Best of Naperville 2018 Winners

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Dining and Food

AUR BAR at Aurelio’s
There’s a lot to love about this pizzeria’s bar, from the craft beer taps to the private party room equipped with a sports simulator for guests to play virtual hockey, basketball or even zombie dodgeball.

Runners up*
Bar Louie
Empire Burger Bar

*Runners up are listed in alphabetical order

Chef by Request
From casual bites (think mac ’n’ cheese fritters, walking tacos, chicken and waffles) to the most elegant of spreads, chef Dave Miller has been catering weddings, parties and corporate functions deliciously since 1996.

Runners up
Belgio’s Catering
My Chef Catering

House of Emperor
For delivery, carry out  or dine-in, the Chinese specialties at this restaurant—from the Peking duck to the Hong Kong-style eggplant—have many fans. The pot stickers, Thai noodle dishes and fruity bubble teas are also popular.

Runners up
Chinese Kitchen
MingHin Cuisine

Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen

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Casey’s Foods
At this independent grocery, the shelves are stocked with local produce, and friendly longtime employees will go the extra mile to help you find what you need. Owner Dan Casey is also on the board of directors for autism organization Little Friends, Inc.

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Whole Foods

Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria

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Francesca’s Passaggio
La Sorella di Francesca

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Two-Nine Martini Lounge

Mesón Sabika
This tapas restaurant’s brick-lined patio surrounded by leafy trees is an escape, indeed. To be truly transported, order a pitcher of sangria or a bottle of cava to sip along with your jamon iberico, manchego and marinated olives.

Runners up
Empire Burger Bar
Potter’s Place

Lou Malnati’s

Runners up
Aurelio’s Pizza
Little Italian Pizza

Mesón Sabika

Runners up
La Sorella di Francesca
Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Catch 35
This classic seafood house tempts taste buds with everything from trendy poke bowls to classic oysters on the half shell and Alaskan king crab legs with drawn butter. Don’t overlook the seasonal vegetable sides, from roasted butternut squash to mushrooms and spinach with French lentils. Don’t miss the intense flavor of Maryland soft shell crabs available until mid-September.

Runners up
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood

Le Chocolat du Bouchard
What started as a chocolate shop has now expanded to include a French bistro and second-floor private event space (the “Chocolate Loft”), perfect for showers and tea/fondue parties. The array of treats here is truly staggering, from colorful macarons to flourless chocolate cake to the richest chocolate-chip ganache brownie you can imagine.

Runners up
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
There are myriad meaty options at this sophisticated steakhouse, from bone-in cowboy-cut ribeye to Wagyu strip steak to a 12-ounce filet mignon. Whatever the cut of choice, you can dress it up with additions such as gorgonzola-garlic butter, bourbon-peppercorn sauce or lump crab with béarnaise. Enjoy live jazz and bar bites in its popular front room.

Runners up
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Morton’s The Steakhouse

Kiku Japanese Steak House and Sushi Lounge

Runners up
Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge
Wild Tuna Sushi

Personal Service & Health Care

Vitality Chiropractic Center

Runners up
Advanced Health of Naperville
Pure Health & Wellness

Naperville Dental Specialists
This family practice can tackle pretty much any dental need, from pediatric checkups and braces to Invisalign and dental implants. Spa-inspired amenities—noise-canceling headphones, music or a warm neck wrap—during cleanings are a sweet touch.

Runners up
Riverwalk Family Dental
Living Well Dental Group

DuPage Medical Group

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Edward-Elmhurst Health
Affordable Hearing Solutions

Orangetheory Fitness
With two locations in Naperville, this group exercise studio specializes in one-hour sessions of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that balance strength training with cardio. Monitors help keep the heart rate in an ideal zone to extend the calorie burn post-workout, dubbed the “Orange Effect.”

Runners up
Beyond Measure Training
Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness

Amber Waves Salon
Open for 22 years in downtown Naperville, this salon keeps its clients well-coiffed with expert haircuts, blowouts, special occasion ’dos and trendy color services, from balayage to color melting. The styling team uses Bumble & Bumble products and attends continuing education classes at NYC’s Bumble University.

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Michael Graham Salon & Spa
■ The Zazu Exchange


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Massage Envy
The Zazu Exchange

Firefly Nights Photography

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■ Alicia’s Photography
Mike Martin Photography

Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery

Runners up
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa

Kind staff, a well-appointed locker room and an array of services—from  detoxifying facials to waxing and body scrubs—make a visit here deliciously indulgent. The signature pedicure service is truly unparalleled in its Zen-ness, thanks to eye masks, cozy blankets, aromatherapy and chairs that tilt back to full recline while your technician files, buffs and polishes. The Naperville spa is the sole Illinois location, one of only six in the country.

