NWH_Best of the Fox 2022_091722

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Loud Brothers 31

Black Orchid Boutique 43

Bet Chicago Sports 37

PWC Chiropractic 28

R&J Painting LLC 29



Raue Center For The Arts 14

Foxford Hills Golf Club ................. 43


Crystal Lake Travel 8

Double Take Consignment 5

Diamond Bath 45

Richmond Veterinary Clinic 20

Alden’s Kennels, Inc. 22

Tracks Bar & Grill 35



Well-Rooted Functional


Rusty Nail Saloon 26




Well-Rooted Pediatrics 32 Oak Interiors 13

Carriage House Antiques 9

Chop Suey Hut 29

LMM & Associates, Inc. 36



Echelon Computers, Inc.. 29

Howell’s Flooring and More 17




Althoff Industries, Inc. 41

Dynico Roofing 32 Eby Graphics 25

Lifetime Vision & Contact Lens Center 35

Nature’s Feed 32 Newspapers.com 23

Goal Line Sports Bar & Grill ........... 5

Crystal Clear Plumbing 9

Achieve Footwear 40



International Hairways 46


Quality Tire Service 17

Becky Kirchner, REALTOR, RE/MAX Plaza 33

Algonquin Sub Shop 28

Clarendale of Algonquin 48

Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center 31

Paradise Financial Partners ......... 32



Amanda’s Pup N Sudz 42

Cris Bimbi, State Farm Insurance Agent 21

Gulgren Appliance ........................ 28

Shay Boutique 31

Medicine....................................... 36


Engage Dance Academy, Inc 18 Epic Deli 45



Crystal Lake Brewing 42

Lakeside Healing Arts Boutique 34


Scholl Construction Company 43

McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.................................... 28

The Edge Fitness Clubs ................ 47

Red Jade Martial Arts 18

Paranormal Exploration Illinois .. 30

Arvidson Pools & Spas 8

Hoffman Orthodontics 28



A+ Dog Training............................. 38

Liberty Oak Plumbing LLC 47

Salon Cora 43


31 North Banquets & Catering ..... 12

Moms Not Forgotten .................... 47

Tommy’s Red Hots 9



Clean Bee Flooring & Upholstery Care 25

Friday Night Drive 40

La Pizza Via 29



2 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST

Decor Designs, Inc 29

Shaw Local News Network App 31

Appliance Marshall Repair 35

Starved Rock Country 44

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen 9




Cary Travel Express 15 and 40


Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse ...... 7 Gehris & Associates, LLC .............. 45

Kenny’s Floor Covering Inc 13

Murphy’s Flooring 27

Be sure to visit the advertisers below, and other McHenry County businesses, when looking for goods and services! Congratulations to all of those named this year’s Best and One of the Best!


UpRising Bakery & Café................ 47


Plum Garden.................................. 10

Best of the Fox 2

Betty & Beau Bridal Boutique 30

Cary Dental Associates LLC 7

On Angel’s Wings Pet Rescue ....... 43

Trinity Oaks Christian Academy .. 11 Movers 38


Fast Eddie’s Full Service Car Wash & Detail Center 3


HealthMarkets InsuranceTim Santos 31


Fox Valley Helping Paws ................. 5

Natural Therapy Wellness Center.13

Jameson’s Charhouse 11




Love Story Bridal ........................... 36

The First Hundred Miles 9


Eggville Café 45

Encore Music Academy 19

Rock Solid Builders, Inc. 19

The Dole 50




Valley Hi Nursing Home 14 Mattress 52






Pool Werks 45

The Glad Lamb 18

Monster Ink Tattoo & Piercing Studio............................................ 16

Shaw Media Marketing 38

Mars Insurance Agency ................ 42


Happy Hour Yoga .......................... 18


Gerstad Builders .............................. 6

Gianelli’s Drive-thru ..................... 45

Marj Carpenter, RE/MAX Suburban ...................................... 24

Organic Rootz 36

Index of Advertisers

Royalty Gymnastics, Tumble, Dance & Parkour 47



Conlon & OrthodontictsThompson 50

Northtown Auto Service and Tire Center 33 Northwest Herald 39


Innovative Home Concepts 51

C&A Auto Body 34

Worldwide Traveler Ltd 46 Performance & Coaching 47 Olde Corner Tap 42


Marvin’s Toy Store ......................... 27

Wholesome Petz 34

On Target Range & Tactical Training Center 50

Butcher on the Block 32


Stade’s Farm & Market 17

Mueller Interiors, Inc .................... 28

Nature’s Cornucopia 40



Fox Valley Animal Hospital............. 4

FOXTHEOFBEST3 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest It’s an honor, yet again, to be the car wash voted as the “Best of the Fox”. We’re grateful for the continued support of the community, over the past 24 years. SM-CL2007765 McHENRY 2150 N. Richmond Rd. 815-363-7100 HUNTLEY 10881 N. IL Route 47 847-515-2222 CRYSTAL LAKE 485 Pingree Road 815-477-7272 BARRINGTON 330 W. Northwest Hwy. 847-381-0530 www.fasteddiescarwashes.com CELEBRATING OUR 24TH YEAR! $2 OFF ANY FULLCARSERVICEWASH Does not apply to exterior only wash or deluxe exterior wash. Not valid with any other offer, coupons, or gift card purchases. One coupon per vehicle. Must be presented at time of service. Expires 11/30/22


• Veterans R&R Operation Wild Horse Horse Fair

• Fire Bar & Grill


• Aeon Gallery

• Twisted Limits Escape Rooms

Paranormal Exploration Illinois

• McHenry Area Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ

• The Dole

NON-PROFIT Best Moms Not Forgotten Mother’s Day Tea

KARAOKE Best Rocco Z Music

One of the Best

McHenry Fiesta Days

• EscapeQuest

One of the Best

One of the Best

• Main Stay Therapeutic Farm

4 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST SM-CL2009939 Fox Valley Animal Hospital, Ltd. Your Pet’s Personal Physicians Thank You for voting us one of the Best Veterinarian in McHenry County! 6115 Northwest Highway • Crystal Lake, IL 60014 • 815.459.0317 Located by Main St. Hours: MON-FRI: 8:00-6:00 SAT 8:00-2:00

• EscapeQuest

• Lakeside Festival, The Dole


One of the Best


• Double J Entertainment

One of the Best

One of the Best


• Twisted Limits Laser Tag & Nerf Arena


Millie’s Playland

Arts, Entertainment & ARTTravelGALLERY

The Starline Factory

LESSON Best Victory Voice

THEATER Best McHenry Outdoor Theater One of the Best • Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre • AMC Lake In The Hills 12 • Regal Crystal Lake Showplace



FOXTHEOFBEST5 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwestThank you for voting Helping Paws THE BEST ANIMAL SHELTER/RESCUE Fox HelpingValleyPaws Animal Welfare Association Founded in 1969 2500 Harding Ln., Woodstock, IL Phone: (815) 338-4400 www.helpingpaws.net “Our dedicated staff and volunteers strive to go above and beyond for our four-legged friends.” Second Chances Start Here Thank You for voting us One of the Best stores for kids! 6330 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815.444.8711 630.549.6284 122 W. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174 www.doubletakeconsignment.net PLACE TO LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC Best The Vixen One of the Best • Crystal Lake Main Beach • Raue Center For The Arts


of the Best • Rocco Z Music • Encore Music Academy • Jimmy’s Music THEATRE COMPANY/GROUP Best Theatre 121 One of the Best • Raue Center For The Arts • Williams Street Repertory TRAVEL AGENCY Best Cary Travel Express One of the Best • Crystal Lake Travel • Worldwide Traveler Ltd. PLACE TO WATCH LIVE THEATER Best Joe Diamond Studio One of the Best • Woodstock Opera House • Raue Center For The Arts 85 Brink Street | Crystal Lake | www.goallinesportsgrill.com815-893-0231 IT’S NOT BAR FOOD! ONE OF THE BEST BBQ Ribs, Burgers Sports Bar in McHenry Country! THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US! SM-CL2006966

Fun Fact


C & A Autobody

• Performance Unlimited, Inc.


