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WHERE IT’S AT Automotive............................................... 4 Family / Specialty / Hobby................. 4 & 5 Food & Drink......................................9 & 16 Health & Beauty....................................... 21

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At the Herald-News, our mission is to serve our communities and make them better places to live. We are not alone, local businesses and our loyal readers play an important role in our communities. In September, we invited our readers to vote on our website for their favorite businesses, services, employers and more in the 2021 Best of Will County Reader’s Choice Awards. These are the best of the best according to you, our readers. We’re pleased to present this year’s Best of Will County Reader’s Choice winners….and we look forward to doing it all again next year.

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AUTOMOTIVE H AUTO BODY SERVICES H AUTO MAINTENANCE H CAR WASHH

AUTO BODY SERVICES

AUTO MAINTENANCE/ REPAIR

CAR WASH

John Lawson’s Auto Rebuilders Inc

American Motorsports

Clean Image Car Wash & Professional Detail Center

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One of the best

One of the best

Wrecks Auto Rebuilders Inc Auto Collision Experts Inc

Lawson’s Garage Inc Chignoli Auto Sales

FAMILY / SPECIALTY / HOBBY

Best

One of the best

Jack’s Car Wash & Lube Center Fuller’s Carwash & Detail Center Sparkle Express Car Wash Joliet

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BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE

BOWLING ALLEY

DANCE STUDIO

Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

Joliet Town & Country Lanes

BDA Dance

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Cemeno’s Pizza C.W. Avery Family YMCA

Plainfield Lanes & Escape Room Channahon Lanes

Vaughan Dance Academy Allegro Music & Dance Academy

Best

Best

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FAMILY RECREATION

GOLF COURSE

Fine Tunes Center for the Arts

Mistwood Golf Club Sanctuary Golf Course

Best

Best

One of the best

Axe Factor Throwing Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center

Inwood Golf Course

FESTIVAL / LOCAL EVENT

NON-PROFIT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

American Italian Cultural Society

Shorewood Hugs Chocolate Ball

Best

Best

One of the best

Witches Night Out Festa Italiana

FLORIST

PRE SCHOOL/ DAYCARE

Village Flower Shop

Kids Connection Preschool

One of the best

One of the best

Palmer Florist The Flower Loft Inc

Trinity Christian Preschool St Mary Immaculate Parish School

Best

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One of the best

Witches Night Out Channahon Three Rivers Festival

Best

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Thank you for voting me one of the

BEST MORTGAGE BROKERS OF WILL COUNTY

for 4 consecutive years!

"There are no words to express my gratitude for this community of people I am able to serve. Helping you accomplish your goals is my biggest reward. This high honor is more about you than it is about me. Thank you for trusting me with some of your biggest financial decisions." – Dave Holmes The Herald News Best of Will County Readers' Choice Awards Four-Time Winner (2018–2021)

David Holmes Senior Mortgage Loan Originator DavidH@MyOakLeaf.com P: 815-405-6002 24252 W Main St, Plainfield, IL 60544

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BEST MORTGAGE BROKER OF WILL COUNTY for 6 consecutive years!

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"This would not be possible without you!

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Thank you for voting me

Thank you to all my supporters for continuing to believe in me, my team and our mission to support local. To the Will County community, thank you for allowing me to celebrate this incredible milestone for a sixth time." –Joe LaGiglia The Herald News Best of Will County Readers' Choice Awards Six-Time Winner (2016–2021)

Joseph LaGiglia Senior Mortgage Loan Originator JosephL@MyOakLeaf.com P: 630-936-3242 24252 W Main St, Plainfield, IL 60544

NMLS ID: 703971


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Joseph LaGiglia

David Holmes

The Herald News Best of Will County Readers' Choice Awards Six-Time Winner (2016–2021)

The Herald News Best of Will County Readers' Choice Awards Four-Time Winner (2018–2021)

Oak Leaf Community Mortgage would like to congratulate Joseph LaGiglia and David Holmes for their outstanding dedication to this community and for earning this high honor. Thanks to all those who have trusted these gentlemen and the entire Oak Leaf family with your home financing needs over the years, and we look forward to continuing to serve you.

NMLS ID: 627900

779-252-2000 | Connect.MyOakLeaf.com | 24252 W Main St, Plainfield, IL 60544


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BURGER

FINE DINING

Milano Bakery Inc

Hamburgerseria

Syls Restaurant & Lounge

Best

Best

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Donut Den Home Cut Donuts, Inc.

