Presenting the Best of the 217 winners

Last year Illini Radio Group worked with the local community and businesses to present Best of Champaign-Urbana. Our listeners turned out to nominate, vote, and support their favorites in the area in a great way.

But we also heard the feedback that our great community is much more than the great cities of Champaign and Urbana. To encompass all of our local communities we decided to rebrand for 2021, resulting in the first-ever Best of the 217.

We are excited to share our 2021 winners, as voted by you, our listeners. This magazine showcases the effort to discover and celebrate the businesses, people, and places we love most.

Our listeners and residents are proud of the state and communities they live in and know the area the best. That is why Illini Radio Group continues to deliver a “best of” program to help the community and support 217-area businesses.

Producing a contest this size takes a dedicated local team and committed businesses. We are humbled and thank all of our advertisers who made this possible.

We had 1,750 individuals and companies competing to be named in the top two spots of 222 categories.

In this magazine and online at, we present 332 winners in 222 categories, for a total of 444 awards. We could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted the best in their individual categories.

Thank you to all the folks who took the time to vote. We encourage you to explore and engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you. All will welcome your business. Please make sure to congratulate them for being voted Best of the 217!


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