Recognize THE BEST in Illinois.

Nominate your favorite businesses or locations

Now is the time to voice your choice. We’re asking readers to pick the top 28 nominees covering food, destination, arts, things to do…and the list goes on. Top honorees of the 2017 Best of Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards will win from three regions in the state of Illinois – Northern, Central and Southern.

You can vote for all three regions. For example, if you have a favorite fishing spot in each region of the state – Northern, Central or Southern – then you can provide an entry for each region. Please include the city of the nominated submission and exclude national franchise chains.

Official Rules

No purchase necessary. One entry per household. Ballot must be postmarked by February 28, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

This ballot is available on our website. Go to

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. Candy/Chocolate Shop
  3. Home/Country Cooking
  4. Milkshake/Ice Cream Shop
  5. Food Festivals
  6. Barbecue
  7. Pizza
  8. Desserts
  9. Hamburgers

Destination & Recreation

  1. Agritourism Destination/Pick-Your-Own Farm
  2. Fishing Spot
  3. Golf Course
  4. State Park
  5. Campground
  6. Bed & Breakfast
  7. Sporting Event

The Arts

  1. Museum
  2. Performing Arts Venue/Theatre
  3. Art Gallery


  1.  Place to Take the Kids
  2.  Scenic Drive
  3. Weekend Get-A-Way


  1. Antique Store
  2. Farmers Market
  3. Flea Market


  1. County/Regional Fair
  2. Festival
  3. Craft Show