Best of 2020: Services

Celebrations may have pivoted this year due to Covid-19, but you still found ways to support the local events and services industry.

Best Caterer (City):
Butter and Vine

Butter and Vine is a relatively new catering company on the scene, but you’d never know it from the seasoned staff comprised of industry veterans with more than 30 years of experience in full-service corporate, wedding and fundraiser event catering. During the quarantine, they started delivering meals directly to homes all over Chicagoland. 

Best Caterer (Suburbs):
Catering by Michaels

Morton Grove

Since 1980, Catering by Michaels has aspired to always deliver a truly unique and memorable experience—from start to finish. They believe that catering is more than just food on a plate; it’s about delivering a complete experience for all guests. 

Best Event Planner (City):

Love is in the details at this wedding and event planning firm that specializes in planning, styling and production with more than 12 years of hospitality and event experience. 

Best Event Planner (Suburbs):
North Shore Weddings & Events


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

Best Florist (City):
Flowers for Dreams

1812 W Hubbard St

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.

Best Florist (Suburbs):
The Flower Shop in Glencoe

693 Vernon Ave, Glencoe

This repeat winner creates stunningly gorgeous flower arrangements. Get your loved ones’ favorite bouquet delivered to them to brighten their day.

Best Photographer (City):
Phillip Gregory Photography

Established in 2015, Phillip Gregory works to make photography the simplest and most seamless part of your special event, so that you can get to enjoying the day, party, and moment. 

Best Photographer (Suburbs):
Julie Kaplan Photography

A winner since 2014, Julie Kaplan is a portrait photographer with a studio in Highland Park. She shoots on location all over the North Shore and Chicago. She also took home the win for Best Kids and Family Photographer (Suburbs) this year.

Best Stationer (City):

Various Locations

This is the spot in the city for bespoke wedding stationery suites to create your perfect save the dates, invitations, and more.

Best Stationer (Suburbs):
Calligraphy by Katherine

1514 Highland Ave, Wilmette

It’s a repeat win (again) for Katherine Glattard, who hand letters all of her creations. 

Best Jewelry Repair (City):
New York Jewelers 

11 North Wabash Ave

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Chicago’s leading source for diamonds, fine jewelry and watches since 1890.

Best Jewelry Repair (Suburbs):
Olsky Jewelers

348 Park Ave, Glencoe 

Olsky Jewelers is Glencoe’s oldest jeweler, serving the North Shore for more than 54 years.

Best Movers (City):
Golan Movers

With more than 30 years of expertise, Golan is your go-to for a move in the city.

Best Movers (Suburbs):
Happ Movers, Inc.


Moving won’t be a pain when Happ Movers are a part of it.

Best Pet Grooming (City):
Salon Dog

2542 W Fullerton Ave

Salon dog is a full-service boutique and pet store located in the Logan Square neighborhood. When possible, they work with retailers to offer exclusive products.

Best Pet Grooming (Suburbs):
Wags on Willow

300 N Happ Rd, Northfield

A seven-time winning Pet Groomer, Wags on Willow is a dog and cat grooming salon and pet boutique offering only the finest selection of healthy products and grooming services to keep your fur babies happy and healthy. Founded by Mary Bowler and her beloved pug, Sushi, her mission is to provide only premier items and experiences to meet all of your pet’s needs.

Best Makeup Artist:
Elise Brill

Repeat winner Elise Brill is a Chicago makeup artist and owner of Leesi B. Cosmetics, a brand committed to natural beauty.

Best Handyman:
Get Dwell

For generations, Americans have turned to their local family-owned hardware store when they needed DIY help for their home. Now, they can repair, maintain and improve their home in confidence using the local service providers that their favorite hardware store knows and trusts.

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