Best of 2016: Celebrations


Make It Better’s Best of 2016 drew more than 168,000 votes across 11 categories. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2016.

Best Kids Birthday Party Venue

Kohl Children’s Museum

Party guests receive full-day admission and, if the host desires, the museum can take care of literally everything, including paper products and cupcakes. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Best Teen Birthday Party Venue


Whether your teen wants to bowl, play bocce or dance the night away, there’s a way to make it happen here (with a side of delicious food). 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook

Best Wedding Venue (Suburbs)

Chicago Botanic Garden

You don’t need to decorate much when CBG is your backdrop. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden
Photo by Kristin La Voie Photography.

Best Wedding Venue (Chicago)

The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago

Say “I do” or host your reception in this sleek area of the Art Institute. 159 E. Monroe St., Chicago

Best Caterer (Suburbs)

Catering by Michaels

This multi-time winner is the only caterer in North America that is both Green Restaurant and Green Seal certified. 6203 Park Ave., Morton Grove

Catering by Michael's

Best Caterer (Chicago)

Food for Thought

Let this 30-year-old institution do the work so you can enjoy the moment. 7001 N. Ridgeway Ave., Lincolnwood

Best Event Planner

North Shore Weddings & Events

Founder Megan Estrada prides herself on giving clients unique events beyond their wildest dreams. 990 Green Bay Road, Suite 2, Winnetka

North Shore Weddings & Events
Photo by Olivia Leigh Photography.

Best Blooms


This favorite flower shop has won every year since 2011. 1110 Davis St., Evanston

Best Band

Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra

This group will give you and your guests an experience they won’t soon forget. 1415 Sherman Ave., Suite 101, Evanston


Best Makeup Artist

Elise Brill of Leesi B Cosmetics

Elise Brill has more than 20 years of experience and has helped more than 1,000 Chicago area brides on their big day.

Elise Brill

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