Top Fuel Saloon Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Al’s Steak House Restaurant La Dolce Vita per tutti

BANQUET FACILITY

CATERING

FISH FRY

Jacob Henry Mansion

Bella Cucina Catering

Knights of Columbus 4400

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Renaissance Center Al’s Steak House Restaurant

Happy Belly Chefs Premier Catering /Renaissance Center

Top Fuel Saloon Croatian Cultural Club

BBQ

CHICKEN WINGS

FRIED CHICKEN

Station One Smokehouse

Top Fuel Saloon

White Fence Farm Restaurant

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Firewater BBQ & Brew Baby Back Blues BBQ

Hooters Big Pauly’s Wood Fired PIZZA

Syls Restaurant & Lounge Knights of Columbus 4400

BREAKFAST

DONUTS

GYRO

Crispy Waffle

Home Cut Donuts, Inc.

Mickeys Gyros

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Louis’ Family Restaurant The Southern Cafe Crest Hill

Donut Den Fleckenstein’s Bakery

Gyro Shack Johnny’s Beef & Gyros

Best

Best

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BAKERY Best

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BEST fine dining

BEST STEAK

one of the best fried chicken

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We Are “One of the Best” Thank You Herald-News Readers

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179 N. Chicago Street, Downtown Joliet (815) 723-2020 • ccvisiongallery.com

#1 Best Breakfast in Will County!

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THANK YOU

Will County for Voting Us “The Best” Thin Crust Pizza & “One Of The Best” Birthday Party Venues! 2021

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Thank you to all who voted M&M Bank the One of the Best Banks in Will County!

Where Community Comes First

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815-254-2500 1630 Essington Rd., Joliet www.cemenospizza.com

Thank You! For Voting Al’s Steak House & Banquets as having one of The Best Steaks and The Best Banquet Facilities in Will County! We are proud to be a part of this great community and to have maintained a reputation for serving the best charbroiled steaks in the area for 62 years! 1990 West Jefferson St. Joliet | 815-725-2388 | alssteaks.com SM-CL1927751


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THANK YOU

for voting us Best Insurance Agency in Will County 6 years in a row...

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Thank You for recognizing us as one off

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KEVIN MOLLOY

816 W. Laraway Rd, New Lenox, IL Laraway Ridge Plaza

The Best Accounting Firms in Will County!

815-463-5380

Helping you with your accounting needs for 64 years! SM-CL1927723 SM-AT211018_085239

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WE ARE PROUD TO BE THE “BEST” CAR WASH AND DETAIL SHOP 4-YEARS IN A ROW!

Family. Friends. Community. Rick Hakey, Agent 24048 W Lockport Street Plainfield, IL 60544 Bus: 815-436-5608 rick@rickhakey.com

We’re all in this together.

State Farm® has a long tradition of being there. That’s one reason why I’m proud to support all our local communities! Thank you for selecting Team Hakey Four Consecutive Years in a row Best of Will County!

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At Alden Estates of Shorewood, we want to say

to our patients and community for recognizing Alden Estates of Shorewood as one of the Best in Will County! 710 W. BLACK RD. SHOREWOOD, IL 60404

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BE BEST Large Employer Over 100 Employees BEST Healthcare Employer

This puts us in a very exclusive group of hospitals nationwide that have achieved this level of excellence in patient safety, patient outcomes and patient experience. So if you want award-winning care without the commute, trust Silver Cross Hospital.

1900 Silver Cross Blvd. • New Lenox, IL 60451 silvercross.org

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Earning the “Triple Crown” for healthcare – a 100 Top Hospitals ranking, a 5 -Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and an A for Safety from the Leapfrog Group all in the same year – is a proud moment for Silver Cross Hospital.

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of the Nation’s BEST Hospitals Just Got BETTER!


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HOT DOG

MEAT MARKET/BUTCHER SHOP

POOR BOY

Babe’s

Mitchell’s Food Mart

Merichka’s Restaurant

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Hey Hot Dog Joe’s Hot Dog

Tischler’s Market C P Meat Market Inc

Cookie’s Restaurant & Lounge Moe Joe’s

ICE CREAM / CUSTARD

MEXICAN FOOD

SPORTS BAR

The Original Walt’s Ice Cream

La Mex

Heroes West Sports Grill

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Cherry Bomb Sweets Hazel Marie’s

Habanero Mexican Fine Cuisine Friacos Mexican Restaurant

Double-J-Sports Bar Inc On The Rocks Joliet

ITALIAN BEEF

MICROBREWERY

STEAK

Portillo’s Hot Dogs, Shorewood, IL

Will County Brewing Company

Syls Restaurant & Lounge

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Beef Shack Babe’s Hotdogs

MyGrain Brewing Company Werk Force Brewing Co.

