Dining

Best Steak

BEST: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook and Rosemont

2nd: Capital Grille in Lombard and Rosemont

3rd: Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Naperville

Other Favorites: Eddie Merlot’s in Burr Ridge and Warrenville; FoxFire Restaurant in Geneva; Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Lombard and Rosemont; Jameson’s Charhouse in Bloomingdale and Woodridge; Morton’s The Steakhouse in Naperville, Rosemont and Schaumburg; Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook; Ruth’s Chris Steak House in South Barrington; and Wildfire in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

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Best Seafood

BEST: Parker’s Restaurant & Bar in Downers Grove

2nd: Catch 35 in Naperville

3rd: Devon Seafood + Steak in Oakbrook Terrace

Other Favorites: The Elm in La Grange; The Foxtail in Downers Grove; Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House in Naperville; Pappadeaux in Westmont; Seasons 52 in Oak Brook; Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg; and The Walrus Room in Geneva

Best Romantic Restaurant

BEST: Ivy Restaurant in Wheaton

2nd: Atwater’s at the Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

3rd: Meson Sabika in Naperville

Other Favorites: Adelle’s Fine American Fare in Wheaton; Allegory in Naperville; CityGate Grille in Naperville; Devon in Oakbrook Terrace; Fiora’s in Geneva; Fire + Wine in Glen Ellyn; Hemmingway’s Bistro in Oak Park; Incontro a Tavolo in South Barrington; Jen’s Guesthouse in Willow Springs; Niche in Geneva, Santo Cielo in Naperville; and Seasons 52 in Oak Brook Schaumburg

Best Restaurant If Money Is No Object

BEST: TIE: The Capital Grille in Lombard and Rosemont and Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook and Rosemont

2nd: Niche in Geneva

3rd: Vie in Western Springs

Other Favorites: Adelle’s Fine American Fare in Wheaton; Atwater’s at The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva; Balmoral Restaurant in Campton Hills; Catch 35 in Naperville; Ditka’s in Oak Brook; Eddie Merlot’s in Burr Ridge and Warrenville; Mesón Sabika in Naperville; Morton’s The Steakhouse in Naperville, Rosemont and Schaumburg; and Parker’s Restaurant and Bar in Downers Grove

Best Outdoor Dining

BEST: Fiora’s in Geneva

2nd: Maya Del Sol in Oak Park

3rd: Palmer Place in La Grange

Other Favorites: Adelle’s Fine American Restaurant in Wheaton; Alcentro Trattoria in Bloomingdale; Allegory in Naperville; Arrowhead Golf Club Restaurant & Bar in Wheaton; Emilio’s Tapas Hillside; Fuller House in Hinsdale; Gia Mia, multiple locations; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook; Hardware in North Aurora; Ivy in Wheaton; Mesón Sabika in Naperville; Patten House in Geneva; Redstone American Grill in Oakbrook Terrace; SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen in Naperville; Il Sogno in Wheaton; Tapville Social in Naperville; and Topaz Cafe in Burr Ridge

Best Italian Restaurant

BEST: Capri in Burr Ridge

2nd: Osteria Bigolaro in Geneva

3rd: Francesca’s, multiple locations

Other Favorites: Antico Posto in Oak Brook; Che Figata in Naperville; Clara’s in Woodridge; DeMarco’s in Itasca; Gia Mia in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, St. Charles and Wheaton; Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale; Il Sogno in Wheaton; La Za Za Trattoria in St. Charles; Livia Italian Eatery in Geneva; Maggiano’s in Naperville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg; Posto 31 in La Grange Park; Roberto’s in Elmhurst; Vai’s in Naperville; and Villa Verone in Geneva

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Best French Restaurant

BEST: Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook

2nd: Suzette’s Creperie in Wheaton

3rd: Paris Bistro in Naperville

Best Mexican Restaurant

BEST: Maya Del Sol in Oak Park

2nd: Altiro Latin Fusion in Geneva, Wheaton and Aurora

3rd: A Toda Madre in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Bien Trucha in Geneva; Burrito Parilla Mexicana, multiple locations; El Molcajete on 3rd in Geneva; Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar in Naperville and Schaumburg; Invicto in Naperville; Jalapeno Grill in St. Charles; Jalisco Tacos in Aurora; Puebla Modern Mexican in St. Charles; Quesabroso in Hillside; Santa Fe in Glen Ellyn; and Yerbabuena in Lisle