One of the Best

• Discount Tire

One of the Best

6 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST SM-CL2011976

• Detail Pirate

One of the Best

Best Quality Tire Service

• Quality Tire Service


• Northtown Auto Service and Tire Center

• Smith’s Central Weddings and Events

This Best of the Fox section will also be published on the Northwest Herald’s website.


31 North Banquets & Catering

One of the Best

• Herrick Auto Rebuilders

• Adams Auto Body And Service Center




• Lincoln Farmstead

Northtown Auto Service and Tire Center

Fast Eddie’s Full Service Car Wash & Detail Center

• Unicorn Details McHenry

One of the Best


One of the Best

• Goal Line Sports Bar & Grill

• BBQ King Smokehouse

Best Tracks Bar & Grill


• Cullom Knoll

One of the Best



One of the Best


• Benedict’s La Strata

• Brunch Cafe - McHenry

Eggville Cafe

• Chop Suey Hut

FISH FRY Best Rusty Nail Saloon


Best Tracks Bar & Grill

One of the Best

• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli

• Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern

• Jexal’s Pizza & Wing-Zeria

One of the Best

• Goal Line Sports Bar & Grill


• Ye Olde Corner Tap

Best Plum Garden

One of the Best

More of what you need for a healthybeautiful,smile

• The Breakers Restaurant

One of the Best


• Cullom Knoll


ASSOCIATES LLC Thanks For Voting Us Best Liquor Store and Best Wine Shops! SM-CL2007420 BARRINGTON 340 W. NORTHWEST HWY. (ROUTE BARRINGTON,14)IL 60010 (847) 387-3676 CRYSTAL LAKE 320 S. VIRGINIA ST. (ROUTE 14) CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60014 (815) 459-4050 NORRIDGE 4601 N. HARLEM AVE. NORRIDGE, IL 60706 (708) 457-1000 PALATINE 15 S. BROCKWAY ST. OFF OF PALATINE ROAD PALATINE, IL 60067 (847) 359-0400 PROSPECT HEIGHTS 1 E. CAMP MCDONALD RD. (ROUTE 83) PROSPECT HEIGHTS IL, 60070 (224) 735-3991

• Tracks Bar & Grill

Best Wings Etc.

Moontime Smokin’ Que

FOXTHEOFBEST7 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest Come see why our office was voted THE BEST 6 years in aCallrow!Today! Check847-516-1100outourwebsite andcarydentalassociates.comatfollowusonFacebookandInstagram. Proudly serving the Cary and Crystal Lake area for over 34 years! New Patients Mention this ad and receive a free bleaching kit with completion of a comprehensive exam and necessary X-rays

Dining - Favorite Foods

One of the Best

• Rusty Malt

• Tony’s Cafe


Cary Dairy Ice Cream Café

MARTINI Best Bistro Wasabi

One of the Best

• Julie Ann’s Frozen Custard

One of the Best

One of the Best

Best Carlos Pancake House

• Ye Olde Corner Tap

• Dino’s Pizza & Pasta


• Brunch Cafe

• Tommy’s Red Hots

• Golden Rolls

• Tony’s Cafe

One of the Best


One of the Best

8 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST 13 CrystalLake Plaza CrystalLake,IL 815.459.2500 cltrave lagency.com Thank You forvoting usOneoftheBest TravelAgencies CRYSTALLAKE TRAVEL “VacationHeadquartersSince1960” SM-CL2007718


ITALIAN BEEF Best Gianelli’s Drive Thru

Gianelli’s Drive Thru

La Trinidad Restaurant

• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli

• Antigua Mexican Grill

One of the Best

• El Gordo Mexican Restaurant

• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli


OMELET Best Benedict’s La Strata

• Brunch Cafe


Fun Fact

There were 468 businesses that were named the Best or One of the Best this year!

FOXTHEOFBEST9 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest THANK YOU for voting us THE BEST Restaurant that uses Local or Organic Foods! 110 North Main Street Crystal Lake, IL 60014 • (815) 356-9980 SM-CL2006952THANKWWW.TOMMYSREDHOTS.COMYOUFOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST HOT DOGS! SM-CL2010771 Crystal Lake - 815-455-4966 Lake in the Hills - 847-658-4088 Woodstock - 815-337-7244 McHenry - 815-385-8817 SM-CL2013223 21 E Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake (815) 356-0240 Thank you for Voting us One of the Best Vintage Clothing and Furniture Stores! 820 McArdle Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-4876 • THEforcrystalclearplumb.netVotingUsONEOFBESTPLUMBERS! SM-CL2011467 for Voting Us ONE OF ThankYou! PIZZA Best La Pizza Via One of the Best • Uncle Jerry’s Pizza Company • Napoli Pizza Place SEAFOOD Best Seaside Prime Steak & Seafood by Paisano’s One of the Best • Port Edward Restaurant • Bonefish Grill STEAKHOUSE Best Jameson’s Charhouse One of the Best • Addison’s Steakhouse • Montarra SUSHI Best Bistro Wasabi One of the Best • Golden Rolls • Kyoto Japanese Restaurant VEGETARIAN Best UpRising Bakery and Cafe One of the Best • Breaking Bread Catering & Deli • Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialties

10 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST SM-CL2010819 Plum Garden Since1965 Celebrating55Years! Voted The BEST! WINNER!!! BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 BEST EGG ROLL - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 Northwest Herald’s Reader Choice Awards 815-385-1530 3917 Main St. McHenry, IL PlumGardenRestaurant.com 50% OFF ANY ENTREE! Plum Garden Restaurant 815-385-1530 3917 Main St. McHenry, IL Coupon per table/order Valid on Dine In + Carry Out Not valid with any other offerings Expires 10/31/22. THANK YOU! Your PG Family! :)

