Oak Park businesses, organizations seeking 'Best Of' awards from Chicago Reader

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Businesses and organizations in every town want to be known as the best of the best. In Oak Park, they're working together to reach that goal. 

In effort to be recognized by Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll, a group Oak Park-area businesses and organizations have joined together to take home the titles in various recognitions across six categories. Within those groups there is a subset of categories that could allow for a combined 37-area businesses or organizations to take home the crown.

Rob Breymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, is one of the organization leaders promoting the cause. He said the "Best Of" designation could provide some extra publicity for the area and all it has to offer.

"We knew we had a lot of places in Oak Park we thought were legitimately the best candidates for those awards," Breymaier said. "We thought if we all got together we'd have a better chance. … It would really highlight the community that Oak Park is."

Since the Reader has a wide readership in the city, he thinks it could highlight some hidden gems Oak Park offers. Breymaier said the businesses that chose to participate in the contest were receptive to the idea of helping each other.

"I think it's definitely something that gets people interested," he said. "We got a lot of very positive responses."

Voting for the contest is underway and ends at midnight on May 24. To see which businesses and organizations are participaiting, and to vote, visit http://liveinoakpark.com/OakParkIsBest/.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and OakPark.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

1 Comment - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 15th, 2012 10:08 PM

So I should vote for the candidates that the Housing Center selected? This seems very strange.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad