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11 August 2019

From start to finish, working with the Entertaining Company was wonderful. We were picky to start (and price-conscious), and Moriah and Jane thoughtfully put together several proposals with changes big and small to help us get to our perfect catering plan. The tasting in their office was another clue at how thorough EC would be—they designed a tasting room to look like our venue with our table shape, chairs, and linens. We had a great meal and conversation and took leftovers home.

On our wedding day, Jane, Colleen, Natalie, and their crew were amazing. They set up the whole space, including things we and the florist had left. They moved flowers from ceremony to reception, organized the flow of the buffet, and offered table service for drinks during dinner from our BYOB bar. Throughout the night, my husband and I were carefully looked after—being offered food and drinks consistently no matter where we'd gotten off to. Toward the end of the night, we were completely wowed by EC when they served the late night snack we'd cut for budget. They added it back in for us as a surprise!

We could not be happier we chose EC for catering and hope you will too!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

18 June 2019

Michelle was such a pleasure to work with. She definitely went above and beyond to make sure that we stayed within our budget while still having quality food. I love how accommodating she was, especially with the last minute changes we had to make! Their food is phenomenal! I highly recommend entertaining company when you are doing catering in Chicago :) More...

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12 June 2019

Everything they did for our event tasted incredible....and gluten free!

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7 November 2018

If you’re thinking about using Entertaining Company - look no further, seriously. I used Entertaining Company for my wedding in August 2018 and they were absolutely outstanding. All of the staff working, from Banquets to Servers to Bartenders, is highly professional and well-trained. Presentation of all food was careful and consistent. Everything tasted amazing and we got tons of compliments from guests on the food! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Special shout-out to amazing Sales Manager Denise Robinette for incredible communication and delivery of our vision! Thank you!! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

25 July 2018

They are the best, I wouldn't consider using anyone else

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25 July 2018

I had a great experience with them they were so helpful and there event team was awesome. Our event was flawless and stress free!

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25 July 2018

I had a great experience with them! Extremely punctual very friendly and accommodating. My go to in the Chicago area!

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25 July 2018

I was at a function catered by Entertaining Company on August 25 and was blown away. Excellent food, great variety, and the staff was perfect. I look forward to using them myself or seeing them at another event! More...

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25 July 2018

Passion and dedication in what we are doing. We pay attention to details. Perfection and the ultimate service is our goal.

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29 May 2018

We had a boat wedding in Chicago and picked Entertaining Company because of their good reviews. However, we were really skeptical because the caterers available at the boat were limited and wedding food is usually average at best. Entertaining Company proved us wrong: the food was amazing and our wedding guests approached us to explicitly comment on this. Denise also helped us put a menu together, since we had no idea what we wanted. The service on the wedding day was also fantastic. Highly recommended! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

13 May 2018

The Entertaining Company catered our son's Bar Mitzvah and were absolutely spectacular. We're used to having food that's just average at a big catered event. The food was Delicious! We got so many compliments from everyone!But more importantly, the team is so professional and the support was just incredible throughout the planning processing and on the day of. Julie is superb. Super patient, flexible and supportive. I haven't thrown a party this big since my wedding. I couldn't imagine a better caterer. I highly recommend them! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 March 2018

Hire entertaining company for the very best in catering. I had a very important cocktail party last weekend and entertaining company is flawless from the planning all the way through to the end of the evening! The food is extraordinary... a deviled egg is no ordinary deviled egg ceviche shooters will not soon be forgotten... The staff is impeccable warm and friendly but the reason you hire entertaining company is because you can leave it all to them and at the end of the night they leave you in good shape and wrap up any leftovers with a bow. They will leave you thinking about what you can hire them for next More...

Reviewed on Yelp

10 October 2017

Truly- look no further for your wedding caterer. When we began this process, this piece of the puzzle was one of the most stressful (in my mind) to take on. Food at a wedding is so important, and it seems with so many options it's easy to miss the mark. Entertaining Company does NOT miss the mark. From the moment we stepped into our tasting, I knew attention to detail was not going to be an issue. We felt welcomed, special and like our opinions were really being heard. They work with you to create a menu that works for you and suits your style. Julie was wonderful to work with. Responsive, kind, and kept things light and fun while being focused. Most importantly, the food day of was fabulous. We were not disappointed! We ended up offering charcuterie boards at each table which was a hit. Also impressive, when the napkins were not folded exactly how we had envisioned (it was specific to the menu size, etc.) there was no hesitation on their end to quickly refold all napkins during the ceremony. They really go above and beyond no questions asked, and remind you throughout that this is a big day and things should be how you want them to be. In the moment and being a little stressed as a bride, I truly appreciated that. Lastly, I should mention that the staff the night of was WONDERFUL. Leslie, in particular, was by my husband my by side from the moment we walked into the space. Making sure we always had a bite to eat and/or a drink in hand if we wanted it. She made us feel so comfortable and attended to, it was really unexpected and above and beyond. Thank you so much to the Entertaining Company team for delivering food and service that was truly beyond what we could have imagined. It was such a pleasure to work with you! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

5 August 2017

I have no idea where to start...my husband and I had such an amazing experience working with Julie & her team in planning our wedding and then on our wedding day.

From a planning perspective, when we begun planning the food was the item we were the most perplexed about since I'm indian and my husband is not indian. We were struggling coming up with a way to have a wedding that combined our favorite aspects of both cultures while also making sure our guests felt welcome and comfortable. Thanks to Julie we were able to make that a reality. She helped us create the absolutely perfect menu, took all of our feedback from the tastings and never hesitated to provide her opinions based on her expertise. Working with her from day 1 we were completely at ease because of her wonderfully welcoming personality.