Dining - Favorite Places

One of the Best

• Epic Deli


Best Taste of Benedicts & More

31 North Banquets & Catering

11BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest Crystal Lake 5016 Northwest Hwy. (815) 459-4800 Open for Lunch & Dinner Bloomingdale 94 Stratford Dr. (630) 671-9090 Open for Dinner 7 days Open for Lunch on Sunday Woodridge 1001 W.75th St. (630) 910-9700 Open for Dinner Only Closed on Monday Vernon Hills 151 E. Town Line Rd. (224) 513-5642 Open for Lunch & Dinner Mt. Prospect 1702 W. Algonquin Rd. (847) 956-1500 Open for Lunch & Dinner Skokie 9525 Skokie Blvd. (847) 673-9700 Open for Dinner Only Monday-Friday Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Saturday & Sunday Huntley 12860 Del Webb Blvd. (847) 515-7675 Open for Lunch & Dinner Closed on Monday The SteakhouseBest in McHenry County www.jamesons-charhouse.comSM-CL2011071SM-CL2008741 THANKS for voting us Best of the Fox! 233 Trinity Oaks Way, Cary, IL 60013 | www.trinity-oaks.org LEARNING TODAY … LEADING TOMORROW! TRINITY OAKS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

31 North Banquets & Catering

One of the Best

One of the Best

One of the Best


Nana’s New York Deli

• Chop Suey Hut

• Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters


• Broken Oar Marina-Bar & Grill

• Roll N Donut Cafe & Douangchay’s Kitchen


• The Starline Factory

Best Plum Garden


One of the Best

• Rusty Malt

• The Lake House on Pistakee

• Hickory Hall Crystal Lake

Best Country Donuts

• Chen Chinese Cuisine

One of the Best

• Morkes Chocolates



• Meals Like Moms

• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli


• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli

Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant

One of the Best

12 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST • Weddings, Anniversaries, Showers, Engagement Parties, Private Events • Private Bridal Suite • Indoor & Outdoor Ceremony Options Have your event catered by the best caterer in McHenry County! Weddings • Grand Openings • Showers Family Reunions • Holiday Parties Family Celebrations Bar Service at a Location of your Choice Staffing Services & Bartenders for Hire Customized menus to fit your event! Thank You For All of Your Votes!!! experience 2012-2022 AWARD WINNING BANQUETS & CATERING ELEVEN YEARS STRAIGHT 217 Front St. (Rt. 31) • McHenry, IL 815-344-0330 located one mile South of Rt. 120 www.31NorthBanquets.com HOST YOUR EVENT AT OUR AWARD WINNING VENUE SM-CL2008760 Please call to schedule your private tour today!! Proud to be woman and veteran owned!

Best Paisano’s On Broadway Italian Steakhouse

13BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest 3812 N. RICHMOND RD., (RT 31), JOHNSBURG • (815) 385-4069 WWW.KENNYSFLOORS.COM NOW OFFERING SHOP AT HOME SERVICE Our showroom is cleaned and sanitized daily!SM-CL2007734 Family owned and operated We would like to CUSTOMERSALLTHANKOUR for voting us one of the BEST flooring stores in McHenry County! WE MAKE GETTING A NEW FLOOR EASY INSTALLATIONSEXPERT Carpet • Vinyl • Wood • Vinyl Plank • Ceramic Commercial and Residential 171 S. Main Street | Unit C | Crystal Lake, IL | WhiteOakInteriors.com | 847-854-8892 Best Interior Designer | 2021 Best of the Fox At White Oak Interiors we love working with all clients to create functionalunique,design and décor especiallypersonalizedforthem. Thank Youfor your vote! One of the Best Interior Design | 2022 Best of the Fox SM-CL2007761 The Best TherapyMassageCenter! 1307 Court Street McHenry, IL 60050forThanksmchenrymassage.com(815)385-8190(815)385-8190forvotingussince2011! We appreciate your confidence with our services. Thank you McHenry County for voting us: • Massage Therapy • Acupuncture • Prenatal Massage • Lymphatic Drainage • Pain Relief Therapy Center!

Best Crystal Lake Brewing

• 1776 Restaurant


One of the Best 1776 Restaurant Montarra

KIDS MENU Best Eggville Cafe


One of the Best Carlos River Cafe El Niagara

• Scorched Earth Brewing Company

Best Tony’s Cafe

One of the Best Holzlager Brewing Company

One of the Best

Best Region Kitchen + Bar


One of the Best Brunch Cafe - McHenry Windhill Pancake Parlor



One of the Best Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant da Baffone Cucina Italiana

• Epic Deli

UpRising Bakery and Cafe

• Breaking Bread Catering & Deli



Best El Gordo Mexican Restaurant

• da Baffone Cucina Italiana


One of the Best

14 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST Greatrea 2 0 2 2 - 2 3 S e a s o n EntertainmenRICH ANDELGINJANEFLEETWHEARTACHECATLUCY'SGREENROOMDAVIDMANIA:BENJAMINSEDARISIMPROVSTEVENSTONIGHTOODMAXLYNCHSYMPHONYMORE!THEABBATRIBUTETRIBUTESTAND-UPCOMEDY RCSA Fall Class Enrollment Open Now! Learn more at rauecenter.org/education THANKS FOR VOTING US ONE BEST!OF THE SM-CL2012331 NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Best Fire Bar & Grill One of the Best • Sunnyside Tavern • Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING Best Tony’s Cafe One of the Best • Rusty Nail Saloon • Cullom Knoll RESTAURANT THAT USES LOCAL OR ORGANIC FOODS Best Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen One of the Best • UpRising Bakery and Cafe • 1776 Restaurant SPORTS BAR Best 3D-Sideouts One of the Best • Goal Line Sports Bar & Grill • Offsides Sports Bar & Grill SUB SHOP Best Algonquin Sub Shop One of the Best • Breaking Bread Catering & Deli • Epic Deli TAVERN/PUB Best Labemi’s Tavern & Restaurant One of the Best • The Gambler • Ye Olde Corner Tap Valley Hi offers: • Respiratory • Cardiac • Pulmonary • Physiatry • Short Term Rehabilitation • Restorative Programming 2406 Hartland WoodstockRoad, 815-338-0312 SM-CL2013750 THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST SENIOR LIVING FACILITY IN MCHENRY COUNTY!vhnursing.comThanks for voting!


Best Lifetime Vision & Contact Lens Center One of the Best • Coventry Eyecare Associates Ltd • Johnson Eye Care FITNESS STUDIO Best XP Performance & Coaching One of the Best • 416 Pilates • The Edge Fitness Clubs HEALTH CLUB Best The Edge Fitness Clubs One of the Best • 416 Pilates • TruFitness

Best CrossFit AMRAP One of the Best • Cross Kicks Fitness • CrossFit Huntley DENTIST OFFICE Best Cary Dental Associates LLC One of the Best • Crystal Lake Dental Associates • Ridgeview Family Dental

15BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, and regional travel restrictions vary by ship and destination, and are subject to change without notice. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries. These may not be available during your voyage, may vary by ship and destination, and may be subject to change without notice. *Price is per person, in USD, cruise only, applies to select sailings, interior stateroom, based on double-occupancy, and reflects any promotional savings. 30% Off Every Guest applies to new bookings made between 9/1 – 10/2/22 (“Offer Period”) on sailings departing on or after 10/1/22 and provides 30% savings off the cruise fare for all guests in the stateroom. Savings will be applied to cruise fare at checkout. Crown and Anchor (“CAS”) Bonus applies to new bookings made between 9/1 – 10/2/22 to Gold, Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Diamond Plus, and Pinnacle Crown & Anchor Society members. CAS Bonus provides instant savings of up to $50 USD per stateroom on select sailings departing on or after 10/1/22. Savings amount varies by sailing length as follows, 5 nights or less, $25 USD savings; 6 nights or longer, $50 USD savings. Instant savings applied as instant rebate to the price of cruise fare at checkout when reserving, a valid Crown & Anchor Society membership number must be included in the reservation. Instant savings do not apply to China departures. Nonrefundable Deposit Bookings (“NRDB”): All deposit payments for NRDB bookings made after 5/31/22 are non-refundable from the time of booking. Offer open to residents of US, Canada, Puerto Rico and select countries in the Caribbean. Prices and offers are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to www.RoyalCaribbean.com for complete terms and conditions. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update fares, fees, and surcharges at any time without prior notice. ©2022 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships’ registry: Bahamas. 212004940 • 8/17/2022 It’s time to cross another vacay adventure off your bucket list. Stroll the quaint cobblestoned streets of Europe’s historic villages and cities, discover the ruins of ancient civilizations on a trek through Mexico’s jungles, or take on next-level thrills and jawdropping entertainment onboard our wow-worthy fleet. And take advantage of bold savings, like 30% off for your whole travel crew. Also, Crown & Anchor® Society members get to enjoy an additional bonus of up to $50 off. Come Seek the Royal Caribbean®. Tortola, British Virgin Islands 30% OFF EVERY GUEST * Congratulations to Cary Travel Express on 2022 Best of the Fox ~ Travel Agency! For reservations and information, contact us today. Hurry, offer valid September 1 – October 2, 2022! (847) 639-3300 | www.carytravelexpress.com

Best PWC Chiropractic One of the Best • A to Z Chiropractic & Physical Therapy • ACT for Wellness



16 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST



• Organic Rootz


• Crystal Lake Health Food Store

One of the Best

Best Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy

• Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation for McHenry County

One of the Best

17BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest THANK YOU! for Voting Us the BEST TIRE STORE and one of the BEST AUTO REPAIR MECHANICS! Exemplary Customer Service 60+ yrs of Experience - IL Emissions Testing Facility - Maintenance Service & Repairs - XL Fleet Vehicle Service - Tires (new & used) - Wheels Quality Tire Service 2420 Hiller Ridge - Johnsburg, IL (815) www.QualityTireServiceJohnsburg.com344-2573 Family owned and operated, superior customer service Thank You! For Voting Us One of “The Best” apple orchards in McHenry County Pick Your Own Apples Opening Friday August 26 Shade’s of Autumn Fall Festival Open Weekends September 3 - October 30 3709 Miller Rd. McHenry, IL 60051 www.stadefarm.com815-675-6396 SM-CL2009970 Stade’s Farm & Market Stade’s Shades of Autumn Fall Festival Thank You! 21 Years in a Row Thank You for Your Vote!!! The best flooring and one of the best carpet cleaners We sincerely appreciate your business New Flooring Sales & Installation Carpet Cleaning • Area Rugs • Upholstery • Tile & www.howellsflooringandmore.comGroutFamily owned and operated since 1972 370 E. Prairie Street Suite 3 Crystal Lake, IL 815-459-008360014 Whether cleaning or replacing... call the name you have trusted for over 50 years!

One of the Best

• Barry A. Altshuler MD

One of the Best

• Athletico Physical TherapyCrystal Lake

• A to Z Chiropractic & Physical Therapy


• Hoffman Orthodontics

One of the Best

One of the Best

Well-Rooted Functional Medicine

• Dr. Gregory F. Kubik, Orthodontist



• Harmony Falls Massage Clinic

• Clarendale of Algonquin

Best Conlon Thompson Orthodontics

• Given Sports & Physical Therapy



• Well-Rooted Pediatrics

Best Nature’s Cornucopia

Best Natural Therapy Wellness Center

• The Functional Wellness Clinic

One of the Best

Best Pediatric Associates of Barrington

• Children’s Medical Group, S.C.

Best Shepherd Premier Senior Living

18 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST Thank You Thank you for voting us one of the best pilates studios and best yoga. 1500 Carlemont Drive Suite B Crystal Lake, IL 60014 • 815.687.4100 Open all Week! Check classes for hours and availability SM-CL2006450 Thanks for voting us the Best Dance Studio - Instruction! SM-CL2008452 5186 Northwest Highway, Suite 115, Crystal Lake, IL Tel: 815-477-0033 Fax: 815-477-1580 Email: engagedanceacademy@outlook.com www.engagedanceacademy.com SM-CL2009975 for voting us one of THE BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO'S in McHenry County. 3925 Main St McHenry Thank You redjadedaniel-san.webnode.com Thank You for Voting for Us! We are honored to be painting@thegladlamb.com • (815) 814-3115 One of the BEST PAINTERS in McHenry County! PILATES STUDIO Best 416 Pilates One of the Best • Happy Hour Yoga • Pilates Body by Kirsten SENIOR LIVING Best Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation for McHenry County One of the Best • Lake Barrington Woods • Shepherd Premier Senior Living YOGA Best Happy Hour Yoga One of the Best • Sweet Feet Yoga • Melt Pilates & Hot Yoga House & Home - Retail APPLIANCE STORE Best Gulgren Appliance One of the Best • Ehrke’s Appliance • Grand Appliance and TV FLOORING Best Howell’s Flooring and More One of the Best • Kenny’s Floor Covering Inc • Murphy’s Flooring FURNITURE Best A-Z Interiors One of the Best • Amish Furniture Gallery • Mueller Interiors, Inc.

PAINT Best Sherwin-Williams Paint Store

• JC Licht Benjamin Moore Paint & Decor Store Crystal Lake

• Ace Hardware McHenry

• Bed Mart

• Paint Plus Hardware

• Harms Farm & Garden Center



One of the Best

Best A-Z Interiors

When the Best of the Fox contest began in 2002, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the United States was $1.36!

19BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest SM-CL2007811 We did it again! 13 Years Running! DECKS • PERGOLAS • GAZEBOS • SCREEN ROOMS McHenry • Phone 815-363-7133 • Fax 815-363-9956 www.RockSolidBuildersInc.com “IL & WI’s Premier Deck Builder” Thank you for voting Rock Solid Builders “The Best” Deck Builders for the 13th year in a row! Thank you to our amazing students, members, faculty, staff and board for making Encore Music Academy one of The Best in Music Lessons Home of EMA Youth Orchestra, Encore Youth Choir, and Voice in Harmony 87 North Williams Street Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 356-7464

One of the Best


One of the Best

• The Home Depot

One of the Best


Ziegler’s Ace Hardware

Fun Fact

• Donahue Furniture Co.

• Platt Hill Nursery

Verlo Mattress

• Paint Plus Hardware

Best Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery


• Sassy Primitives Ltd

• Mueller Interiors, Inc.