Best Sushi

BEST: Blue Sushi Sake Grill in Naperville

2nd: TIE: Chef Soon Contemporary Sushi in Woodridge and Nabuki in Hinsdale

3rd: Sushi House, multiple locations

Other Favorites: Kiku in Naperville; Momoya in Aurora; SEN Sushi Bar in Oak Park; Shinto in Naperville; Sushi City in Downers Grove; Sushi Diva in St. Charles; Sushi Nest in Elmhurst; Sushi Ukai in Glen Ellyn, La Grange and Wheaton; Swordfish in Batavia; Tanaka Sushi in Lisle; and Wasabi Restaurant and Bar in Downers Grove

Best Chinese Restaurant

BEST: Luong Loi in Wheaton

2nd: Cravings in Geneva

3rd: Dragon One in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Chamber Red Chinese Bistro in St. Charles; East China Inn in Aurora, Batavia and North Aurora; Katy’s Dumplings in Oak Park and Westmont; MingHin Cuisine in Naperville and Rolling Meadows; P. F. Chang’s in Lombard and Schaumburg; Szechwan in St. Charles; and Wild Ginger in Hinsdale

Best Thai Restaurant

BEST: Choun’s in Wheaton

2nd: Thai First in Downers Grove

3rd: Vino Thai in St. Charles

Other Favorites: BNK Thai and Sushi in Elmhurst; Bangkok Restaurant in Geneva; Bangkok Village in Naperville; Subdragon 111 in Addison; Thai Cafe in Downers Grove; Tusk Thai Cuisine in Batavia; and Yum Thai in Forest Park

Best Indian Restaurant

BEST: Kama Bistro in La Grange

2nd: The Desi Accent in Lombard

3rd: Taste of Himalayas in St. Charles

Other Favorites: India Palace in Wheaton; Indian Harvest in Naperville; and Shikara in Downers Grove

Best Middle Eastern Food

BEST: Chef Abdul Mediterranean in St. Charles

2nd: Damascus Falafel in Willowbrook

3rd: Naf Naf Grill, multiple locations

Other Favorites: Cedar Grill in Downers Grove; The Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Cafe in La Grange; Jerusalem Café in Lombard and Oak Park; Pita Inn in Naperville; Pinched Mediterranean Grill in Lombard; Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill in Hoffman Estates, Lombard and Rolling Meadows

Best Irish Pub

BEST: Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora and Downers Grove

2nd: Quigley’s in Naperville

3rd: TIE: Irish TImes in Brookfield; McNally’s Irish Pub in St. Charles

Other Favorites: James Joyce Irish Pub in Berwyn; and Shannon’s Irish Pub in Glen Ellyn

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Best Wine Bar

BEST: SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen in Naperville

2nd: Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Burr Ridge, Naperville, Oak Park, South Barrington and St. Charles

3rd: TIE: Cellar Door in Downers Grove and Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room in Geneva

Other Favorites: Tannins Wine Bar & Boutique in Elmhurst; and Tasting Devine in Wheaton

Best Microbrewery/ Brewpub

BEST: The Beer Cellar in Geneva and Glen Ellyn

2nd: Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville

3rd: Noon Whistle Brewing in Lombard

Other Favorites: Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove; Buckle Down Brewing in Lyons; Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton; Emmett’s Brewing Company in Downers Grove, West Dundee and Wheaton; Ike & Oak Brewing Company in Woodridge; Milk Money Brewing in La Grange; Miskatonic Brewing Company in Darien; More Brewing in Villa Park; Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva; Pollyanna Brewing in Lemont, Roselle and St. Charles; Red Arrow Tap Room in Elmhurst; Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewing in Bolingbrook, Lombard and Warrenville; Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge; Stockholm’s Restaurant & Brewery in Geneva Tapville in Naperville; Two Brothers in Aurora, Naperville and Warrenville; Two Hound Red in Glen Ellyn; Werk Force Brewing in Plainfield; and Wolfden Brewing Company in Bloomingdale

