After a successful launch last fall, Southland's Best is back.
The Times Media Company is again taking account of reader favorites in and around Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park and Tinley Park.
Arising from Southland Your Times, it is an ambitious undertaking. But thanks to the efforts of local entrepreneurs, along with our dedicated readers, we are presenting our annual look at the best businesses, restaurants, services, places to live and more that Southland has to offer.
This contest is the culmination of a another year of interacting with our readers, telling stories about people and places that make a difference in their communities and championing the businesses that serve as its backbone.
This year, more than 77,000 votes were cast by more than 5,000 unique voters in more than 170 categories. This signals that the readers recognize the value of hard work and want to applaud businesses that consistently exceed expectations.
These pages contain a number of Southland stalwarts — Silver Cross Hospital, Schillings and Darvin Furniture among them. But they also applaud the pluck of up-and-comers such as ZAP! Taco House, which was crowned Best New Restaurant.
This, of course, is a snapshot of the region. The Southland Your Times newspaper delivered to your mailboxes and via www.nwitimes.com/southland and www.facebook.com/SouthlandYourTimes looks at the happenings that are important to you daily.
So on behalf of Southland Your Times, I’d like to thank the readers who took the time to thoughtfully complete the ballot and offer our congratulations to the winners. We look forward to continuing to bring you Southland's best!