Best of 2015: Celebrations

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Whether you prefer a lush, romantic wedding or an elegant affair, this European-style florist can do it all. 1110 Davis St., Evanston, 847-328-7110

Photo by Rebecca Marie Photography & Design.

Kids’ Birthday Party Venue

Kohl Children’s Museum

It’s been 10 years since they relocated from Wilmette to Glenview, and this world-class children’s museum only gets better and better. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 847-832-6600

Kids’ Party Entertainment

Musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music

Book one of their talented artists for a birthday party your kids and their friends will truly remember. 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-728-6000

Teen Birthday Party Venue


Pizza, bowling, bocce…of course it’s a hit with teens. 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago, 312-527-3010; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-480-2323; 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, 630-575-8700


Wedding Venue

Chicago Botanic Garden (North Shore)

Summer, spring, winter or fall…the CBG can do it all. A true Chicago-area treasure. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, 847-835-5440

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie.

The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago)

Take gorgeous photos here or across the Nichols Bridgeway in Millennium Park. 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-443-3600


Xpress Video Productions

Priding themselves on a nonintrusive shooting style, Xpress will capture all the love and beauty of your special event. 3346 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, 224-723-5111


A-Z Entertainment, Ltd.

A-Z provides all the technical, artistic and logistical services you could ever need. Led by Howard Wallach, A-Z’s roster is enthusiastic and reliable, which has earned them loyal clients since 1987. P.O. Box 179, Lincolnshire, 847-537-5100



Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra

A favorite for both big, splashy fundraisers and personal events, this band brings the energy as well as the impressive musical chops. 1415 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-869-8826


Makeup Artist

Elise Brill of Leesi B Cosmetics

With more than 1,000 brides singing her praises, Brill is an artist in high demand. Northbrook, 847-714-0006  

Event Planner

North Shore Weddings & Events

Megan Estrada knows weddings and will handle your big day from start to finish. 990 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 312-546-2360


Catering by Michael’s (North Shore)

Versatility is their hallmark, whether it’s a casual backyard BBQ or a sit-down, eight-course meal. 6203 Park Ave., Morton Grove, 847-966-6555


Blue Plate Catering (Chicago)

They’ve been creating “worry-free events to remember” for more than 20 years. No wonder they do it so beautifully! 1061 W. Van Buren, Chicago, 312-421-6666

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