It's time to decide the Best of Chicago 2017!
Voting happens in two stages. First: Nominate your favorite local people, places, and businesses by filling in the blank in six sections and more than 300 categories. The four most popular nominations in each category will make it to the second round: a multiple-choice ballot to choose the Best of Chicago!
Do you, your local business, or other local favorite deserve be honored as the Best of Chicago? Find the category or categories where you or your favorites qualify: nominate, vote—and start promoting!
Nominations: Monday, April 24, 2017, at noon CDT until Friday, May 19, 2017 at noon CDT
Final Voting: Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at noon CDT until Monday, June 12, 2017 at noon CDT.
Winners will be announced with the Reader issue of June 22, 2017—online and in print.
Find your section
Use these handy shortcut URLs to link or point directly to your ballot page:
Arts & Culture: chicagoreader.com/bestArts
City Life: chicagoreader.com/bestCity
Food & Drink: chicagoreader.com/bestFood
Goods & Services: chicagoreader.com/bestGoods
Music & Nightlife chicagoreader.com/bestMusic
Sports & Recreation chicagoreader.com/bestSports
It is also possible to link directly to an individual category. To do that, go into the category (where it asks for "Nomination Name") in your browser and check the URL bar of your browser—usually at the top. The URL shown will end in #/enter?category= and a number. Copy the entire URL (e.g. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-of-ballot-voting-2017-poll/Content?oid=26245766#/enter?category=1015973 for Best pizza) and link directly to that specific URL.
In your campaigning on social media, use the Reader's Best of Chicago hashtag:
Use and share these images and video!
“Vote for us” images
Use these images on your web site or social media channels, or in your e-mails. Click here to download a ZIP archive of the two images.
For the web, e-mail, Facebook, etc.: 1067 x 717 pixel jpeg (shown smaller here):
Right-click or Control-click to download the file: BestOfChi-2017-Vote4Us.jpg
Call to action in motion for the web, e-mail, Twitter, etc.: 1067 x 717 pixel looping animated gif (shown smaller here):
Right-click or Control-click to download the file: BestOfChi-2017-Vote4Us.gif
“Vote for us” video
This is the same animation as in the gif (without the looping), but is suited for use on Instagram and Facebook (as well as Twitter and the web). Click here to download a ZIP archive of the video file.
Right-click or Control-click to download the file: BestOfChi-2017-Vote4Us.m4v
Advertise with the Reader
Previous winners have placed "Vote for Us" ads during voting. Be sure you stay on top of the competition by placing ads during this period. Contact the display advertising department by calling 312-222-6920 option 3 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.