Wannemaker’s in Downers Grove

2nd: The Growing Place in Aurora and Naperville

3rd: TIE: Planter’s Palette in Winfield; and Wasco Nursery & Garden Center in St. Charles

Other Favorites: Heinz Brothers in St. Charles; Home Depot in multiple locations; Wheaton Landscape’

Best Area Bakery

Best: Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery in Downers Grove

2nd: Kirschbaum’s Bakery in Western Springs

3rd: Kirsten’s Danish Bakery in Burr Ridge

Other Favorites: Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts in Geneva; Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora; Spilt Milk in Oak Park; Sugar Fixé Patisserie in Oak Park; and Toni Patisserie & Café in Hinsdale

Best New Store

Best: The Collective LHE+ Makery in Lisle

2nd: 16 Suitcases in Oak Park

3rd: Last Chance in Lombard

SERVICES

Best Hair Salon

Best: Frank Gironda Salon & Spa in Glen Ellyn, Naperville and Wheaton

2nd: Rocco & Rocco Salon & Day Spa in Downers Grove

3rd: Zazu Salon & Day Spa in Hinsdale, Naperville and Wheaton

Other Favorites: Colour Line Hair Studio in Geneva; Elan Hair, Body & Sole in River Forest; James Anthony Salon in Oak Park; Lola by Gina in Geneva; Mario Tricoci in Aurora, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Oakbrook, Naperville and Schaumburg; Salon 212 in Oak Park; Symmetry Hair Salon

in La Grange Park

Best Fitness Center/Health Club

Best: Life Time Fitness in multiple locations

2nd: TIE: LA Fitness in multiple locations; and XSport Fitness in multiple locations

3rd: TIE: Planet Fitness in multiple locations; and Wheaton Sport Center

Other Favorites: Blast! Fitness in Downers Grove and Lombard; Charter Fitness in multiple locations; and Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) in Oak Park

Best Local Hotel

Best: The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

2nd: Hotel Baker in St. Charles

3rd: Hotel Arista in Naperville

Other Favorites: The Carleton in Oak Park; The Drake in Oak Brook; Hotel Indigo in Naperville; and the Westin in Lombard

Best Wedding Venue

Best: Danada House in Wheaton

2nd: Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton

3rd: The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

Other Favorites: Drury Lane in Oak Brook; Morton Arboretum in Lisle; Riverside Receptions in Geneva; and the Westin in Lombard

Best Area Charity

Best: Feed My Starving Children in Aurora and Schaumburg

2nd: Loaves & Fishes Community Services in Naperville

3rd: TIE: Pillars Community Services in Berwyn, La Grange Park and Western Springs; and Teen Parent Connection in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Hephzibah in Oak Park; Housing Forward in Maywood; Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove; Mutual Ground in Aurora; and the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva

SPORTS

Best Public Golf Course 

Best: Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton

2nd: Oak Brook Golf Club

3rd: Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago

Other Favorites: Cantigny Golf in Wheaton; Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont; Downers Grove Golf Club; Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge; St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago; Village Links of Glen Ellyn; and Zigfield Troy Golf in Woodridge

Best Area Bowling Alley

Best: Fox Bowl in Wheaton Tivoli Bowl

2nd: Pinstripes in Oak Brook and South Barrington

3rd: Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Bowling Green in West Chicago; and Funway in Batavia

Best Area Ice Rink

Best: Seven Bridges in Woodridge

2nd: Ridgeland Common Ice Arena in Oak Park

3rd: Fox Valley Ice Arena in Batavia

Other Favorites: Four Seasons Ice Rink in Naperville; and Prince Pond in Downers Grove

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Best Area Water Park

Best: Raging Waves in Yorkville

2nd: Centennial Beach in Naperville

3rd: Paradise Bay Water Park in Lombard

Other Favorites: Sea Lions Aquatic Park in Lisle; and Cypress Cove in Woodridge

Best Jogging Or Running Path

Best: Prairie Path

2nd: Morton Arboretum in Lisle

3rd: Fox River Trail

Other Favorites: Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook; Herrick Lake in Wheaton; and Salt Creek Trail

Favorite Sports Bar Or Place To Watch Sports 

Best: Fuller House in Hinsdale

2nd: Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple locations

3rd: Nobel House in Geneva

Other Favorites: Another Round in Downers Grove; Bulldog Ale House in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, North Aurora, Rolling Meadows and Roselle; Old Towne Pub & Eatery in Geneva; and Miller’s Ale House in Aurora, Lombard North Riverside and Schaumburg

Favorite Chicago Area Sports Team

Best: Cubs

2nd: Blackhawks

3rd: White Sox

Other Favorites: Bears and Bulls

Favorite Chicago Athlete/Personality

Best: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

2nd: Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka

3rd: TIE: Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs; and Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears

CHICAGO AREA

Best Area Celebrity

Best: Actress Jenny McCarthy

2nd: Former professional baseball and football star Bo Jackson

3rd: Actor Jim Belushi

Favorite Broadcast News Personality

Best: Robin Baumgarten, WGN

2nd: Tom Skilling, WGN

3rd: Alan Krashesky, ABC7

Favorite Radio Personality

Best: Peter Sagal, "Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me," NPR, WBEZ 91.5-FM

2nd: Dick Biondi, 94.7 WLS-FM

3rd: Drew Walker, US 99, 99.5-FM

Other Favorites: Steve Dahl, 890 WLS-AM

Best Annual Chicago Public Event Or Festival

Best: Lollapalooza

2nd: Taste of Chicago

3rd: Christkindlmarket

Other Favorites: Air & Water Show; Chicago Auto Show; and the Chicago Jazz Festival

Best Downtown Theatre

Best: Chicago Theatre

2nd: Cadillac Palace Theatre

3rd: TIE: The Goodman Theatre; and Steppenwolf Theatre

Other Favorites: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; CIBC Theatre; and Oriental Theatre

Best Live Music Downtown

Best: TIE: Millennium Park; and Northerly Island

2nd: House of Blues

3rd: TIE: Chicago Theatre; and Grant Park

Town You'd Want To Live In (Other Than Your Own)

Best: Geneva

2nd: Naperville

3rd: Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Batavia, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, La Grange; Oak Park; and Wheaton 

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