Al’s Steak House Restaurant CUT 158 Chophouse

LIQUOR STORE

PIZZA- Deep Dish

Binny’s Beverage Depot

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Best

Best

Best

Best

One of the best

One of the best

Iron&Glass Taproom & Bottleshop Joe’s Beverage Warehouse

Maurie’s Table Giordano’s

LUNCH

PIZZA- Thin Crust

Fit Foundation

Cemeno’s Pizza

One of the best

One of the best

Thayer Bros Deli & Grille Hamburgerseria

Big Pauly’s Wood Fired PIZZA Aurelio’s Pizza Joliet

Best

Best

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Thank You forVoting my Firm I am honored to continue to meet the legal real estate needs of the Will County community, and grateful you have entrusted me with your transactions. Thank you!

Because it’s not just a house, it’s your home.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE with PERSONAL ATTENTION

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING ME “One of the Best” in Real Estate! Buying or Selling..... work with “One of the Best”! Tony Ciancanelli 708-670-6334

tony.ciancanelli@exprealty.com

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THANK YOU for voting me as “One of the Best” Realtors in Will County for the third time in the last 5 Years!

Victoria Dillon

I am so grateful to have such wonderful loyal clients for the past 27 years! I am truly honored to be voted “One of the Best” Realtors in Will county! (815) 545-2121 cell victoriadillon28@hotmail.com

HALL OF FAME

Visit me on the web at www.VictoriaDillon.com Facebook.com/VictoriaDillonRemax

Call for a FREE market analysis and HOME STAGING of your home!

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Your Will County Marketing Specialist…Helping families since 1994!


to our Valued Customers for voting us Best Boutique and Gift Shop in Will County!

-Dr. Carissa Baranoski

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852 Sharp Dr. Shorewood.

815-530-9412 Poshwestboutique.com

THANK YOU for another great year! Window World of Joliet has proudly served the Joliet area for over 10 years. As a local, family-owned business, we rely on word of mouth and our reputation in the community to survive and thrive. Thank you for selecting us for a Reader’s Choice Award again this year! We are honored.

Call (815) 729-3100 for a FREE Estimate! te! Expect clear pricing and a no-pressure sales process that takes about an hour.

Visit our NEW SHOWROOM at: Window World of Joliet, 2363 Copper Court, Crestt Hill

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Women’s Clothing Boutique Specializing in Sizes Small-3Xl, Accessories, Gifts, Home & Seasonal Decor.

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“Thank you Will County! I am honored and humbled to receive this award. Thank you for trusting me with your care.

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THANK YOU FOR VOTING US THE

BEST IN WILL COUNTY! 25445 S Pheasant Ln ~ Channahon

815-467-7462

Individual & Business Tax Preparation Quickbooks Bookkeeping Taxpayer Advocate Service SM-CL1930834

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VAUGHAN DANCE ACADEMY Established since 1972

Teaching more than dance...we exist for your kids!

teamwork

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Thank you for voting Vaughan Dance Academy

motivation

One of the Best Dance Studios 24116 W. Lockport St. Plainfield, IL 60544 (630) 750-3238 • www.vaughandance.com

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CASA of River Valley is proud to be voted one of the BEST non - profit organization employers in Will County! Helping to Change a Child’s Story for 27 years. 3200 W. McDonough St, Joliet, (815) 730-7072

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BEAUTY SALON Best

Divas Salon & Spa One of the best

CHIROPRACTOR Best

Dr. Carissa Baranoski/Body and Spine Clinic One of the best

Anew Medical And Rehabilitation, Dr. Lisa Rubis Restore Health and Wellness PC

DENTIST

Best

Home | Elemental Care Health & Wellness Center One of the best

Emediate Cure Quick CareJoliet & Shorewood Dr. Molly D’Costa My Family Doc

HEALTH / FITNESS CLUB Best

Phantom Kickboxing & Fitness One of the best

CrossFit Mettle and Honor Inwood Athletic Club

Best

Malinowski & Sefcik, D.D.S. One of the best

Shorewood Family Dental Care Dr. Lauren N. Chan, D.D.S

EYE DOCTOR Best

Eye 2 Eye One of the best

Associated Ophthalmologists SC, Dr. David Morimoto & Dr. Aras Zlioba C&C Vision Gallery

PHYSICAL THERAPY Best

Athletico Physical Therapy - Shorewood One of the best

Lindsay M. O’Neal, DPT Three Point Healthcare

PODIATRIST Best

Essington Podiatry Group, Dr. Ada Paolucci and Dr. Andrew Wahl One of the best

Bailey Foot & Ankle Specialist PC Joe M George D.P.M.

