For the seventh year, our readers have voted for their favorite Chicago-area businesses in 11 categories. But before that, for the first time ever, we asked you to send us your nominations before voting began. We received more than 6,700 nominations!
Now that the votes have been tallied, it’s time to announce our Best of 2017 winners. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2017.
You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at this shop. You can even call ahead for suggestions.
Best Book Store
This book store has been serving the community since 1971, so check out this local business the next time you’re looking for a good read.
Best Clothing Boutique (Suburbs)
You’ll always find the hottest trends at this beautiful boutique that’s a perpetual reader favorite.
Best Clothing Boutique (Chicago)
Whether you need a dress, top, shoes or accessories, you’ll always find what you’re looking for at Anthropologie.
Best Online Shopping
There’s no need to leave your house to find the perfect outfit thanks to this site.
Have a philanthropic gala or wedding to attend? Find your perfect dress at Saks.
Best Shopping Center
With more than 130 stores, and incredible dining and entertainment options, Westfield Old Orchard is the ultimate shopping experience that offers something for everyone.
Best Consignment/Thrift Shop
Not only can you find designer clothes here, but North Shore Exchange has also donated $700,000 to nonprofits since opening in 2013.
This store is a beauty guru’s paradise.
This store carries frames from brands like Balenciaga, David Yurman, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and more.
Best Jewelry Store (Local)
For more than 24 years, this custom jewelry design studio has been creating award-winning pieces customers cherish forever.
Best Jewelry Store (National/Worldwide)
Our readers are all about that little blue box — but aren’t we all?
Best Men’s Clothing Store
From dress shirts and ties to footwear and belts, you’ll find anything you need to look sharp at Paul Stuart.
Best Sporting Goods/Athletic Store
Whether you’re planning a camping trip or want to start hiking here at home, this is a must-visit store for gear.
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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.