Best Place For Breakfast

BEST: Egg Harbor Café, multiple locations

2nd: Buttermilk in Geneva

3rd: Nosh in Geneva

Other Favorites: Alexander’s Café in Elgin and St. Charles; The Baked Apple Breakfast Co. in Downers Grove; Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe, multiple locations; Briana’s, multiple locations; Brunch Café, multiple locations; Double Yolk in Aurora; Egg’lectic Café in Wheaton; Golden Basket in Westmont; Harner’s Bakery and Restaurant in North Aurora; Hen House in Wheaton; Honey Jam Cafe, multiple locations; The Lucky Penny in Naperville; Lumes in Batavia; Millie’s Pancakes in Addison; Pomegranate in Aurora; and Steven’s in Woodridge

Best Barbecue

BEST: Q-BBQ in La Grange, Naperville and Oak Park

2nd: Uncle Bub’s BBQ in Westmont

3rd: TIE: The Patio in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Darien and Lombard; and Steamboat BBQ in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Firewater BB-Q in Crest Hill, Geneva and Lombard; Mission BBQ, in Downers Grove; Russell’s in Elmwood Park; Sharko’s BBQ in Naperville; and Sweet Baby Ray’s in Wood Dale

Best Pizza

BEST: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, multiple locations

2nd: Aurelio’s Pizza, multiple locations

3rd: Gia Mia in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, St. Charles and Wheaton

Other Favorites: Angelo’s Pizza in Downers Grove; Billy Brick’s, multiple locations; Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery in St. Charles; Dan’s Pizza in Downers Grove; Fiammé Pizzeria Napoletana in Naperville; Giordano’s Pizzeria, multiple locations; Home Run Inn, multiple locations; ItaliAmo in Westmont; Mangia Napoli in Elmhurst; Nonnies Pizza in Woodridge; Papa Passero’s in Westmont; Papa’s Pizza Place in Woodridge; Pomodoro E Mozzarella in St. Charles; Roberto’s in Elmhurst; and Rocco’s Pizza in Naperville

Best Burger

BEST: Country House in Clarendon Hills, Geneva and Lisle

2nd: Jackson Avenue Pub in Naperville

3rd: The Burger Local in Geneva

Other Favorites: Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn; Brick House Tavern & Tap in Downers Grove; Bristol Tap in Bristol; Burger Antics in Brookfield; The Burger Shop in Geneva; The Burger Social in Wheaton; Crusade Burger Bar in Yorkville; Empire Burgers + Brew in Naperville; Main Street Pub in Glen Ellyn; Palmer Place in La Grange; Portillo’s, multiple locations; Stockholm’s in Geneva; and York Tavern in Oak Brook

Best Hot Dog

BEST: Portillo’s, multiple locations

2nd: Gene & Jude’s in River Grove

3rd: TIE: Doggie Diner in Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Woodridge and Teddy’s Red Hots in Darien and Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Dogfather Hot Dogs in Bartlett; Flips Beef in Glen Ellyn; Little Joe’s Italian Beef & Sausage in La Grange; Mickey’s Drive-In in Bellwood and Villa Park; and Nicky’s Red Hots in Naperville

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Best Ice Cream or Dessert

BEST: Kimmer’s Ice Cream in Elmhurst, St. Charles and Wheaton

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

3rd: Sweet Home Gelato in Naperville

Other Favorites: All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva; Andy’s Frozen Custard, multiple locations; Batavia Creamery in Batavia; The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor in Forest Park; Colonial Cafe in Naperville and St. Charles; Every Day’s a Sundae in Downers Grove; The Highland Queen in La Grange; Kilwins in multiple locations; Oberweis in multiple locations; Sweet Stop in Geneva; Tasty Treat in Westmont; and Tate’s Original Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop in La Grange

Best Donuts

BEST: Stan’s Donuts in Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace and Schaumburg

2nd: Fresh Donuts in Geneva

3rd: Spunky Dunkers in Palatine

Other Favorites: DeEtta’s Bakery in Naperville; Dimples in Batavia; Dunkin’ Donuts, multiple locations; Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora; Home Cut Donuts in Joliet; Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery in Downers Grove; Kava Diem in St. Charles; Kirschbaum’s Bakery in Western Springs; Krispy Kreme in Elk Grove Village and Hillside; and My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe in Oswego

Best Deli/Sandwhich Shop

BEST: Schmaltz Deli in Naperville

2nd: Fontano’s Subs in Hinsdale

3rd: Frankie’s Deli in Oakbrook Terrace

Other Favorites: Asti Italian Foods in Bensenville; Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli in Carol Stream and West Chicago; Berto’s Deli & Pasta Shoppe in Downers Grove; Deane’s Market & Deli in Geneva; Fulla Bologna in Elmhurst; Jason’s Deli in Naperville and Oak Brook; Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli in Geneva; McAlister’s Deli, multiple locations; Sammy’s Deli in La Grange; Serino’s Deli in Addison; and Smitty’s on the Corner in St. Charles