SENIOR CARE FACILITY Best

ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR Best

Hinsdale Orthopaedics One of the best

Parkview Orthopaedic Group New Lenox Dr. Anuj S. Puppala, MD Dr. Michael D. Dorning, DO

PEDIATRICIAN

Alden Estates of Shorewood One of the best

Our Lady of Angels Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County

THERAPEUTIC SERVICES (Spa, massage etc.) Best

Blush Lash Studio

Best

Aschinberg Pediatrics One of the best

Dr. Douglas Ray Bierma M.D. Jercinovic Pediatrics/ Dr. J. Pediatrics

One of the best

Divas Salon & Spa CoCo Marie’s Lash & Wax Studio

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Bliss Hair Studio Salon Meta

FAMILY PRACTICE/ PRIMARY CARE DOCTOr

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HEALTH&BEAUTY

H BEAUTY SALON H CARDIOLOGIST H DENTIST H EYE DOCTOR


Thank You for Voting Me THE BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

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Allison Ramey REALTOR®

The Best Greenhouse of Will County!

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We would like to thank each of you who voted us for

“One of the Best” LAWYERS

We are grateful to be a part of our community and living by our motto: “Where quality is never outgrown”

Kaitlyn Copi

18061 Bronk Rd, Plainfield

(815)-436-6967 Bronkberryfarms.com

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Thank You to All Who Voted

~Jen & Kev

58 N. Chicago St., Joliet

815-723-8000

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BDADance Open your child’s heart to the magic of dance 815-439-9070 bdadance.com bdadance@sbcglobal.net

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Cordano, Severson & Associates, Ltd. was voted best Business to Business Employer.

Top Fuel Saloon was voted best Chicken Wings

Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. was voted best Heating and Air Conditioning.

Jacob Henry Mansion was voted best Banquet Facility.

Posh West Boutique was voted best Clothing Boutique and best Gift Shop

American Italian Cultural Society was voted best Festival/Local Event

Milano Bakery Inc was voted best Bakery.

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Silver Cross Hospital was voted best Large Employer and best Healthcare Employer. Fit Foundation was voted best Lunch

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Syl’s Chophouse was voted best Fine Dining and best Steak..


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Merichka’s Restaurant was voted best Poor Boy.

Malinowski & Sefcik , D.D.S. was voted best Dentist

BDA Dance was voted best Dance Studio

Carey Financial Services/Tom Carey was voted best Accountant/Financial Advisor

Blush Lash Studio was voted best Therapeutic Services.

Heroes West Sports Grill was voted best Sports Bar

Bella Cucina Catering was voted best Caterer

Bring it Home “Again” was voted best Resale/Antique Shop.

Mitchell’s Food Mart was voted best Meat Market/Butcher Shop.


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BrightDogs DogPark and DayCare was voted best Pet Services.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was voted best Deep Dish Pizza. American Motorsports was voted best Auto Maintenance/Repair

Portillo’s Hot Dogs was voted best Italian Beef.

Station One Smokehouse was voted best BBQ.

Fine Tunes Center for the Arts was voted best Family Recreation.

Clean Image Car Wash & Professional Detail Center was voted best Car Wash.

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City Wide Mattress was voted best Mattress Store.

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Window World of Joliet was voted best Local Home Improvement Service.


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Mickey’s Gyros was voted best Gyros.

Knights of Columbus 4400 was voted best Fish Fry.

Cemeno’s Pizza was voted best Thin Crust Pizza. Omega Plumbing was voted best Plumber.

The Wine Cellar Outlet - Joliet was voted best Warehouse Employer.

Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center was voted best Birtday Party Venue.

Elemental Care Health & Wellness Center was voted BEST Family Practice/Primary Care Doctor

Athletico Physical Therapy Shorewood was voted best Physical Therapy.

Exquisite Carpet Cleaning was voted best Cleaning Service

Alden Estates of Shorewood was voted best Senior Care Facility.


