Best Apartment Finder
Readers' Choice: Homestead Group
a 3338 N. Southport, 773-880-1492, and 821 N. Milwaukee, 312-433-9100, thehomesteadgroup.com.
Best Real Estate Agent
Readers' Choice: Pamela Plotkin
a Dream Town Realty, 312-423-9156 or 773-680-1246.
Best Free Checking Account
Readers' Choice: Chase
Best Dry Cleaner
Reader's Choice: Davis Imperial Cleaners
Granted, most of us don't have too many couture gowns in need of special handling, which is just one of Davis Imperial's areas of expertise. But when you spill red wine on your white slipcover or that dress you just blew your monthly grocery budget on, it's time to take advantage of the family-owned company's 52 years of experience. Each piece is individually inspected right away to determine the best method of cleaning with regard to the type of stain and fabric and the age of the garment. Afterward items are hand ironed, inside and out—your stuff will probably look better than it did before you almost ruined it. a 3325 W. Bryn Mawr, 866-267-4560, davisimperial.com. —Heather Kenny
Readers' Choice: Greener Cleaner
a 5312 N. Broadway, 1552 N. Damen, and inside Dominick's at 255 E. Grand, 1 N. Halsted, and 2021 W. Chicago, 888-875-8345, greenercleaner.net.
Best Shoe Repair
Readers' Choice: Brooks Shoe Service
a 55 E. Washington, Suite 335, 312-704.6805, brooksshoeservice.com
Best Auto Mechanic
Readers' Choice: Ashland Tire & Auto
a 3737 N. Ashland, 773-549-0084.
Readers' Choice: John Baethke & Son
a 3511 N. Cicero, 773-276-5430, baethkeplumbing.com.
Reader's Choice: Fleur
The exquisite arrangements at tiny Fleur will make you wish someone would send you flowers more often (hint, hint). Even if you can't spring for one of the more involved creations, the staff will help you pick out a few exotic or everyday blooms to brighten a room. As required by the Floral Boutique Act of 2002, Fleur stocks jewelry, lotions, candles, and baby gifts as well. All of which makes it an even better place to browse away the time waiting for a table at Lula Cafe, around the corner (see Restaurants). a 3149 W. Logan, 773-395-2770, fleurchicago.com. —Heather Kenny
Readers' Choice: A New Leaf
a 1645 N. Wells, 312-642-1576; 1818 N. Wells, 312-642-8553; 312 S. Dearborn, 312-427-9097; anewleafchicago.com.
Best Financial Planner
Readers' Choice: Terrence Herr
a Herr Capital Management, 53 W. Jackson, Suite 430, 312-697-1600, herrcapital.com.