Best Coffeehouse

BEST: My Half of the Sky in Wheaton

2nd: Sparrow Coffee in Naperville

3rd: TIE: Cafe & Barr and Graham’s 318 Coffee House, both in Geneva

Other Favorites: Arcedium Coffeehouse in St. Charles; Brewpoint in Elmhurst; Five & Hoek Coffee Co. in Wheaton; Funky Java in Villa Park; Kindred Coffee Roasters in West Chicago; Limestone Coffee & Tea in Batavia; Mud and Char in Downers Grove; Owl and Lark in La Grange; Steam Coffee Co. in Oak Brook; Ten Drops Coffee in Plainfield; and The Village Grind Coffee & Tea Co. in Oswego

Best Tea Room/Tea House

BEST: The Tea Tree in Batavia

2nd: Pinecone Cottage Tea House in Downers Grove

3rd: Emerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom in Oswego

Other Favorites: Limestone Coffee & Tea in Batavia; The Little Traveler in Geneva; and Suzette’s Creperie in Wheaton

Best Fish Fry

BEST: The Walrus Room in Geneva

2nd: Village Tavern & Grill in Carol Stream

3rd: Alfie’s Inn in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge in Bolingbrook; Bulldog Ale House, multiple locations; Geneva Ale House in Geneva; Irish Times Pub & Restaurant in Brookfield; Johnson Family Fish Fry at VFW Post 8081 in Warrenville; Towne Tap in Warrenville; and Wheatstack in Lisle

Activities & Entertainment

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Best Place For Live Music

BEST: Arcada Theatre in St. Charles

2nd: RiverEdge Park in Aurora

3rd: FitzGerald’s in Berwyn

Other Favorites: Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant in Aurora and Downers Grove; EvenFlow in Geneva; Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville; Joe’s Live in Rosemont; and the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn

Best Live Theatre

BEST: Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace

2nd: Paramount Theatre in Aurora

3rd: McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook; Oak Park Festival Theatre; Overshadowed Theatrical Productions in Itasca; and Theatre of Western Springs

Best Place For Live Comedy

BEST: Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont

2nd: Chicago Improv Comedy Club in Schaumburg

Other Favorites: CG’s Comedy Club in Bolingbrook; Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg; and Westside Improv in Wheaton

Best Festival or Fair

BEST: Festival of the Vine in Geneva

2nd: Last Fling in Naperville

3rd: Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles

Other Favorites: Endless SummerFest in La Grange; Eyes to the Skies in Lisle; Prairie Fest in Wood Dale; Ribfest in Romeoville; Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove; Swedish Days in Geneva; Taste of Westmont; Taste of Wheaton; and Jubilee Festival in Woodridge

Best Craft or Art Show

BEST: Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival

2nd: Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville

3rd: TIE: Geneva Arts Fair and Wheaton Art Walk

Other Favorites: Art in Wilder Park in Elmhurst; Downtown Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival; Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts; Naperville Art & Artisan Fair; Oak Brook Art Festival; and West End Arts Festival in La Grange

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Best Historic Landmark/Attraction

BEST: Naper Settlement in Naperville

2nd: Cantigny in Wheaton

3rd: Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook

Other Favorites: DuPage History Museum in Wheaton; Fabyan Villa and Windmill in Geneva; and Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago

Best Movie Theater

BEST: Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove

2nd: Charlestowne 18 Theatre in St. Charles

3rd: Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge

Other Favorites: AMC Yorktown in Lombard; Glen Art Theatre in Glen Ellyn; Hollywood Palms in Naperville; and La Grange Theatre

Best Area Museum

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BEST: DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville

2nd: Cantigny Park in Wheaton

3rd: SciTech in Aurora

Other Favorites: Elmhurst History Museum; and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Oak Brook

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Best Art Gallery

BEST: Cleve Carney Museum of Art at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn

2nd: Elmhurst Art Museum

3rd: Water Street Studios in Batavia

Other Favorites: Fine Line Art Center in St. Charles; and Proud Fox Gallery in Geneva

