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.
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)
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)
912 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
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)
265 E. Market Square, Lake Forest
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)
1362 W. Fulton St., Chicago
This is food your guests won’t be able to stop talking about.
Best Caterer (Suburbs)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
693 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
This repeat winner creates stunningly gorgeous flower arrangements.
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 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)
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)
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.