Winners: Find your faves in 'Best of Chicago's Southland'

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We asked for your favorites - and you told us. Best burgers, best landscapers, best hobby shops and spas. Even which dentist offers the most pain-free experience.

in this section you will find listing winners of our 2011 SouthtownStar Best of Chicago's Southland contest in more than 70 different categories. See the Southland winners broken out by mini-region - south, central and north.

The SouthtownStar got the ball rolling last month by prompting readers to let us know their favorite places to shop, eat, go dancing, golf, get their nails manicured, and dozens of other choices — and boy did they respond. Ballots cut out from the SouthtownStar or done online poured in, keeping the staff busy tabulating the winners. But that’s nothing new, the popular contest has been going on for 15 years and for good reason, according to the SouthtownStar’s advertising manager John Doolin.

“All the feedback we receive year after year is positive and all businesses look forward to the results,” Doolin said.

Doolin sees the promotional contest as a win-win situation for SouthtownStar readers as well as for the businesses in the newspaper’s region.

“The ‘Best of’ let’s readers cast a vote for their favorite in more than 70 different categories, and (the section in the SouthtownStar) let’s businesses reach out to their customers — our readers — and showcase their goods and or services.”

In addition to being listed in this special section, those named in the contest receive a framed certificate and a window cling proclaiming them winners in the “SouthtownStar Best of Chicago’s Southland - 2011” to place at their business location.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the SouthtownStar readers who participated by casting their votes.