Best apartment finder


Runners-up: AptAmigo, HotPads

Best auto dealership

Chicago Northside Toyota 

Runners-up: Autobarn, Fletcher Jones Audi/Volvo

Best auto repair shop

Ashland Tire & Auto Clinic 

Runner-up: Chinatown Classic Auto Repair

Best barbershop

Father and Son Barber Shop 

Runner-up: Old Dog Barbershop

Best bicycle shop

Uptown Bikes 

Runner-up: Kozy’s Bike Shop

Best board game store

Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo 

Runner-up: Cat & Mouse Games

Best comics shop

AlleyCat Comics

Runner-up: Quimby’s

Best dancewear shop

Chicago Dance Supply 

Runner-up: Rebirth Garments

Best financial institution or bank


Runner-up: Alliant Credit Union

Best financial planner

Alison Fyhrie at Northwestern Mutual 

Runners-up: Patricia Ketelaar, Stephanie Zaide

Best florist

Flowers for Dreams 

Runner-up: Fleur

Best garden store


Runner-up: Adams and Son and Daughter

Best hair salon

Sine Qua Non 

Runner-up: Little Broken Things

Best home furnishings


Runner-up: Dial M for Modern, Velvet Goldmine

Best independent bookstore

Women & Children First 

Runners-up: Open Books, Semicolon Bookstore

Best jewelry store

Adornment and Theory 

Runner-up: Gallery 2052

Best kids clothing

The Red Balloon Co 

Runner-up: Peach Fuzz

Best landscape company

City Grange 

Runner-up: Patch Landscaping

Best local clothing designer

Sophia Reyes 

Runner-up: Joe Freshgoods

Best massage therapist

Becky Masters 

Runner-up: Amanda Flores

Best motorcycle shop


Runner-up: Federal Moto

Best pet adoption or animal shelter

PAWS Chicago 

Runner-up: One Tail at a Time

Best pet store

Urban Pooch 

Runner-up: Jameson Loves Danger

Best picture framing store


Runner-up: Artists Frame Service

Best place to buy gender-neutral clothing

Big Bud Press 

Runner-up: Penelope’s

Best place to buy local wares

Andersonville Galleria 

Runner-up: Foursided

Best place to buy men’s clothing

Cowboys and Astronauts 

Runner-up: Hazel

Best place to buy women’s clothing


Runner-up: Milk Handmade

Best place to get married

Chicago Cultural Center 

Runner-up: Salvage One

Best plus size clothing store

Luvsick Plus 

Runner-up: Lost Girls Vintage

Best real estate agent

Johnny Mars 

Runner-up: Cindi Sodolski

Best real estate company

Living Room 

Runner-up: @Properties

Best record store

Reckless Records 

Runner-up: Laurie’s Planet of Sound

Best recovery center

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Chicago 

Runner-up: Above and Beyond

Best resale shop

Brown Elephant 

Runner-up: Village Discount Outlet

Best sex toy shop

Early to Bed 

Runner-up: Pleasure Chest

Best shoe store

Alamo Shoes 

Runner-up: Lori’s

Best streetwear brand

Fat Tiger 

Runner-up: Englewood Branded

Best tattoo artist

Esther Garcia 

Runner-up: Natalie Andrews

Best tattoo shop

Great Lakes Tattoo 

Runners-up: Logan Square Tattoo, Rocket Tattoo

Best T-shirt shop

Strange Cargo 

Runner-up: Raygun

Best veterinarian

Ravenswood Animal Hospital 

Runner-up: Lincoln Square Animal Hospital

Best vintage store

Lost Girls Vintage 

Runner-up: Broadway Antique Market

Best of Chicago 2021 is
presented by

Green Thumb

sponsored in part by

Goethe Institut
Chicago History Museum

Refer to the closed final ballot to see all the categories and finalists that were voted on.