This year marks 11 years of celebrating the local businesses and organizations that make Chicago and the North Shore so special. The pandemic tested so many of us to our limits, especially small business owners and their employees. Every year, we ask you to vote for your favorites — from restaurants, hotels and theaters to architects, builders and designers, to salons, boutiques, fitness centers and so many more. This year, you came out in droves to show your support, casting a whopping 120,000 votes. We thank you for your votes and the winners thank you for your support.
Now without further ado, here are your Best of 2021 winners — let’s show our love for the people, places, and businesses that make us proud to call Chicago and the North Shore home.