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ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery was voted best Industrial Employe

Dr. Carissa Baranoski, Body and Spine Clinic was voted best Chiropractor.

Rowland Animal Clinic was voted best Veterinarian.

Sanctuary Golf Course was voted best Golf Course.

Joliet Town & Country Lanes was voted best Bowling Alley.

Ragusa’s Promo Advertising was voted best Business to Business Service.

Aschinberg Pediatrics was voted BEST Pediatrician

The Original Walt’s Ice Cream was voted best Ice Cream / Custard.

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Joliet Catholic Academy was voted best Education Employer.


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CLEANING SERVICES

LOCAL HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE/ CONTRACTOR

Best

Exquisite Carpet Cleaning

Best

Window World of Joliet

One of the best

Dupage Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Inc. Carpet America Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

One of the best

R.E. Duchene Roofing and Siding SERVPRO of Joliet

FLOORING STORE Best

MATTRESS STORE

The Flooring Guys Joliet, IL

Best

City Wide Mattress

One of the best

Marchio Tile & Carpet M & M Custom Flooring, Inc.

One of the best

Turk Furniture Mattress Firm Shorewood

GARDENING / LANDSCAPING Best

PLUMBING

Bronkberry Farms & Greenhouse

Best

Omega Plumbing

One of the best

Vilt’s Greenhouse Bothwell Farms

One of the best

HEATING / A.C.

PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885 AMP Plumbing & Mechanical

Best

Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc. One of the best

Johansen & Anderson Inc. Lockwood Furnace Company

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PET SERVICES/ SUPPLIES

VETERINARIAN

BrightDogs DogPark and DayCare

Rowland Animal Clinic

One of the best

One of the best

Karol Mitcheff-Neybert, Mokena PetSmart Rowland Animal Clinic

Shorewood Animal Hospital Crest Hill Animal Hospital

Best

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Shorewood Hugs Chocolate Ball was voted best Non-Profit Annual Fundraiser.

First Bank of Manhattan was voted BEST Bank. Lightways (formerly Joliet Area Community Hospice) was voted best Non Profit Organization Employer.

Essington Podiatry Group - Dr. Ada Paolucci and Dr. Andrew Wahl was voted BEST Podiatrist

First Bank of Manhattan was voted BEST Bank.

John Lawson’s Auto Rebuilders, Inc. was voted BEST Auto Body Services.

First Bank of Manhattan was voted BEST Bank.

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Kids Connection Preschool was voted best Preschool/Daycare.

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Phantom Kickboxing & Fitness was voted best Health/Fitness Club.


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Bronkberry Farms & Greenhouse was voted best Gardening/ Landscaping.

Hamburgerseria was voted best Burger.

Joseph LaGiglia, Oak Leaf Community Mortgage was voted best Mortgage Broker.

The Law Office of Lisa Marie Raucci was voted best Lawyer/ Law Firm.

La Mex was voted best Mexican Food.

Will County Brewing Company was voted best Microbrewery.

White Fence Farm was voted best Fried Chicken.

Divas Salon & Spa was voted best Beauty Salon, best Family Owned Business Employer, and best Employer Under 100 Employees .

The Flooring Guys were voted best Flooring Store.

Village Flower Shop was voted best Florist.


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Allison Ramey, Realtor at Cally Larson Real Estate was voted best Realtor Kevin Molloy- State Farm Insurance Agent was voted best Insurance Agency.

Mistwood Golf Club was tied for best Golf Course.

Binny’s Beverage Depot was voted best Liquor Store.

Eye 2 Eye was voted best Eye Doctor.

Fred C Dames Funeral Home and Crematory was voted best Funeral Services.

Crispy Waffle was voted best Breakfast.

Hinsdale Orthopaedics was voted best Orthopaedic Doctors.

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Home Cut Donuts, Inc. was voted best Donuts.

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Babe’s was voted best Hot Dog.


