Best of Springfield: How to get involved in this year’s contest

We’re looking for the Best of Springfield in 2023.

Here’s what to know and how to get involved in Best of Springfield, brought to you by the Greater Springfield Partnership and the Springfield News-Sun.

The timeline

» Voting: July 24-Aug. 11

» Winners announced: Thursday, Oct. 12

» Special section published in the Springfield News-Sun: Sunday, Oct. 15

How to vote

1. Head to the page with the voting ballot

2. Scroll down to the contest form

3. Browse through your options for voting in the menu of categories on the left

4. The first time you go to vote each day, enter your email address (and don’t forget to check the box for more information so we can keep you updated)

5. Clicking VOTE on your choice

6. You can vote once per day per category, so keep coming back!

Sign up for our newsletter for first-look content

Throughout the contest, we’ll be releasing some information first in our Midday Break email newsletter, including a first look at the finalists.

Click here to subscribe to the newsletter if you want to be the first to get Best of Springfield news throughout the contest.

The categories

  • Best Annual Festival
  • Best Appetizers
  • Best Asian Food
  • Best Assisted Living/Retirement/Rehab Facility
  • Best Auto Repair
  • Best Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Dealer
  • Best Bakery
  • Best Band
  • Best Bar/Brewpub
  • Best Barbershop
  • Best BBQ
  • Best Bike Shop
  • Best Boutique
  • Best Breakfast
  • Best Burger
  • Best Caterer
  • Best Chocolates
  • Best Cocktails
  • Best Coffeehouse
  • Best Contractor/Construction Firm
  • Best Cookies
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Dental Professional
  • Best Desserts
  • Best Dine-In Restaurant
  • Best DJ
  • Best Donuts
  • Best Employer
  • Best Farmers Market Vendor
  • Best Financial Services Firm (Bank, Insurance, Investments)
  • Best Florist
  • Best Food Truck
  • Best Garden Center
  • Best Gym/Yoga Studio
  • Best Ice Cream
  • Best Italian Food
  • Best Landscaper
  • Best Local Photographer or Photo Studio
  • Best Lunch Spot
  • Best Mexican Food
  • Best New Business
  • Best Patio for Dining and Drinks
  • Best Physician/Medical Specialist/General Practitioner
  • Best Pizza
  • Best Place for Home Decor
  • Best Place for Kids Fun
  • Best Place to Buy Jewelry
  • Best Place to buy Springfield gifts
  • Best Place to Take Visitors
  • Best Realtor/Real Estate Office
  • Best Restaurant to take an Out-of-Towner
  • Best Salon/Spa
  • Best Tacos
  • Best Tattoo Artist
  • Best Wedding Venue
  • Best Wings/Chicken