Recognize the best in Illinois.

Nominations are now open! Vote for your favorite local places to dine, shop, travel and do business in Illinois. The 2018 Best of Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards will include nominations for three regions – Northern, Central and Southern Illinois. Readers can cast nominations for all three regions and 40 categories. Please include the city for each nomination. National franchises are not accepted.

Official Rules

No purchase necessary. One entry per household. Online ballots must be submitted by February 28, 2018. To be eligible for the drawing, ballots must have a vote in at least fifteen categories. You can cast votes in any or all regions. Drawing to be held by March 15, 2018. Must be at least 18 years old to win. Winners will be notified in the April edition of Illinois Country Living magazine. Electric cooperative employees and their immediate families are not eligible for the prize giveaways.

How to enter

Visit to cast your vote.

Prize Package

Winners will be chosen randomly from a drawing of entries received. Three grand prizes will be awarded (one each from Northern, Central and Southern Illinois) to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.


  1. Route 66 Restaurant
  2. Family-Friendly Dining
  3. Buffet
  4. Home/Country Cooking
  5. Milkshake/Ice Cream Shop
  6. Barbecue
  7. Pizza
  8. Bakery
  9. Food Truck
  10. Hamburgers
  1. College/University
  2. Museum
  3. Performing Arts Venue/Theatre
  4. Place to Get Married
  5. Host a Wedding Reception
  6. Regional Attraction
  7. Festival
  8. Art Gallery
  9. Place to Take the Kids
  10. Day Trip
Retail Stores
  1.  Antique Shop
  2. Automotive Dealership
  3. Grocery Store
  4. Mattress Store
  5. Eyewear
  6. Furniture Store
  7. Jewelry Store
  8. Mall/Shopping District
  9. Seed/Gardening Store
  10. Shoe Store
  1. Financial Institution
  2. Heating/Cooling Company
  3. Roofing Company
  4. Real Estate Company
  5. Home Improvement Company
  6. Assisted Living Facility
  7. Optometrist
  8. Audiologist
  9. Hospital
  10. Dentist