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THANK YOU

Will County for voting us one of

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in Heating & Air Conditioning Family Owned and Operated Since 1932. We service all makes and models of air conditioners, boilers and furnaces • Licensed • Bonded • Insured Free Estimates on Installations

Authorized Trane dealer

www.lockwoodfurnace.net 2300 McDonough St., Joliet

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ACCOUNTANT/ FINANCIAL ADVISOR Carey Financial Services, Tom Carey

INSURANCE AGENCY Best

BANK Best

REALTOR

One of the best

Allison Ramey, Cally Larson Real Estate

LAWYER/ LAW FIRM

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS SERVICE

Best

One of the best

Tony Ciancanelli, EXP Realty Victoria Dillon, RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals

The Law Office of Lisa Marie Raucci One of the best

Copi Law LLC AuBuchon & Pennuto Law, LLC

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Bring it Home “Again”

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One of the best

Ask Dress Boutique Moody Blues Jeans Boutique

RejuveNate - Plants & Wellness Ask Dress Boutique

Audiophil’s Records Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Best

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David Holmes, Oak Leaf Community Mortgage Missy Trepel, First Midwest Bank

Best

First Bank of Manhattan

Plainfield Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce Cordano, Severson & Associates, Ltd.

Joseph LaGiglia, Oak Leaf Community Mortgage

Farkas Funeral Home Baskerville Funeral Home

Wermer Rogers Doran & Ruzon LLC Cordano, Severson & Associates, Ltd.

One of the best

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home and Crematory

Best

One of the best

One of the best

Ragusa’s Promo Advertising

MORTGAGE BROKER

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FUNERAL SERVICES

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One of the Best Auto Body Services In Will County!

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1815 Plainfield Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403 (815) 725-9999

We are very grateful to all who voted! Top Fuel Saloon

275 S. Hickory St. Braidwood, Illinois 815-458-3000 topfuelsaloon.com

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COME CELEBRATE WITH US! BRING THIS AD IN FOR ONE FREE GAME OF BOWLING.

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“ONE OF THE BEST” Mortgage Brokers in Will County! Missy Trepel

Residential Lender, NMLS# 576737 Missy.Trepel@firstmidwest.com FirstMidwest.com/MissyTrepel 815.774.2249

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Two Locations: Shorewood & Plainfield 815-577-9310 ext.31 www.trinitychristian.info

THANK YOU for voting Trinity Christian Preschool “One of the BEST” preschools in Will County!

901 Shorewood Drive, Shorewood

Thank You to our Readers and Staff for voting us THE BEST Employer - Business to Business & ONE OF THE BEST Accounting Firms and Business to Business Services. We are honored and grateful! 2016

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Greg Severson, BS, ABA, ATA, CPA, EA (815) 744-1900 • www.csatax.com 2321 Plainfield Road • Crest Hill, IL 60403

Cordano, Severson & Associates, LTD Proud Member and Co-Founder of the Will Buy Local Alliance

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winter INDOOR MAX PA PACK $20 in Game Play + 2 Laser Tag Games & 3 Indoor Amusement Rides*

Only $34.95/Guest

*Good towards Monster Hop or Bone Shaker. Tax not included. Not valid New Year’s Eve. See website for details.

new year’s eve family party!

Friday, December 31 6 PM - 10 PM $39.95/Guest $10 Game Card, UNLIMITED Laser Tag & Indoor Amusement Rides, New Year’s Buffet & Toast, Party Favors, Countdown & Balloon Drop Masks are required for this event. Advanced reservations required. Call 815-722-7800 or register online at hauntedtrailsjoliet.com

OPEN AT 12 PM DURING THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS BREAKS Closed Thanksgving Day, Christmas Eve & Day

1423 N. Broadway St. JOLIET 815-722-7800

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$5.00 OFF

FABULOUS OR ULTIMATE

FUN FEAST*

*Includes: Large 16” Cheese Pizza, Pitcher of Pop & Game Play (See website for package details.)

2021 1423 N. Broadway (Rt. 53) JOLIET, IL

Thank You For Voting Us #1 Best Preschool

AMERICAN MOTORSPORTS WE ARE PROUD TO BE VOTED

THE BEST

IN AUTO MAINTENANCE & REPAIR, PLACING THREE YEARS IN A ROW! Let your Child’s light shine. Voted Best in Will County 4 years running!

1741 Essington Rd., Joliet. 815-436-9799 • www.JFA.Church

THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US!

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Dine-in only. Limit one coupon per family, per day. Must present coupon. Not valid with other coupons or offers. Pricing and promotion subject to change. Not valid with Birthday or Group party packages. EXPIRES 12/30/2021

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THANK YOU Dr. Molly D’Costa

2001 Essington Rd Joliet 815-733-6888

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VOTED and to our outstanding team that makes this possible.