One of the Best

• Appliance Marshall Repair

One of the Best

• Loud Brothers

House & Home - Services

Best Clean Bee Flooring & Upholstery Care

• Decked Out Builders LLC

• Gerstad Builders

• Above Par Construction, Inc




• Freddy’s Carpet Cleaning Plus

• Howell’s Carpet Cleaning Inc.

One of the Best

One of the Best

• Rutledge Fence Company


• Scholl Construction Company

20 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST SM-CL2008184 Richmond Veterinary Clinic Medicine • Surgery • Acupuncture • Laster Therapy Thank You The doctors and staff at RVC wish to thank everyone For Voting Us THE BEST Veterinary Clinics in McHenry County!!!! 9202 Main Street, Richmond, IL 60071 Phone: (815) 678-4700 Fax: (815) www.rvetclinic.com678-7202 Office AppointmentByHours

• Diamond Bath

One of the Best

Rock Solid Builders Inc


Best Scholl Construction Company

Gulgren Appliance

ELECTRICIAN Best Althoff Industries, Inc.

One of the Best

One of the Best

• Independent Electric - McHenry


FENCE Best Woodmaster Fence

One of the Best

• MasterCut McHenry

Best Innovative Home Concepts, Inc


• Ehrke’s Appliance

• Aronson Fence Co., Inc.

21BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest SM-CL2007821 Cris Bimbi Agency Team “Putting you number 1 made us number 1” BimbiCris CarlanderErica ThacherKathy RobertsNancy Cris Bimbi Email: Cris.bimbi.L8GQ@statefarm.com815-344-6444bimbiinsurance.com THANKS for voting us the Best Insurance Agent!


20 years of the Best

of the Best titles being awarded annually. The popularity of this readers’ choice contest has been so immense that Shaw Local has expanded it to more than a dozen Illinois newspapers within its network.TheBest of the Fox special section is not only a way of unveiling the winners to our readers, but also a way for businesses to thank their customers for those votes. For being named Best or One of the Best, businesses receive a certificate and may purchase banners, window clings, car magnets and plaques to promote their victories. What started as a contest just for fun has become an important marketing tool for local businesses and an anticipated section for readers every year.

23BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest

– Laura Shaw is the Publisher Manager of the Northwest Herald

Two decades ago, an idea was proposed in the advertising department of the Northwest Herald. Could a contest be developed that would allow readers to vote for their favorite restaurants, retailers and service providers in McHenry County? How would we get it to our readers, and what would it be called?

Fast forward to the present day. The Best of the Fox contest has been held online for many years, containing over 150 categories and more than 450 Best and One

To our 2022 winners, we congratulate and encourage you to keep up the good work! You help make McHenry County a great place to live and work.

To our readers, we thank you for taking the time to cast votes and make your voices heard. Although times continue to be difficult, we ask that you support our Best of the Fox businesses, and all businesses across McHenry County. If you are looking for a suggestion for a place to eat or an item to buy, or are in need of a personal or professional service, use this section as your guide. You’ll be glad you did!

The possibility that this contest could be launched by our sister newspaper, the Kane County Chronicle, was also something to consider. We wanted to create a name that could encompass both McHenry and Kane counties. One thing the regions had in common? The Fox River. And so, the Best of the Fox Readers’ Choice Awards wasInborn.those days, the internet wasn’t as important a part of daily life as it is now. Facebook was yet to be invented, and there wasn’t a website for anything and everything. It was decided that a full-page newspaper ballot would be created containing several categories and spaces to write in choices. A reader would complete and mail it to us, which meant Northwest Herald staff had to tabulate those votes. Manually. Although not the easiest to manage, we were able to make it work. Once we found a way to move the contest online, we did.

for voting us One of the Best Real Estate

7107 Pingree Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 in Algonquin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake Zurich and Palatine 815-444-6275 (MARJ) | Office: 815-479-6150 Email: Marj@MarjCarpenter.com

24 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST

Marj Carpenter



Having been a real estate agent in the Crystal Lake area for over 31 years, I know what it takes to ensure that a transaction runs smoothly. I pride myself on my professionalism and ability to help families just like yours. I utilize my passion for and knowledge of real estate to improve the lives of others. Whether buying or selling, I provide the best possible real estate services available in today’s market. You Companies!


25BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest SM-CL2008424 Clean Bee is honored to be voted the Best Carpet Cleaning Company, making this our 16th consecutive award! • The safest most effective cleaning and protection available. • Fair Square Pricing ™ • Give us the size, we give you the price. No hidden charges. • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeWe follow up with a call to every customer. • Specialized treatment of pet odors and stains. 11% OFF 815.578.0233 YOUR CLEANINGNEXTSERVICE Valid for any service of $199 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires February 28, 2023. Must present coupon at time of service. Fine Carpet/RugsCarpet Upholstery Tile & Grout Leather Wood The Cleaning Process offers the following services: • Cleaning • Appraisals • Repairs • Custom Rug Pads • Guaranteed Pet Odor Removal Every rug is unique, after thorough inspection and testing, we will match one of our 8 methods of cleaning to best suit your rug. YOUR NEXT RUG CLEANING Valid for any service of $125.00 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires February 28, 2023. Must present coupon at time of service. when you drop off and pick up at the Cleaning Studio 815.893.8155 FREE Valid for any service of $199.00 or more. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires February 28, 2023. Must present coupon at time of service. FREE basic pick up and delivery limited to McHenry and Lake County. 815.893.8155 PICK UP DELIVERY& TO ANY SERVICE OF $199.00 15% OFF HVAC Best Althoff Industries, Inc. One of the Best • Loud Brothers • McHenry Heating & Air, Inc. INTERIOR DESIGNER Best A-Z Interiors One of the Best • White Oak Interiors • Decor Designs, Inc. LANDSCAPE DESIGN Best The Barn Nursery Landscape Division One of the Best • Forever Gardens Perennial • McHenry Turf Services (INDOOR/OUTDOOR)PAINTER Best R&J Painting LLC One of the Best • Christophers Quality Painting • The Glad Lamb PLUMBER Best Althoff Industries, Inc. One of the Best • Liberty Oak Plumbing, LLC • Crystal Clear Plumbing POOL CARE Best Arvidson Pools & Spas One of the Best • Novotny Sales Inc. • Pool Werks ROOFING Best Innovative Home Concepts, Inc One of the Best • Dynico Roofing • C3 Construction Crystal Lake

26 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST Thank You, McHenry County, for your Continued Patronage, Support and VOTES!!!! We’re more than an award winning Fish Fry... try the rest of our menu! featuring: • New seasonal menu items • Full taco menu every Tuesday • Broasted chicken • Awesome filets • Homemade pizza • crab legs, lobster and shrimp specials • Saturday prime rib and surf & turf specials • Breakfast Saturdays & Sundays from 8am to noon atmosphere!Family-friendyBookyournexteventwithus: Birthday parties,anniversary&bridal & baby rehearsalshowers,dinners,funeralluncheons Visit us by car, truck, horse, tractor, bike, snowmobile “Remember...the trail ends at the Nail!” Located on the bike trail at 4520 Ringwood Road, Ringwood, IL 815-728-3017 • www.rustynailringwood.com Next to the Nail! FEATURES: DRIVE-UP WINDOW! 40 flavors of Cedar Crest ice cream! Signature "malts" and themed shakes"! We somethingofferforeveryone! • Big screen TV • Gaming - new, updated slots • Terrific outdoor patio and fire pit • availableCarryouts SM-CL2007731 It's a TRIPLE Play! The Gamblur…An Icon Returns! Located in beautiful downtown McHenry and established in 1984, the Gamblur is your home for delicious food and beverages and gaming! Combining the finest features of the Rusty Nail and Gamblur we can’t wait to reunite with old friends and ones we’ve yet to meet. ONE OF THE BEST: Ice FrozenCream/CustardCoffeeShops ONE OF THE Outdoor/BEST:PatioDiningTHE FishBEST:Fry ONE OF THE TavernBEST:/Pub Rusty Nail, Rusty Malts & The Gamblur all WON!


