Best of 2017, Travel: The Peninsula Chicago bar

The Peninsula Chicago (Walt Disney World photo by Erica Barraca. All other photos courtesy of each business.)

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.

Best Travel Agent

Lake Shore Travel

A past winner, LST is devoted to ensuring you have the best vacation ever — meaning they sweat the details for you.

Best Hotel (Suburbs)

Stone Terrace B & B

You don’t have to be a visiting Northwestern University parent to take advantage of this stunning refurbished mansion overlooking Lake Michigan. The ultimate in B & B luxury.

Best Hotel (Chicago)

The Peninsula Chicago

Best of 2017, Travel: The Peninsula Chicago

Our readers have great taste! This ultra-luxurious hotel is all about the guest, from the sumptuously appointed rooms and renowned hospitality to the outrageously delicious cuisine.

Best Family Getaway

Disneyland

No trip to Southern California is complete without a visit to the original Disneyland. Newer attractions feature the Guardians of the Galaxy and a return of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Walt Disney World

Best of 2017, Travel: Walt Disney World

One destination + four unique theme parks = nirvana for families. Whether you favor the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there is literally something for everyone.

Best Resort

Kohler Waters Spa/The American Club

Best of 2017, Travel: Kohler Waters Spa

This five-star resort — the ultimate in water spas — is a perennial favorite for our readers, who love the deluxe facilities, indulgent service and the relative proximity to Chicago. Not to mention the world-class chocolatier on site!

 

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Julie Chernoff, Make It Better’s dining editor since its inception in 2007, graduated from Yale University with a degree in English — which she speaks fluently — and added a professional chef’s degree from the California Culinary Academy. She has worked for Boz Scaggs, Rick Bayless and Wolfgang Puck (not all at the same time); and sits on the boards of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and Northlight Theatre. She and husband Josh are empty nesters since adult kids Adam and Leah have flown the coop. Rosie the Cockapoo relishes the extra attention.