THE BEST DENTISTS IN WILL COUNTY!

to All of our Patients who Voted for us in the Best of Will County Readers Choice Awards

Malinowski and Sefcik DDS 903 129th Infantry Dr Suite 100 • Joliet IL 60435 815 725 1605 • www.malinowskisefcik.com

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Thank you for voting us One of the Best Catering Services in Will County!

Brian Bouton, O.D. • Be eth Ann Swetland d, O.D.

Specializing in Comprehensive Eye Exams, Diabetic Examinations, Cataract Evaluations, Full Glaucoma Care, Eye Disease, Eye Infections, Dry Eye & Eye Injuries

We accept Medicare, Most Vision Plans, Medical Insurances & Care Credit. We also have a large selection of Eyewear & Contact Lens options available.

Personal Chef • Catering • Private Dinner Parties • Cooking Classes • Care Package Meals www.happybellychefs.com

Eye 2 Eye Vision Center

@happybellychefs

2537 Plainfield Rd. • Joliet • 815-577-2020

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to our Amazing Community for Voting us ‘The BEST‘ in Funeral Services. Voted “One of the Best Employers in Education” and “One of the Best Preschools” THANK YOU! SM-CL1932101

Proud to be serving the community for 167 years!

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for voting us one of the best employers business to business in Will County again this year!

With Tidings of

20TH ANNIVERSARY

Celebration Saturday December 4th 9:00-3:00

Exclusions on certain products

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20% off Home Décor, gift items and Christmas merchandise.

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BEST EMPLOYER Business to Business

BEST EMPLOYER Healthcare

BEST EMPLOYER Warehouse / Logistics

Cordano, Severson & Associates, Ltd.

Silver Cross Hospital

The Wine Cellar Outlet Joliet

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Bella Fiori Flower Shop Inc. Palmer Florist

Eye 2 Eye Emediate Cure® Quick Care | Shorewood

Wilton Industries Amazon Cross-Dock Facility - MDW2

BEST EMPLOYER Education

BEST EMPLOYER Industrial

LARGE EMPLOYER Over 100 employees

Joliet Catholic Academy

ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery

Silver Cross Hospital

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

Best

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School University of St. Francis

IBEW Local 176 Pipefitter’s Local 597

Lightways Will County Sheriff’s Office

BEST EMPLOYER Family owned business

BEST EMPLOYER Non Profit organization

SMALL EMPLOYER Under 100 employees

Divas Salon & Spa

Lightways

Divas Salon & Spa

One of the best

One of the best

One of the best

Chignoli Auto Sales SERVPRO of Joliet

Will County Humane Society CASA of River Valley

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Best Clothing/Boutiques in Will County COME TO THE

2021

BLACK FRIDAY EVENT ON FRI. 11/27 & SAT. 11/28 Featuring a discount tree: Pick your discount 10%, 15% or 20% off your entire purchase PLUS one lucky winner will get the $100 gift card hidden amongst the discounts. FREE blanket for the first 20 customers to spend $250 or more.

1844 E Lincoln Highway • New Lenox, IL 60451 815-462-4144 • moodybluesboutique.com @Moodybluesjeanboutique · Women’s Clothing Store

Being voted one of the best restaurants in the steak category this year is quite an honor. We take the utmost pride in all we do and absolutely love that our community is taking notice! Thank you to all who voted for our chophouse and we hope to continue to bring the best toWill County for many years to come.

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Thank You to our loyal customers for

Voting Us

2021

The Best

Therapeutic Services in Will County! We couldn’t do it without YOU! ~ Love the Blush Girls

• Individual Eyelash Extensions • Lash Lifts • Facial Waxing • Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

852 Sharp Dr., Shorewood IL

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Best Burger and One of the Best Lunch of

Will County 2021

A huge thank you to all who voted! We wouldn’t be here without our wonderful customers and dedicated restaurant team.

2021

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FULL BEEF OR ANY SANDWICH AND A DRINK Get a Mini Fresh Cut Fry Free!* *Extra patty(s), bacon, condiments are extra. Offer is not included with any other specials or discounts.

PLEASE MENTION THIS SPECIAL WHEN ORDERING.

Size does matter - our Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches are 6 + oz topped with a brioche bun, freshly made-cooked to order, never frozen and delivered daily to the restaurant.

GRAZIE! We Are Thankful that you voted Festival Italiana as “THE BEST” Festival/Local Event

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR!! AUGUST 13-14, 2022

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! EXPIRES 12/15/21

Entertainment both days!

DINING ROOM IS NOW OPEN!