One of the Best

• Paul Hyland Salon and Day Spa

• Esthetics With MeFacial & Waxing Spa

• Paul Hyland Salon and Day Spa

One of the Best

27BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest Thank You for Your Vote 8 Years in a Row! 2020 S. Eastwood Dr. (Rt.47) • Woodstock, IL 815-334-5985 SM-CL2007319

• Lakeside Healing Arts Boutique


Denise Knochel, Salon Cora

• Beardsley’s Barber Shop

DAY SPA Best Salon Cora


One of the Best

• Paul Hyland, Paul Hyland Salon and Day Spa

• Claudia Heinz, International Hairways

• Ritual Facial Bar & Boutique

International Hairways

NAIL SALON Best Salon Cora

Trinity Oaks Christian Academy

• Paul Hyland Salon and Day Spa

• Queen Nails

Personal Services

One of the Best


• Salon Cora

• Slim’s Barber Shop

One of the Best

One of the Best

BARBER Best Frankie DeBarber’s Place Barber Shop

28 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST Thank you to all our wonderful customers who voted for us this year! We are honored and want to recognize our hard working staff for their dedication! www.algonquinsubs.com • 105 Filip St • 847-658-0680 • 847-658-0601 SM-CL2008345 Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Furniture and Home Decor Stores in McHenry County! 440 W. Virginia St (Rte. 14) Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815.477.0400 Thank you for a FiestagreatDays! SM-CL2008228 Hoffman Orthodontics www.hoffmanorthodontics.com 521 Devonshire Lane Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 459-3434 Thank you McHenry County for Voting Us “One of the Best” StopOrthodontists!inforyour FREE Consultation today to see why we were chosen “One of the Best.” SM-CL2008322 NWHerald.com ShawLocal.com Voted 2022 Best Appliance Store & Appliance Repair in McHenry County! SM-CL2007399 X Rt.14Rt.176 OakSt. Rt.31 FamilyOwned&OperatedInCrystalLakeSince1959 424 W. TerraCotta Ave. (Rt.176&Oak) CrystalLake 815-459-4380 SALES•SERVICE• PARTS “We Thank you for your continued support!” SALES • SERVICE • PARTS

29BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest CATERING • TAKE OUT • DELIVERY • DINE IN Thank you for Voting Us The Best Pizza 914••••••ALSOYorkHavenLettofamilyLaWWW.LAPIZZAVIA.COMORDER224.888.8100ONLINETODAY!PizzaViaisanindependentownedrestaurantdedicatedthecraftofpizzamaking.ustakeyouonatripfromNewtoChicago,stoppinginNewCityandDetroitalongtheway!FEATURING:StuffedBreadsCalzonesGarlicKnotsPastasGreatSaladsAppetizers&DessertsROUTE22,FOXRIVERGROVE Open Daily For Lunch And Dinner Closed Mondays SM-CL2011213 Thank You for Voting Us The Best Painting Company in McHenry County for the Last Five Years! C O M P U T E S , I N C 7510 Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-455-6200 www.echeloncomputers.net SAVE 25% on labor on all service (excludes data recovery services) Expires September 30, 2023 • Computer Service • Used Computers • Great Customer Service SM-CL2007680 The Best Computer Repair in McHenry County! Thanks for Voting for us again!

Animal Shelter

One of the

Best Alden’s


Best • On Angels’ Wings - Pet Rescue & Resale Store • K9s4U Dog Rescue

One of the Best



Fun Fact

Inc •

DOG TRAINER Kennels Inc.


Helping Paws

30 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST aka Mystic Chick PURCELLLOREN Thank You for Voting theExplorationParanormalIllinoisBESTinitsveryfirstyear! (847) @ParanormalExplorationIllinoiswww.MysticChick.net514-6290 on FB Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best FormalBridal/WearBoutiques! 121 East Calhoun St., Woodstock, IL 60098 www.bettynbeau.com One of the Best • St. Barnabas Christian Preschool • Noah’s Ark Preschool TATTOO SHOP Best Monster Ink Tattoo & Piercing Studio One of the Best • Area 51 Tattoo • Lost Lagoon Tattoo

One of the Best A+ Dog Happy Tails Ranch

Training •

Every year, a new theme color is chosen for the Best of the Fox. This year was purple, last year was royal blue. Can you guess what next year’s color will be?

• Fur the Love of Dogs Paws on Pingree

DOGGIE DAY CARE Alden’s Kennels Inc.

31BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest SM-CL2013626 3910 Main St. McHenry, IL 60050 (815) www.loudbrothers.com271-5297 Thank you to the Northwest Herald readers and to all of our fantastic customers for naming Loud Brothers one of the best for Electrician and HVAC “Our Family’s Mission is Your Family’s Comfort!” • Residential • Commercial • Industrial SM-CL2007686 Flower Shop, Nursery, and Garden Center 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rt. 176), Crystal Lake 815.459.8130 • www.countrysideflowershop.com Hours: Open Daily 9-6 Sunday 9-5 Thank You for Voting Us The Best Garden Center! Check Out Our cut flower garden and take home a fresh bouquet today! $10, $15 & $20 Now Open Daily 10 – 4 New locationElburnopeningSept1! SM-CL2008766 Voted 2022 One of the Best in McHenry 1222SANTOSInsuranceCounty!AgenciesAGENCYNGREENSTMCHENRYIL60050815-271-5438 NWHerald.com | ShawLocal.com COME IN AND SEE WHY WE WERE VOTED ONE OF THE BOUTIQUES!CLOTHINGBEST SM-CL2010960 48 BRINK ST, CRYSTAL LAKE • 815-444-6460

32 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST Dynico Roofing Roofing • Siding • Gutters “Prehistoric 815-385-2102Prices”We’reProud to have been Voted THE BEST Roofing Company in McHenry County! SM-CL2007757 Securities offered through OneAmerica Securities, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA, SIPC. Paradise Financial Partners is not an affiliate of OneAmerica Securities and is not a broker dealer or Registered Investment Advisor. 2400-A Johnsburg Road | Johnsburg, IL 60051 815-363-1117 Office • 815-363-1118 Fax • www.paradisefinancial.biz Helping you make your dreams come true. Thank you McHenry County for voting us One Of The Best Financial Advisor In Mchenry County For 2022. We appreciate your confidence with our services. SM-CL2007754 390 Congress Parkway Suite J, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-322-9300 • Well-Rootedwellrootedpediatrics.comPediatrics One of the Best Holistic Care for voting us Thank you SM-CL2006776 2440 Westward Dr., Unit C • Spring Grove • www.naturesfeed.net815-675-2008 SM-CL2010446 Bring in this ad for a free gift with your purchase! Thank You! For Voting Us “The Best” Feed and Seed Store & One of the Best Pet Stores. We are honored to serve our community for over 13 years and to be your trusted source for all your pet’s needs!

