IllinoisTimes - Best of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-98-1-best-of-springfield.html Fri, 18 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Best of Springfield - Part I - Food and Drink Categories http://illinoistimes.com/article-13028-best-of-springfield-part-i.html Best of Springfield - Part I - Food and Drink Categories
Illinois Times presents to you, proudly, one more time, the Best of Springfield, as determined by our readers and the friends BOS wannabes recruit to vote for them. We had more than 12,000 votes this year – the largest turnout ever – and 140 categories, a third more than ever before. Thanks to all the voters who worked through a long ballot. We always ask readers to vote local, and...]]>
Best of Springfield - Part II - Arts, Entertainment, Business and People Categories http://illinoistimes.com/article-13031-best-of-springfield-part-ii.html Best of Springfield - Part II - Arts, Entertainment, Business and People Categories
 BEST GAY/LESBIAN BAR, BEST DANCE CLUBClub Station House306 East Washington St., 525-0438If you’re looking to cut a rug, Club Station House is the place to be. (In most circles, people just cal...]]>
Best of 2012 (Part 1) http://illinoistimes.com/article-10631-best-of-2012-%2528part-1%2529.html Best of 2012 (Part 1)
Welcome to BOSOften the news business takes us to the worst of Springfield, so we look forward every year to this edition, which brings you the best. In these pages, 72 of them this week, we celebrate...]]>
Best of 2012 (Part 2) http://illinoistimes.com/article-10632-best-of-2012-%2528part-2%2529.html Best of 2012 (Part 2)
BEST NEW BAND 2012BrushfireOur voters had impeccable taste in choosing this intensely hot country band, as this summer the group finished first in a national contest judged by country music industry h...]]>
The best dining experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-9249-the-best-dining-experience.html The best dining experience
RIP, CAITIE GIRLBest downtown dining. Most original menu. Best chef. Best-kept secret.And all gone.If there was a landslide winner in this year’s Best Of competition, it was Caitie Girl’s,...]]>
Food, glorious food http://illinoistimes.com/article-9250-food-glorious-food.html Food, glorious food
BEST ASIAN FOODBEST SUSHIBEST MARTINI NAMEBEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATEOsaka1665 Wabash Ave., 726-8037Osaka sure does a lot of things right. First things first, let’s start with the cocktails. We ...]]>
Are you being served? http://illinoistimes.com/article-9251-are-you-being-served.html Are you being served?
BEST BAR FOODBrickhouse Grill & Pub3136 W. Iles Ave., 546-2745219 S. Fifth St., (downtown), 679-1500 OK, you’ve got your cheeseburgers, your horseshoes, your nachos, your chicken wings, your...]]>
Imbibe me http://illinoistimes.com/article-9252-imbibe-me.html Imbibe me
BEST BAR FOR SPORTSBEST CHICKEN WINGSBuffalo Wild Wings2808 N. Dirksen Parkway, 670-00484420 Wabash Avenue, 546-9453Walk into Buffalo Wild Wings and there’s not a seat in the house from which yo...]]>
Entertainment & nightlife http://illinoistimes.com/article-9253-entertainment-nightlife.html Entertainment & nightlife
BEST BAND WITHOUT A CATEGORY Still Kick’nOh my goodness, the bull ran loose when no category for country band appeared in the 2011 Best of Springfield list. Immediately fans of Still Kick’...]]>
Capital city people & places http://illinoistimes.com/article-9254-capital-city-people-places.html Capital city people & places
BEST ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONAnimal Protective League1001 Taintor Road, 544-7387Springfield has at least five places where you can adopt an unwanted dog or cat, but Animal Protective League is, by f...]]>
Capital city biz bests http://illinoistimes.com/article-9255-capital-city-biz-bests.html Capital city biz bests
BEST BARBERCraig JonesUnique Blendz Barbershop, 2917 S. MacArthur Blvd., 528-4245If you’ve got to put your head in the hands of a guy with some seriously sharp blades, Craig Jones is the kind of...]]>
Off the grid http://illinoistimes.com/article-9256-off-the-grid.html Off the grid
BEST-KEPT SECRETFree knife sharpening at Schnuck’s1911 Sangamon Ave. E., 744-20122801 Chatham Road, 698-2980Sorry, dear readers, but perhaps you did not understand the question. Much as we loved...]]>
Off the grid - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7928-off-the-grid.html Off the grid - Best of Springfield 2010
More than 2,300 individuals participated in this year’s BEST OF survey, significantly more than in any prior year. We hope some of that interest came from a desire to answer the few curve-ball q...]]>
Biz Bests - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7930-biz-bests.html Biz Bests - Best of Springfield 2010
BEST BANK OR CREDIT UNIONHeartland Credit Union2213 W. White Oaks Drive, 726-8877720 S. Grand Ave. West, 726-88772717 Sangamon Ave., 726-8877701 N. First St., Room C18, 726-8877Bank like you own the p...]]>
People and places - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7934-people-and-places.html People and places - Best of Springfield 2010
BEST REAL-LIFE SUPERHEROTracey Sims – TurnOut Movement Art Studio6100 S Second St., Suite C, 816-3888It’s no surprise that voters named Abe Lincoln “best real-life superhero” i...]]>