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Best Weekend Getaway

BEST: Galena

2nd: Door County

3rd: Saugatuk

Other Favorites: Downtown Chicago; Lake Geneva; Southwest Michigan; and Starved Rock

Best Park/Forest Preserve

BEST: Herrick Lake in Wheaton

2nd: Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva

3rd: Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia

Other Favorites: Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville; Cantigny Park in Wheaton; Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook; Island Park in Geneva; Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn; LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles; Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles; and Waterfall Glen in Lemont

Best Famer’s Market

BEST: Wheaton French Market

2nd: Downers Grove Farmers Market

3rd: Naperville Farmers Market at 5th Avenue Station

Other Favorites: Batavia, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Geneva French Market, Glen Ellyn, La Grange, Oak Park and St. Charles

Shopping

Best Downtown For Shopping

BEST: Naperville

2nd: Geneva

3rd: Downers Grove

Other Favorites: Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, and La Grange

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Best Mall/Shopping Center

BEST: Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook

2nd: Geneva Commons

3rd: Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard

Other Favorites: Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora; The Promenade Bolingbrook; and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg

Best Bargain Shopping/Outlet Store

BEST: Nordstrom Rack in Naperville, Oak Brook, Rosemont and Schaumburg

2nd: T.J. Maxx, multiple locations

3rd: Last Chance in Lombard

Other Favorites: Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora; Costco, multiple locations; Homegoods, multiple locations; and Marshall’s, multiple locations

Best Women’s Clothing Store or Boutique

BEST: J. Jill in Burr Ridge, Naperville, Oak Brook and South Barrington

2nd: JAYNE in Forest Park, Glen Ellyn, La Grange and Oak Park

3rd: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

Other Favorites: Ann Taylor in Aurora, Naperville and Oak Brook; Artemisia in Geneva; Blonde Boutique in Glen Ellyn; Edie Boutique in Elmhurst, Geneva and Glen Ellyn; Jeans and a Cute Top Shop in St. Charles and Wheaton; Liz & Kate Boutique in Geneva; Style Studio in Downers Grove; and Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

Best Jewelry Store

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BEST: Costello Jewelry in Glen Ellyn and Naperville

2nd: State Street Jewelers in Geneva

3rd: TIE: Dariusz Jewelers in Downers Grove and Stones Jewelry in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Begeman Jewelers in Willowbrook; Bella Browning & Sons Fine Jewelry in Hinsdale; Cosa Jewelers in Willowbrook; Caffray Jewellers in Hinsdale; Fey & Co. in Naperville; Georgetown Jewelers in Wood Dale; Larc Jewelers in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton; Linnea Jewelers in La Grange; and Razny Jewelers in Addison and Hinsdale

Best Place To Buy Men’s Clothing

BEST: Macy’s, multiple locations

2nd: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: Deans in Naperville

Other Favorites: DXL in Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Schaumburg and St. Charles; Kohl’s, multiple locations; Joseph A. Banks Clothiers, multiple locations; Tommy Bahama in Oak Brook; Trails & Tides in Naperville; and Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

Best Place To Buy Children’s Clothes

BEST: Kohl’s, multiple locations

2nd: GapKids, multiple locations

3rd: Vineyard Vines in Oak Brook and Rosemont

Other Favorites: Carter’s, multiple locations; Hanna Andersson in Oak Brook; My Sister Kate in Hinsdale; Target, multiple locations; T.J. Maxx, multiple locations; and Von Maur in Lombard and St. Charles

Best Place For Shoes

BEST: DSW, multiple locations

2nd: Nordstrom in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

3rd: TIE: Miroballi Shoes in Wheaton and Nordstrom Rack in Naperville, Oak Brook, Rosemont and Schaumburg

Best Kitchen and Housewares Store

BEST: Williams Sonoma in Geneva, Joliet, Naperville and Oak Brook

2nd: Sur La Table in Naperville, Oak Brook and South Barrington

3rd: Marcel’s Culinary Experience in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Crate & Barrel in Geneva, Naperville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg

Best Place To Buy Antiques

BEST: Affordable Antiques in Naperville

2nd: Trend + Relic in St. Charles

3rd: Jackson Square Antique Mall in La Grange

Other Favorites: Amazing Grace in Elburn; Geneva Antique Market in Berry House in Geneva; Antiques of Winfield; Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles; and La Grange Park Antique Mall

Best Resale/Consigment Store

BEST: The Perfect Thing in Wheaton

2nd: Divine Consign in North Riverside

3rd: The Courtyard in Hinsdale

Other Favorites: Acosta’s Home Consignment in South Elgin and Wheaton; Always In Style in Geneva; Jane Pabon Boutique in Geneva; Kelsey Resale Boutique in Hinsdale and La Grange; Serendipity Resale Shop in Aurora; and Treasure House in Glen Ellyn

Best Place To Buy Appliances

BEST: Abt in Glenview

Others: Best Buy, multiple locations; and Young’s Appliances in Glen Ellyn

Best Decorative Accessories for The Home

BEST: HomeGoods, multiple locations

2nd: Little Luxuries in Naperville

3rd: Anastazia Treasures for the Home in Geneva

Other Favorites: Artemisia in Geneva; Cocoon in Geneva; Crate & Barrel in Geneva, Naperville, Oak Brook and Schaumburg; Little Traveler in Geneva; Nona Jo’s in Naperville; and Restoration Hardware in Oak Brook and Schaumburg

Best Pet Store/Boutique

BEST: Happy Dog Barkery in Downers Grove

2nd: Bruce & Willy’s in Geneva

3rd: Two Bostons in Burr Ridge, Geneva and Naperville

Other Favorites: Bentley’s Pet Stuff, multiple locations; Pet Supplies Plus, multiple locations; and Petco, multiple locations

Best Area Bakery

BEST: Ingram’s Busy Bee Bakery in Downers Grove

2nd: Kirschbaum’s Bakery in Western Springs

3rd: TIE: DeEttas Bakery in Naperville and Harner’s Bakery in North Aurora

Other Favorites: Cakes by Carlos in Lombard; Chicago Pastry in Bloomingdale; Cocoa Bean Fine Desserts in Geneva; Eye Candy Bake Shop in Geneva; Italian Bakery in Addison; Kean’s Bakery in Itasca; Sauer’s Bakery in Carol Stream; The Sugar Path in Geneva and Vanilla Sugar in Glen Ellyn

Best Grocery, Food Market or Gourmet Shop

BEST: Mariano’s, multiple locations

2nd: Casey’s Foods in Naperville

3rd: Trader Joe’s, multiple locations

Other Favorites: Blue Goose Market in St. Charles; Brookhaven Marketplace in Burr Ridge and Darien; Caputo’s Fresh Markets, multiple locations; Fresh Thyme Market, multiple locations; Kramer Foods in Hinsdale; Pete’s Fresh Market, multiple locations; Standard Market in Westmont; and Whole Foods, multiple locations

Best Nursery/Garden Center

BEST: The Growing Place in Aurora and Naperville Photo courtesy of the Onesti Entertainment Corp.

2nd: Wannemaker’s in Downers Grove

3rd: Platt Hill Nursery in Bloomingdale

Other Favorites: Blumen Gardens in Sycamore; Heinz Brothers Greenhouse in St. Charles; Lizzie’s Garden in Naperville; Prosek’s Greenhouse in Winfield; Vern Goers Greenhouse in Hinsdale; and Wasco Nursery & Garden Center in St. Charles

Services

Best Spa/Massage

BEST: Mario Tricoci, multiple locations

2nd: Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge

3rd: ME SPA in Naperville

Other Favorites: Bukés Salon & Spa in Clarendon Hills; C’Zar Salon Spa in Bolingbrook, Naperville and Wheaton; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, multiple locations; The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva; and Zazu Salon & Day Spa in Hinsdale, Naperville and Wheaton

Best Local Hotel

BEST: The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

2nd: Hotel indigo in Naperville

3rd: Hotel Baker in St. Charles

Other Favorites: Chicago Marriott Naperville; Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook; Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort; Hotel Arista in Naperville; and the Westin Lombard

Best Wedding Venue

BEST: Elements at Water Street in Naperville

2nd: The Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva

3rd: Danada House in Wheaton

Other Favorites: Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton; Company 251 in Aurora; Drake Hotel in Oak Brook; Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace; Emerson Creek in Oswego; Oak Brook Bath & Tennis; and Oakbrook Hills Resort

Best Area Charity

BEST: DuPage PADS in Wheaton;

