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 Pet Store
Bentley’s is all about giving your pet “the most enriched life possible” through all natural, nutritious food.
Wags on Willow 
This previous winner has a new location, but the same dedication to the care of your furry best friend.
The Barking Lot 
Your pup will be well taken care of the next time you head out of town — thanks to private spaces, walks three times a day, supervised day care and more.
Best Dog Beach or Park
This park features 44 acres of fields, trails and even a pond your dog can swim in.
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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.