Arts and entertainment - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7936-arts-and-entertainment.html Arts and entertainment - Best of Springfield 2010
BEST DOWNTOWN FESTIVALOld Capitol Blues and BBQs5th and Washington streetsAnn Frescura, Downtown Springfield, Inc.’s promotion and event director believes changes introduced to the sixth annual ...]]>
May we serve you? - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7937-may-we-serve-you.html May we serve you? - Best of Springfield 2010
Brewhaus617 E. Washington St., 525-6399BEST BARTENDERBrewhaus owner Mike Parkes, a perennial favorite in the best bartender category, seems to have trained his bar staff well. This count boiled down t...]]>
Food and dining - Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7938-food-and-dining.html Food and dining - Best of Springfield 2010
BEST OUTDOOR DININGPanera3019 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 529-6200 3101 W. White Oaks Dr., 726-5070With more than a handful of restaurants offering outdoor dining experiences, we were initially a bit surprised ...]]>
Best of Springfield 2010 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7939-best-of-springfield-2010.html Best of Springfield 2010
Food and dining May we serve you? Arts and entertainment People and places Biz Bests Off the grid...]]>
Best of Springfield 2009 http://illinoistimes.com/article-6530-best-of-springfield-2009.html Best of Springfield 2009
The BEST OF SPRINGFIELD was a fresh idea in 1982 when we first asked our readers to identify the best burger in town. In the 27 editions since then we’ve worked to keep it fresh by shaking up categories, asking different questions. As you’ll see over the next 30 pages, there’s plenty to celebrate about the individuals and businesses that call central Illinois home. How we do ...]]>
Best of Springfield 2009 continued http://illinoistimes.com/article-6531-best-of-springfield-2009-continued.html Best of Springfield 2009 continued
The BEST OF SPRINGFIELD was a fresh idea in 1982 when we first asked our readers to identify the best burger in town. In the 27 editions since then we’ve worked to keep it fresh by shaking up categories, asking different questions. As you’ll see over the next 30 pages, there’s plenty to celebrate about the individuals and businesses that call central Illinois home. How we do i...]]>
This and That http://illinoistimes.com/article-5376-this-and-that.html This and That
Best Green-Friendly Business Food Fantasies 1512 W. Wabash Ave. www.foodfantasies.com If you've ever "fantasized" about free-range turkeys and locally harvested tomatoes, you may not be su...]]>
Best of Arts and Entertainment http://illinoistimes.com/article-5342-best-of-arts-and-entertainment.html Best of Arts and Entertainment
Best Original Band Best Local Band Likely to Make it Big The Station Over 10 years of constant touring across the U.S. took The Station a long way from its humble beginnings in Chatham, Ill...]]>
Best place for a fast cheap lunch http://illinoistimes.com/article-5359-best-place-for-a-fast-cheap-lunch.html Best place for a fast cheap lunch
In a hurry and pinching pennies? Our readers didn’t deliver one clear winner so we decided to feature the top five vote getters. Here’s the skinny on some of your options for fast, cheap m...]]>
Best of Recreation and Fitness http://illinoistimes.com/article-5360-best-of-recreation-and-fitness.html Best of Recreation and Fitness
Best gym for weight training Fit Club all locations www.fitclub.net Though it’s not obvious to a casual observer, it’s true that weight training burns more calories when the muscles a...]]>
Best of Food & Drink http://illinoistimes.com/article-5361-best-of-food-drink.html Best of Food & Drink
Best Chips and Salsa Xochimilco 2941 W. Iles Ave., 546-3116; 3210 Northfield Dr., 544-9206; 6901 Preston Dr., 483-1006 You can tell a lot about a Mexican restaurant by its chips. If they’re...]]>
Best small town resturant outside of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-5362-best-small-town-resturant-outside-of-springfield.html Best small town resturant outside of Springfield
Rather than name a winner in this out-of-town eatery category we thought it would be far more fun to challenge readers to eat their way around central Illinois. In alphabetical order here are nine ea...]]>
Best of People http://illinoistimes.com/article-5363-best-of-people.html Best of People
Best school crossing guard Rosemary Thomas She starts her mornings as crossing guard at St. Aloysius school, then by 8:30 she’s on the job at Ridgely elementary. She’s back again at both ...]]>
The Making of the Best of Springfield - A long tradition of celebrating the outstanding http://illinoistimes.com/article-5365-the-making-of-the-best-of-springfield.html The Making of the Best of Springfield - A long tradition of celebrating the outstanding
When we started working on this Best of Springfield edition many weeks ago, the world was a calmer place than it is today. Given the general craziness we’re all experiencing as Wall Street and M...]]>
Best of Springfield 2007 - The best of the city http://illinoistimes.com/article-4432-best-of-springfield-2007.html Best of Springfield 2007 - The best of the city
Untitled Document THE MISSION We’ve been engaged in “Operation Best of Springfield” for more years than we can remember, and though we’ve been forc...]]>