Best of 2018

In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our beloved communities shine.

Whether you live in the heart of the city or the sprawl of the suburbs, click on the categories below to discover this year’s winners — each one worthy of your time, money, and support.

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Arts & Entertainment

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Beauty

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Celebrations

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Dining

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Education

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Fitness & Recreation

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Home & Design

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Kids

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Philanthropy

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Services

Make It Better's Best of 2018: Shopping