Best of 2017: Celebrations

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Mira Couture

For the seventh year, our readers have voted for their favorite Chicago-area businesses in 11 categories. But before that, for the first time ever, we asked you to send us your nominations before voting began. We received more than 6,700 nominations!

Now that the votes have been tallied, it’s time to announce our Best of 2017 winners. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2017.

Best Event or Wedding Venue (Suburbs)

Chicago Botanic Garden

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Chicago Botanic Garden

Whether you’re walking down the aisle or blowing out candles, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, your special occasion will always be memorable.

Best Event or Wedding Venue (Suburbs)

The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago

At the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago you can dine while gazing upon the bright lights of the Chicago skyline, or say your vows while surrounded by magnificent works of art.

Best Event Planner (Tie)

Events by Joey

Joey Conway does more than plan. He creates. Events By Joey brings the fun, excitement and creativity back into event planning.

Reva Nathan and Associates

The team at Reva Nathan and Associates treats each client like family. They’ll ensure that every detail of your special occasion is exactly as you’ve dreamed it would be.

Best Bridal Shop

Mira Couture

Mira Couture has the perfect dress that’ll make you even more excited to say “I do.”

Best Flowers (Suburbs)


This charmingly elegant flower shop offers outstanding floral arrangements featuring flowers from all over the world. It’s an exemplary place to find the perfect arrangements for your special occasion.

Best Flowers (Chicago)

A New Leaf

A New Leaf has been providing clients with breathtaking floral arrangements and displays for more than 30 years. From exotic flowers to innovative plant presentations, A New Leaf may be the florist of your dreams.

Best Band

Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra

Get ready to hear music that’ll get the party started. The Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra delivers exceptional music from seasoned musicians with incredible talent and expertise.

Best Makeup Artist

Elise Brill of Leesi B Cosmetics

With more than 20 years of experience, Elise Brill truly turns makeup application into an art form.

Best Photographer

Kathryn Hastings Photography

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Kathryn Hastings Photography

From weddings to anniversaries and birthdays, Kathryn Hastings Photography will capture every unique and important moment.

Best Caterer

Catering by Michaels

Catering by Michaels will make sure your guests receive freshly prepared food and the personal service they deserve.

Best Kids’ Birthday Party Venue

Kohl Children’s Museum

Kohl’s Children’s Museum has 17 exciting exhibits that allow kids the ultimate hands-on experience.

Best Teen Birthday Party Venue


Pinstripes offers delicious food, an outdoor fire pit and exhilarating games of bowling or bocce.


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Rebeca Ballesteros is a Make It Better intern and a soon-to-be senior at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. While working toward a bachelor’s degree in English/Communication, she enjoys reading books by her favorite authors Jodi Picoult and Emily Giffin. 







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