Fun Fact

This year, 110,526 votes were cast for hundreds of local businesses! This was an increase of over 5,000 votes from last year.

33BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest 36k Mile/36 Month Parts & Labor Warranty Complimentary Roadside Assistance Protection Fleet Accounts Welcome Loyalty Rewards Program 0% Financing Available Complimentary Digital Safety Inspections Photos and videos sent to your phone Now Offering Wheelchair Lift Service Certified mobility equipment specialist Experts in Diagnostics The highest technical expertise you will find Thank you to our wonderful customers for voting us #1 3800 McCullom Lake Road, McHenry, IL 60050 815-363-2886 northtownautoservice.com “The Most Recommended & Reviewed Auto Repair Center in McHenry County” SM-CL2007751 FEED AND SEED Best Nature’s Feed One of the Best • Thomas’ Tails • Wholesome Petz Marengo Pet Supplies PET GROOMER Best Amanda’s Pup N Sudz One of the Best • Fur the Love of Dogs Inc • Lavage Pet Spa PET KENNEL Best Alden’s Kennels Inc. One of the Best • Paws on Pingree • Fur the Love of Dogs Inc PET STORE Best Reese’s Barkery & Pawtique One of the Best • Nature’s Feed • Thomas’ Tails VETERINARIAN Best Richmond Veterinary Clinic One of the Best • Fox Valley Animal Hospital • Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center Thank you for voting us The Best Real Estate Company! Re/Max Plaza 112 North Benton St., Woodstock, IL 60098 (205) 365-5113 rebeccakirchner.remax.com

34 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST FEED AND SEED! The VERY BEST for your PET Downtown Marengo 101 N State Street, Marengo, IL 60152 815-596-1500 (815) 354-1652 401 Country Club RD Suite 305 Thank You For Voting Us One Of The Best Day Spas! Take time to disconnect from the pressures of everyday life and reconnect with your inner peace Lakeside Healing Arts Boutique’s aspiration is to create a tranquil environment for clients to relax and unwind wile receiving customized health and wellness services. Crystal Lake SM-CL2011402 for voting us the Best auto body repair 2 years in a row! THANK YOU • AUTO BODY REPAIR & REFINISHING • CARS & TRUCKS • DOMESTIC & FOREIGN • INSURANCE WORK • FIBERGLASS WORK • FREE ESTIMATES • PDR • EXPERT ON-SITE MIXING AND TINTING LAB • FEATURING CHIEF EZ-LINER FRAME STRAIGHTENING RACK WE’LL MAKE YOU HAPPY! FAMILY OWNED & SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1972 WWW.CA-AUTOBODY.COM @C&AAUTOBODY DEREK & DAN GRAFF 815-728-0144 CAAUTO@COMCAST.NET 7140 BARNARD MILL RD. WONDER LAKE, IL SERVINGPROUDTOBEOURCOMMUNITYFOR50YEARS!

• Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care

35BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest SM-CL2012948 Lamont M. Sprague, OD Kaitlyn Sprague Keller, OD, FAAO Tyler L. Doersam, OD Sidra Ahmad, OD www.lifetimevision2020.com SM-CL2010930 The Doctors and Staff Would Like to Thank you for Voting Us the Best of the Fox 2022 “Best Eye Doctor” *Please note we do not service any LG or Samsung kitchen appliances* Thank You for Voting for Us! (847)829-4201 Top Notch Service for your High End Appliances Servicing the NW Suburbs for 14 years countingand appliancemarshall.com

Professional Services


• Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory

• The Law Offices of Lee & Wombacher

One of the Best


• Sustainable Staffing Inc.

Chris Dunlap, Dunlap Financial Services

One of the Best

• Integrity Financial


• ProFix Computer Repair

• Taradash Johnson Janezic



LMM & Associates, Inc.

One of the Best

Gehris & Associates, LLC

• Working World Staffing Services



One of the Best


• JL Accounting Inc

One of the Best


Cris Bimbi - State Farm Insurance Agent



One of the Best

• Paradise Financial Partners

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Crystal Lake

Echelon Computers Inc.

• Corp It Dept

• John W. Huff CPA

Best Express Employment Professionals


of the Best • Dreiske Moving & Storage • Two Men and a Truck


Best Ashley Klemm Photography




of the Best • K Adams Foto • 400 Ft and Below Photography PRINTING AND SIGNAGE Best Eby Graphics One of the Best • FASTSIGNS • Minuteman Press

36 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST “Thank you for voting for us this year! We are appreciative of your votes! GUILT FREE & Delicious! Offering the very best health foods and supplements. Only organic juice & smoothie bar in Barrington & McHenry county. organicrootzshop.comJUICEBAR•ACAIBOWLS•SMOOTHIES1202S. Main St., Algonquin 215 N Hough St, Barrington Locally productssourcedavailable. 847.387.4075224.209.8648FollowUsOn Thank you for voting LMM & Associates, Inc. The BEST Accountant in McHenry County for the past four years in a row! 4 YEARS IN A ROW! 11017 N. Woodstock St. | Huntley, IL | 847-458-2460www.LauraMraz.comWeprovideyou with successful tax and financial strategies to help improve your net worth, protect your financial security, and create prosperity in both personal and business finances. The Architect of your Business! SM-CL2006977 390 Congress Parkway, Suite I Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-355-1605 • wellrootedfunctionalmedicine.com For Voting Us The Best Holistic Care! Thank you Well-Rooted Functional Medicine SM-CL2009425 One of the Best • HealthMarkets InsuranceTim Santos • Mars Insurance Agency LIMO/PRIVATE CAR/ TAXI SERVICE Best Tommy’s Premier Rides One of the Best • A and M Taxi Inc.

My McHenry Limo MOVING COMPANY Best University Movers


ESTATE COMPANY Best Becky Kirchner - REALTOR ReMax Plaza

of the Best • The Bremer Team - Keller Williams Success Realty • Glacier Realty, Inc. • Marj Carpenter, RE/MAX Suburban

37BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest

38 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST We would like to thank all of McHenry County for voting us the BEST MOVING COMPANY FOR 2022! We appreciate all of our supporters over the past 35 plus years! Local,www.universitymoversil.comLongDistanceandStorage StorageAnd 755 Ridgeview Dr. McHenry, IL. • 779-444-2387 IL.C.C. MC 88419 US DOT 3464984 ������������������������������������ A+ Dog Training Successfully training McHenry County dogs for over 20 years! A Successful Team! CLASSES OFFERED: Thiscouponworth $25.00 OFF ANYGROUPCLASS NewClientsOnly-Limit1 PerCustomer.NoCash ValueSM-CL2007725 Thank you for your vote 5 years in a row! Puppy Kindergarten, Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Agility, Nosework & Behavior Modification

Retail - Food & Beverage

Best Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse

One of the Best

• Woodstock Farmer’s Market

• Winestock Market & Lounge

• Morkes Chocolates

One of the Best

One of the Best

• Americano


One of the Best

• Binny’s Beverage Depot - McHenry


One of the Best


• Mellie’s Chocolate & Co.

