Best of 2016: Philanthropy & Community

PAWS Fur Ball

Make It Better’s Best of 2016 drew more than 168,000 votes across 11 categories. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2016.

Best Fundraising Gala

PAWS Fur Ball

This November marks the 15th year of the PAWS Fur Ball benefitting PAWS Chicago and its incredible work to end the euthanization of animals. What makes this event unique is that your furry friends are also welcome to attend! Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago 

Best Family Give-Back Opportunity 


At Misericordia, volunteers are able to interact one-on-one with the residents who have mild to profound developmental disabilities. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from one-time service days to longer-term volunteer commitments. 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago 


Best Chamber of Commerce


Merging two chambers into one in 2011 has made it possible for there to be greater impact on economic growth and member benefits within these two communities. 841 Spruce St., Winnetka

Best Real Estate Company


As the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and within the top 12 in the country, @properties’ reach, track record and client satisfaction speak for themselves. Various locations

@properties owners Thad Wong and Mike Golden

Best Real Estate Agent Suburbs

Lori Neuschel

Lori Neuschel has more than 15 years of real estate experience and has been rated in the top one percent of all agents nationwide for the past eight years. 30 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

Best Real Estate Agent Chicago

Janet Owen

Janet Owen provides individualized real estate services with an upscale, energetic and results-driven attitude, and she has consistently been listed within the top half of the 1 percent of all agents nationwide. [email protected]

Best Big Ten College

Northwestern University

With Northwestern’s beautiful campus on the lake and top-quality academics, we can see why it’s an audience favorite. 633 Clark St., Evanston

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