Runners up
Solaia Salon & Spa
The Zazu Exchange

Financial & Legal Services

Heather Ryan Law
A former assistant state’s attorney, Heather Ryan now runs her own law practice and defends clients of all ages in court proceedings, from routine traffic violations to DUIs to driver’s license reinstatement.

Runners up
Collander Law Offices
Rosenberg & Parker

Naperville Bank & Trust
This community bank’s tech tools—from Cardless Cash (withdraw cash from an ATM with your smartphone) to People Pay (send money to a friend digitally)—make managing money convenient for its members. It also hosts community events, such as networking workshops, financial seminars and shred events, where attendees recycle electronics and prevent personal identity theft by shredding important financial documents.

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BMO Harris Bank
Chase Bank

Wells Fargo

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Charles Schwab
Edward Jones

Hospitality & Entertainment

This indoor-outdoor bar, restaurant and driving range makes golf entertaining for all ages and skill levels, thanks to microchips in every golf ball to track your drives toward colored targets on the green. Reserve a golf bay with a date or small group, or take advantage of party packages for larger ones—either way, the servers make sure golfers stay fed and watered with tasty snacks and cocktails.

Runners up
Hollywood Palms Cinema
Wentz Concert Hall

Hotel Indigo
The crown jewel of downtown Naperville’s new Water Street district, Hotel Indigo has guest suites with river views and creature comforts such as Aveda bath goodies, Bluetooth alarm clocks and Keurig coffee makers. A pet-friendly policy, library and two restaurants—Plank Bar & Kitchen on the lobby level and Santo Cielo on the top floor—are appealing perks.

Runners up
Hotel Arista
Chicago Marriott Naperville

Construction & Real Estate

DJK Custom Homes
Founded by Dan and Kim Kittilsen in 1988, DJK celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year. Building energy efficient homes sustainably is a major focus, from using products made from recycled materials to obtaining Energy Star certifications.

Runners up
5th Avenue Construction
Lakewest Custom Homes

C.B. Conlin Landscapes
Barry Conlin started the business out of his Naperville home in 1985 and, 33 years later, has a team of more than 30 working out of its Naperville location. The company designs both landscapes and hardscapes, from gardens and firepits to poolscapes and pergolas.

Runners up
J & B Landscape Solutions
Oak Grove Gardeners

John Greene Realtor
Known for its realtor training program and expert agents, this realty company was named a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and also sponsors the John Greene Realtor Polo Invitational at Arranmore Farm + Polo Club in Oswego each fall.

Runners up
Coldwell Banker
Keller Williams Realty

Reliable Home Improvement
Whether it’s a basement finish, a kitchen reno or an elaborate home addition, this full-service remodeling firm has been hard at work around the Chicagoland area since 1967. See kitchen, bath and bar vignettes in its 15,000-square-foot north-side showroom.

Runners up
Lakewest Renovations
Redstart Construction

Shopping & Retail

Continental Motors

Runners up
Dan Wolf Auto Group
Lexus of Naperville

Brighton Auto Detailing
This popular neighborhood car wash pleases customers with its thorough service and green technology, such as the use of Naperville’s first wind turbine. Owners Jason and Bianca Morin recently sold their car wash on Plainfield-Naperville Road and 75th Street to focus on high-end auto detailing services at their new Iron Gate Motors location on the city’s northwest side. Exterior and interior detailing, as well as motorcycle and watercraft, packages are available.

Runners up
Delta Sonic
Steve’s Car Wash

Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts
This family-owned florist excels at bountiful bouquets for speedy delivery, corsages and boutonnieres for nuptials and school dances and decorative arrangements for events of all kinds. Stop in the spacious showroom for an impromptu bundle of blooms or gifts such as potted peace lilies and money trees.

Runners up
Celidan Creations Florist
Trudy’s Flowers

Nona Jo’s

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Sara Boo Creek

The Diamond Gallery

Runners up
Costello Jewelry
Fey & Co. Jewelers

Dean’s Clothing
Opened in 1959 as a shop for boys, Dean’s has evolved into a go-to men’s clothier stocking stylish weekend wear, business staples and custom suiting for formal occasions. Courtesies such as in-house tailoring and complimentary gift wrapping are much-appreciated.

Runners up
Jos. A. Bank
Southern Tide

Two Bostons
These dog-centric pet boutiques, owned by AndreAnne and Andy Tesene, are named for the first two Boston terriers they adopted, Daisy and Roscoe. The dual Naperville locations are well-loved by two- and four-legged customers alike for their high-quality merchandise, wellness-based foods and special events, including weekly walks and breed-specific socials.

Runners up
Dog Patch Pet & Feed
Pet Supplies Plus


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Edie Boutique
Karisma Boutique