Come and see what everyone is talking about! American Italian Cultural Society 1918 Donmaur • Crest Hill, IL 60403

Monday - Thursday 11am-8pm • Friday - Saturday 11am-9pm • Sunday 11am-7pm

1606 W. Jefferson St.

815.714.2287 | www.beefshack.com

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For more details, call 815-725-7450 or visit our website www.americanitalian.org

THANK YOU JOLIET/WILL COUNTY FOR VOTING US “THE BEST ICE CREAM” IN WILL COUNTY FOR 6 YEARS STRAIGHT!!

YOU ARE THE GREATEST CUSTOMERS ON EARTH

1314 W. JEFFERSON ST.

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BEEF SHACK

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VOTED ONE OF THE BEST BANKS IN WILL COUNTY

We have THE BEST GYRO in Will County! 2017

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Drive up or call us at 815.730.2307 We have four Joliet locations 1301 Larkin Ave | 212 N Chicago St | 1415 W Jefferson St | 2801 W Jefferson St

1701 N Larkin Ave Crest Hill, IL 60403 Located in the Hill Crest Shopping Center

FirstMidwest.com

Member FDIC

Thank you WE ARE SO HONORED THAT BELLA CUCINA HAS WON THE BEST OF WILL COUNTY READERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST CATERER! WE CAN’T THANK OUR COMMUNITY ENOUGH FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR TRUSTING US TO BE A PART OF YOUR IMPORTANT MOMENTS.

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“ONE OF THE BEST IN RESALE SHOPS!” 815-319-2143

Keep being KIND … it’s working To our friends and families in Will County -

2021

THANK YOU! for Voting in the 2021 Readers Choice Awards. We are honored to be recognized year after year as

One of the Best Funeral Service Ser vice Providers Providers

Every day our commitment is witnessed first-hand by people like you who have lost loved ones. Every year it is recognized by colleagues and organizations locally, nationally and worldwide. We are of only a select few distinguished funeral homes throughout the entire State of Illinois to receive the National Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award as well as the Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction.

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PDM Plumbing is grateful to be trusted for generations. Since one year before the dishwasher was invented, PDM Plumbing has worked with you shoulder-to-shoulder, embracing the skills and service that stands the test of time. When you need help, call PDM, your trusted plumber since 1885!

SINCE

1885 PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING

Your Comfort Guaranteed! www.callpdm.com

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From Our Family to Yours Thank You Will County for Voting

~ BEST Beauty Salon ~ BEST Employer Family Owned Business

2021

~ BEST employer under 100 Employees ~ One of the BEST Therapeutic Services 707 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood 815-730-9359 divassalonspa.com Family owned and operated since 1997

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THE WORD HAS LEAKED!

Surprisingly great rates right around the corner.

VOTED

BEST PLUMBER

2021

2021

Bill Schuler, Agent 2018 Plainfield Road Crest Hill, IL 60403 Bus: 815-729-1321 bill@billschuler.com

We Thank You For Your VOTES! Serving Will County As Your Full-Service Residential And Commercial Plumber 521 Oak Leaf Ct., Joliet (815) 773-0808 omegaplumbing.com SM-CL1933286

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I’m your one-stop shop for the service you deserve at a price you want. Call me for surprisingly great rates and Good Neighbor service right in your neighborhood. We're honored to be chosen again as One of the Best in Will County! Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® Individual premiums will vary by customer. All applicants subject to State Farm underwriting requirements. ®

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CONSTRUCTION

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2021

— Quality workmanship since 1977 —

ROOFING • SIDING • FREE ESTIMATES • FULLY INSURED

Thank You for Voting Us

“One of The Best” in Home Improvement!

815-722-2821 Fax (815) 230-4943

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Voted One Of The Best Florists THREE YEARS IN A ROW

We are proud to be voted ONE OF THE BEST

Thank you Herald-News Readers!

Chiropractors in Will County.

Thank you! Follow us on

Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas to All. Be Safe.

Watch us on YouTube Dr. Lisa Rubis Channel

Schedule an appointment online by visiting our website anewmedical.com Call Today for Your Appointment

1327 N. Raynor Ave. Joliet | (815) 726-4441 PalmerFloristInc.com

(815) 207-7463

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R. E. Duchene Construction Inc. is a family-owned exterior contracting company with over 40 years experience specializing in residential roofing, siding, gutters, and vinyl replacement windows. We are committed to providing quality service, and the finest craftsmanship in the industry.


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