Blessed Little Kitchen

Butcher On the Block

Best Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse

Riverside Chocolate Factory


• Rosie’s Gluten Free Sweets, Inc.



• Sam’s Liquor & Wine

• Kalck’s Butcher Shop

One of the Best

• Konrad’s Bakery

• Pearl Street Market


• Hub Market

39BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest


Best Farmers Market+ At The Dole


40 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST 1AW Crystal Lake Plaza Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 444-7239 THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE BEST SHOE STORE! Naturescornucopia.com 1717 N Richmond Road (Rt. 31) • McHenry, IL 60051 815.385.4500 • Fax: 815.385.26967 Mon-Fri 9-7 • Sat 9-5 • Sun 9-3 Thank You for voting us The Best Health Food Store! SM-CL2010441 GlutenVitaminsHerbsCBDVeganFreeOrganics Celebrating over 50 years serving McHenry! Express ~ ALG Diamond Preferred Travel Agency on Best of the Fox SAVE $50 ON YOUR NEW APPLEContactRESERVATION!VACATIONValiduntil10/31/22CaryTravelExpressfordetails.toCaryTravelExpress~ALGChoose from an array of hotels and allinclusive resorts specifically designed for adults 18+ – from ultra-chic and modern, to laid-back and carefree. Make new friends from throughout the world, indulge in decadent dining experiences and rev up the romance. Apple Vacations makes getting there easy and affordable, with Exclusive Nonstop Vacation and Scheduled Air flights. Once you arrive at your destination, a Resort Representative will meet you at the airport and guide you to your complimentary hotel transfer. That’s the Apple Advantage! SM-CL2011105 Cary Travel Express 9 Jandus www.carytravelexpress.com847-639-3300Road

41BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest HEATING | AIR CONDITIONING | PLUMBING | ELECTRICAL “Phenomenal Service!!! Salesman was responsive and really cared about making us happy. Service Technician was top notch. I’ve found my forever home service company!” -Roberto B.RATED OUT OF FIVE STARS 49 Check out our 100’s of online reviews from your neighbors! THANKS FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT! Backed by over 60 years of doing things right… Hand It Off To Althoff www.althoffind.com | (815) 219-4695 | 24/7 Emergency Service Available: (800) 225-2443 WINNER FOR: HVAC, PLUMBING, & ELECTRICAL

• Pearl Street Music LLC

One of the Best

MUSIC STORE Best Siren Records McHenry

• Black Orchid Boutique

One of the Best

One of the Best

Kathryn’s Bridal & Dress Shop

One of the Best

FLORIST Best Locker’s Flowers The Best

• Verdant Sol

One of the Best

• Out of the Box

JEWELRY STORE Best Nelson’s Jewelry


• Rocco Z Music

• RISE Recreational Dispensary Lake in the Hills


• Twisted Stem Floral

GIFT SHOP Best mum117

Retail -

• Sugarleaf Hemp Dispensary

One of the Best



• Betty & Beau Bridal Boutique

SM-CL2011032 THANK You for voting us the BEST pet groomer!!! Voted 2022 Best Pet Groomer in McHenry County! 68 E Grand Ave Fox Lake IL 847-276-727460020

• Steffan’s Jewelers

• Dalzell Jewelers

• Shay Boutique, LLC

One of the Best

42 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest FOXTHEOFBEST SM-CL2008751 SM-CL2007378 Thanks for Voting Us ONE OF THE BEST INSURANCE AGENTS! 9 SE Virginia Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 • 815-459-0711 • marsinsurance.com Thank you McHenry County for voting us one of the best Bloody Mary’s, Martini & Tavern/Pub! We could not be more proud! 3901 Main St, McHenry • 779-704-2137

• Wildrose Floral Design

• Love Story Bridal

43BESTOFTHEFOX 202217,SeptemberSaturday,•ShawLocal.com/HeraldNorthwest 5657 Northwest Highway Suite C1 Crystal Lake, Illinois saloncora.com815-893-434060014 Thank You for Voting Us The Best Cosmetic Skin care, Day Spa and One of the Best Hair Salons 6800 S Rawson Bridge Rd., Cary, IL | 847.639.0400 | foxfordhillsgolfclub.com THANK YOU for Voting Us One of the Best Public Golf Courses! THANK YOU for Voting Us One of the Best Public Golf Courses! SM-CL2007237SM-CL2013967 6500 Northwest Hwy Unit 2D, Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-8170 THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE BEST RESALE SHOP & ONE OF THE BEST ANIMAL SHELTER RESCUE!

• Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center

• Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store & Donation Center

• Crystal Lake Antique Mall

• Kiddy Korner Children’s Resale

also may be more inclined to work with local vendors and start-ups than national companies that have global supply chains.

• Double Take Consignment

National retailers and other businesses follow a global business model that may not allow for much customization, but small businesses can provide products or services that relate directly to the needs of the communities they serve. These same small businesses

Konrad’s Bakery The Best

One of the Best



• On Angels’ Wings - Pet Rescue & Resale Store


Marvin’s Toy Store

On Angels’ Wings - Pet Rescue & Resale Store

• Roscoe Woodstock Antique Mall

• Blessed Little Kitchen

Unique reasons to shop at small businesses

One of the Best

Doing for others certainly has an impact on the person on the receiving end, but also benefits the do-gooders. A November 2020 survey by Union Bank found that 72 percent of Americans said supporting small businesses was more important than getting the best deals. That may be due to the feeling of helping out a neighbor.

Shopping at small businesses keeps those establishments afloat, and it also keeps their employees afloat. Small businesses are the largest employers in the United States. A person may never know when he or she – or a relative – will need a job. Keeping small businesses viable provides a strong job market for locals.

• Material Girl

One of the Best

One of the Best

Best Fantasy Factory Romantic Boutique


One of the Best

One of the Best

• Carriage House Antiques

• Starline Excursion Market

The feel-good factor

Create job opportunities

• Verdant Sol

Enjoy a more local flavor


The numbers don’t lie. Locally owned businesses may be classified as “small,” but they have a big impact on the national economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics report, small businesses created 10.5 million net new jobs between 2000 and 2019, accounting for 65.1 percent of net new jobs created since 2000 in the United States.Supporting locally owned businesses is a great way to support a neighbor, but that’s not the only attraction. Here are several reasons to shop small.

• The Running Depot

• Julie Michelle Cakes

• Antiques & Eclectics

These are just a few of the many reasons to seek out small businesses when in need of products or services.


SHOE STORE Best Achieve Footwear

• Heisler’s Bootery

• New Leaf Home Furnishings


Keep money in the community

The Small Business Administration says $48 out of every $100 spent at a small business stays in the community. Spend the same $100 at a national retailer and only $14 stays.


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