2nd: People’s Resource Center in Wheaton and Westmont

3rd: Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn

Other Favorites: Feed My Starving Children in Aurora and Schaumburg; Infant Welfare Society in Oak Park; Loaves & Fishes in Naperville; Metropolitan Family Services in Wheaton; Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva; Serenity House in Addison and Geneva; and Wellness House in Hinsdale

Best Car Wash

BEST: Fuller’s Car Wash, multiple locations

2nd: Delta Sonic, multiple locations

3rd: R Platinum Hand Car Wash & Detail Center in Bloomingdale

Sports

Best Fitness Center/Health Club

BEST: LA Fitness, multiple locations

2nd: YMCA, multiple locations

3rd: Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness in Woodridge

Other Favorites: Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Downers Grove; Orangetheory, multiple locations; Planet Fitness, multiple locations; and XSport Fitness in multiple locations

Best Public Golf Course

BEST: Cantigny Golf in Wheaton

2nd: Village Links of Glen Ellyn

3rd: Downers Grove Golf Club

Other Favorites: Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton; Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont; Heritage Bluffs in Channahon; Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville; Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles; The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison; Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge; and Zigfield Troy Golf in Woodridge

Best Area Bowling Alley

BEST: Bowlero, multiple locations

2nd: TIE: Fox Bowl in Wheaton and Stardust Bowl in Addison

3rd: Tivoli Bowl in Downers Grove

Best Area Ice Rink

BEST: Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge

2nd: Darien Sportsplex

3rd: Elmhurst YMCA (outdoor)

Other Favorites: Center Ice in Glen Ellyn; Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva; Inwood Ice Arena in Joliet; and Willowbrook Ice Arena

Best Area Water Park

BEST: Centennial Beach in Naperville

2nd: Raging Waves in Yorkville

Other Favorites: Cypress Cove in Woodridge; Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles; Paradise Bay Water Park in Lombard; Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook; Rainbow Falls in Elk Grove; Rice Pool & Water Park in Wheaton; Sea Lion Aquatic Park in Lisle; and Water Works in Schaumburg

Favorite Sports Bar or Place To Watch Sports

BEST: Another Round Bar & Grill in Downers Grove

2nd: Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple locations

3rd: Yard House in Lombard

Other Favorites: Anyway’s Pub in Bloomingdale and Oakbrook Terrace; Bulldog Ale House, multiple locations; Flagship on the Fox in St. Charles; Miller’s Ale House in Aurora, Lombard, North Riverside and Schaumburg; Tap House Grill, multiple locations; Tapville Social in Naperville; and Village Tavern and Grill in Carol Stream, Schaumburg and South Elgin

Favorite Chicago Area Sports Team

BEST: Cubs

2nd: Blackhawks

3rd: White Sox

Other Favorite: Bears

Favorite Chicago Athlete/Personality

BEST: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

2nd: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

3rd: Jim Thome, former White Sox player

Other Favorites: Mike Ditka, former Chicago Bears coach; Pat Hughes Chicago Cubs radio play-by-play announcer; and Eddie Olczyk, former Chicago Blackhawk and current TV color commentator Chicago Area

Best Area Celebrity

BEST: Actor Donnie Wahlberg

Other Favorites: Actor Jim Belushi; actor Sean Hayes; actress Jenny McCarthy; and actress Danielle Panabaker

Favorite Broadcast News Personality

BEST: Lester Holt, NBC

2nd: Alan Krashesky, ABC7

3rd: Allison Rosati, NBC5

Other Favorites: Tracy Butler, ABC7; Judy Hsu, ABC7; Tom Skilling, WGN; and Pat Tomasulo, WGN

Best of the West 2021 - 11

Favorite Radio Personality

BEST: John Williams, WGN 720 AM

2nd: Scott Mackay, 95.9 The River

3rd: Eric Ferguson, Eric in the Morning, 101.9 The Mix

Best Annual Chicago Public Event or Festival

BEST: Air & Water Show

2nd: Taste of Chicago

3rd: Chicago Blues Festival

Other Favorites: Chicago Jazz Festival; Lollapalooza; and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Best Downtwon Museum/Attraction

BEST: Museum of Science & Industry

2nd: The Art Institute

3rd: Shedd Aquarium

Other Favorites: Field Museum, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier

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

BEST: Geneva

2nd: Glen Ellyn

3rd: Naperville

Other Favorites: Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, La Grange, and Wheaton

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