Best of Chicago 2019: Celebrations

Better: Best of 2019

Whether you’re planning a wedding, fundraiser, or other celebration, these are the service providers around Chicago you turn to to create the event of your dreams.

Best Band

Arlen Music Productions

1415 Sherman Ave., Evanston

A perennial winner, this entertainment company knows how to get your guests out on the dance floor with dance bands like Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra and Indigo. 

Best Bridal Shop (City) | Best Evening Wear (City)

Mira Couture

70 E. Walton St., Chicago

Whether you shop Mira’s collection of designer gowns or have them create a custom creation, you’re guaranteed to find the dress of your dreams here.

Best Bridal Shop (Suburbs)

Bella Bleu Bridal

912 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

Best of 2019: Bella Bleu Bridal
Photo courtesy of Bella Bleu Bridal.

This salon offers a unique collection of dresses — everything from sophisticated gowns to boho chic frocks — that modern brides will love.

Best Evening Wear (Suburbs)

The Lake Forest Shop

265 E. Market Square, Lake Forest

Best of 2019: The Lake Forest Shop
Photo courtesy of The Lake Forest Shop.

Founded in 1922, this boutique carries special occasion dresses from designers like Carol Peretz, Catherine Regehr, Tom and Linda Platt, Joseph Ribkoff, and Frascara.

Best Caterer (City)

Blue Plate

1362 W. Fulton St., Chicago

Best of 2019: Blue Plate Catering
Photo courtesy of Blue Plate.

This is food your guests won’t be able to stop talking about.

Best Caterer (Suburbs)

Food for Thought

7001 Ridgeway Ave., Lincolnwood

This caterer not only provides exceptional food for your event, but they can also take care of your venue thanks to 19 East, a space managed by Food for Thought. 

Best Event Planner (City)

Reva Nathan & Associates

350 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

Whether you’re planning a wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, or other celebration, turn to Reva Nathan to bring your vision to life.

Best Event Planner (Suburbs)

North Shore Weddings & Events

990 Green Bay Road, Winnetka 

A four-time Best Of winner, this business was also named one of the top 50 event planners in the country by Party Slate. 

Best Event Venue (City)

Theater on the Lake

2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Theater on the Lake gives you four venue options, or you can use the entire building, with stunning views of Lake Michigan and the skyline. 

Best Event Venue (Suburbs)

Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Let Mother Nature take care of your decor, and Chicago Botanic Garden’s event staff everything else, with a wedding or event here.

Best Florist (City)

Flowers for Dreams

1812 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

This company is committed to giving back, with 25 percent of net profits benefiting local charities like Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Ravinia Music Matters, and The Cove School.

HMR Designs

4200 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago

From bouquets and centerpieces to flower walls, let HMR Designs bring your floral dreams to life. 

Best Florist (Suburbs)

The Flower Shop in Glencoe

693 Vernon Ave., Glencoe

Best of 2019: The Flower Shop in Glencoe
Photo by Rachel Mae Photography.

This repeat winner creates stunningly gorgeous flower arrangements. 

Best Photographer

Emilia Jane Photography

As Emilia writes on her website, “I shoot for the conversation. I want my work to feel like a beautiful dialogue between the two of you.” Her work has appeared in more than 160 publications in five years, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and Refinery 29.

Katie Kett Photography

Best of 2019: Katie Kett Photography
Photo by Katie Kett.

Katie describes her style as “timeless, natural, and candid” and says she loves documenting relationships and milestones. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Huffington Post, Refinery 29, and more. 

Best Stationer (City)

EJD Design

Best of 2019: EJD Design LLC
Photo by Cristina G Photography.

Owner Liz Dixon specializes in bespoke wedding stationery suites and will help you through the entire process to create your perfect save the dates, invitations, and more.

Best Stationer (Suburbs)

Calligraphy by Katherine

Best of 2019: Calligraphy by Katherine
Photo courtesy of Calligraphy by Katherine.

It’s a repeat win for Katherine Glattard, who has mastered more than 20 different scripts for everything from invitations and place cards to certificates and family trees. “You name it, I can letter it,” Glattard says. She is also a 2019 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings.

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