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 Kids Clothing
Your child will always be Best Dressed thanks to this boutique.
Best Toy Store
Becky & Me Toys 
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or that hot new toy (hello, Fidget Spinners!), this is the place to go.
Rain, rain … don’t go away! You’ll want to spend hours at this indoor playspace and café that’s perfect for kids and parents alike.
Best Overnight Camp
JCC Camp Chi 
With 600 acres and more than 40 activities, Camp Chi offers a summer experience like no other.
Best Day Camp
JCC Day Camps 
Your child will never be bored when they spend a summer at one of JCC’s many day camps.
Best Theater Classes
Your child will develop new skills, learn the ins and outs of acting and get the chance to perform in front of an audience.
Best Kids/Family Photographer
Julie Kaplan will snap the perfect photo that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Best Nanny Agency
Find the perfect nanny for your family’s needs with the help of this agency, the oldest in the Chicago area.
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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.