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Gallery: Best places to work 2011

Best places to work 2011

Radio Flyer CEO Robert Pasin (dressed as a leprechaun, at center square) plays "Hollywood Squares" during a company-sponsored party. The firm hosts morale-boosters like this for employees once a quarter.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

"Hollywood Squares" contestants at the St. Patrick's Day party at Radio Flyer, 6515 W. Grand Ave. The game was followed by a party including food and Irish beer.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

"Hollywood Squares" contestants and Radio Flyer employees, from left, Lisa Cockrell and Rochelle Lund laugh during the company's party.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

Jerry Hayes, a contestant on the TV show "The Biggest Loser," addresses a gathering at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Weight-loss programs are among the perks the school offers employees.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

Lease Plan, a fleet management firm in Rolling Meadows, employs operators to answer calls from the field instead of using an automated system. The company also keeps employees informed of its strategic goals, right.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Belvedere Trading office pingpong tournament champion Parvez Shaikh returns a shot in the company's game room at 10 S. Riverside Plaza.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

Belvedere Trading pingpong tournament results are prominently displayed on the walls of the game room, which is stocked with "toys" and a beer keg for employees to unwind after work.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

Franz Russler, left, and Romy Bueno play hockey in the game room at Belvedere Trading.

PHOTO CREDIT: Erik Unger

Best places to work 2011

Donlen, a fleet management firm in Northbrook, has a full gym and a golf simulator on-site.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Centro, a digital media and advertising firm in Chicago. Here Kris Carter, head of Centro's Akron, Ohio, office, speaks to the latest class of Centro hires during an orientation session.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Employees of Centro, a digital media and advertising firm in Chicago, enjoy a St. Patrick's Day party, which also marked the end of orientation for new hires.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Employees at Microsoft Corp.’s Chicago office volunteer to help area high-school students prepare business plans and learn how to integrate technology into their business ideas.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Employees at Microsoft Corp.’s Chicago office volunteer to help area high-school students prepare business plans and learn how to integrate technology into their business ideas.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Chef consultant John Reed of Customized Culinary Solutions instructs workers on proper kitchen practices as part of Tasty Catering's ongoing employee-education efforts.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

Best places to work 2011

Tasty Catering's ongoing employee training will be formalized this year when the Elk Grove Village company launches Tasty University, an in-house education and development program.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen J. Serio

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