And then there was the wedding day...which was absolute perfection. I want to highlight a couple of details from the wedding day that our guests told us about that still stand out to me and help attest to the amazing service entertaining company provides. Several of our guests told us about how no matter where they were during the cocktail hour - the servers would come and find them to make sure they got food. During dinner, one of my uncles ordered chicken but then when he saw the fish meal he realized he wanted fish. It would have been completely normal for a server to say no but instead they brought him out fish too! During dessert, my brother told a server that my grandma is allergic to eggs and they brought our a separate tray just for her with all the non-egg desserts. Those are just a couple of mentions of their amazing service but there are many many more examples. And then, of course, their food tasted absolutely amazing - it was just as good as our tastings, if not better!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

5 August 2017

I have no idea where to start...my husband and I had such an amazing experience working with Julie & her team in planning our wedding and then on our wedding day. From a planning perspective, when we begun planning the food was the item we were the most perplexed about since I'm indian and my husband is not indian. We were struggling coming up with a way to have a wedding that combined our favorite aspects of both cultures while also making sure our guests felt welcome and comfortable. Thanks to Julie we were able to make that a reality. She helped us create the absolutely perfect menu, took all of our feedback from the tastings and never hesitated to provide her opinions based on her expertise. Working with her from day 1 we were completely at ease because of her wonderfully welcoming personality. And then there was the wedding day...which was absolute perfection. I want to highlight a couple of details from the wedding day that our guests told us about that still stand out to me and help attest to the amazing service entertaining company provides. Several of our guests told us about how no matter where they were during the cocktail hour - the servers would come and find them to make sure they got food. During dinner, one of my uncles ordered chicken but then when he saw the fish meal he realized he wanted fish. It would have been completely normal for a server to say no but instead they brought him out fish too! During dessert, my brother told a server that my grandma is allergic to eggs and they brought our a separate tray just for her with all the non-egg desserts. Those are just a couple of mentions of their amazing service but there are many many more examples. And then, of course, their food tasted absolutely amazing - it was just as good as our tastings, if not better!If you're trying to decide which caterer to work with, don't look any further than Entertaining Company ... especially if you're doing a fusion wedding. By the end of the night all of our guests were so satisfied and that is in large part because of the food :).Thank you Julie & Team! I hope we get a chance to work with you again. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

1 August 2017

The best food, service and execution we could have dreamed of...is exactly what we hoped for and it is exactly what we got from Kenny at this find of a catering company.  Stop searching and testing anywhere else....Our son and daughter in law's wedding was superb because of Kenny and Entertaining Company. More...

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5 April 2017

Super impressive. Mini burgers are the best in the city. If they had a restaurant I would go there.

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22 December 2016

Our guests couldn't help but gush about how great the food was!

Reviewed on WeddingWire

14 September 2016

I have been meaning to post this for a few months now, but Entertaining Company was the MOST incredible vendor at our wedding. Hands down. By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints. If I ever need to hire a caterer again, for anything, I wouldn't look anywhere else. More...

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6 September 2016

Everything perfect!!! The food was delicious. Helpful! Organized! Professional! Guests are emailing me commenting on the delicious food! Thanks so much Regan!

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31 August 2016

Regan Tate is exceptional at what she does, along with her entire team. I am an event planner, and after 18 months of planning & coordinating a 220 guest birthday party/fundraiser for my client at the Skyline Loft in Bridgeport, the event on 6/25/16 was hugely successful. We put together a customized organic menu, and everyone raved about the food from the appetizers to the salad to the main course. I look forward to working with Entertaining Company & Regan again in the future. Their service, creativity and culinary creations are beyond compare! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 August 2016

A couple of years ago I used Wendy and her company for my wedding.  Being that we were not having a large, traditional wedding (this was my husband's second marriage), my intention was to have a small, luxurious event.  I had access to Wendy in addition to working with Kenny, and the entire process was seamless. The Entertaining Company delivered not only with their exquisite food, but with commendable customer service.  Recently, I worked with them again to host an intimate milestone birthday for a close friend and the experience was equally phenomenal. More...

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28 May 2016

By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

21 February 2016

We used the Entertaining Company for our 9/5/15 wedding on board Chicago's Classic Lady. The food was amazing and guests raved about it. Our officiant who has done thousands of weddings said it was the best meat he has ever had at a wedding. They were extremely professional to work with and answered questions quickly via email throughout the planning process. We were very nervous going into it though because we were told we could not do a tasting because our budget was not high enough... so we were booking based solely off of reviews. Having not tasted anything ahead of time, we were counting on yelp, the boat company, and also our wedding coordinator assured us they were great. and it was!! delicious all around and very professional! More...

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21 December 2015

I've worked with Kenny on several projects and will continue to use him & Entertaining Company. He is great to work with and always makes sure that our expectations are met.

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3 December 2015

My fiance and I set up a tasting with Kenny at the Entertaining Company, and I will admit--it was love at first sight. We had contacted several catering companies around Chicago, and none were as responsive, and charming as this experience. We had a glorious experience with our tasting. Kenny was insightful, and a strong advocate for us! Not only did he sit with us, but he listened, and ensured that our tasting menu was EXACTLY what we wanted. Our pallets were tantalized, and our company was tantalizing! Truly, an extraordinary experience. We booked on the spot, and cannot wait to share their scrumptious, satiating, attractive food. From passed  hors d'oeuvres, to sweet bites--everything was artfully crafted with tastes to match. I am so excited to get married, and I even get to look forward to the food. I'll keep you posted. :) More...

Reviewed on Yelp

8 November 2015

This is a great company!  They catered our wedding, and - a year later - people still talk about the great food!Those hors d'oeuvres!  Those entrees (beef, chicken and vegetarian were equally good - hard to tell which was the best).  And outstanding service by all.Special mention of Kenny, who advised and guided as all along and "ran the show" in a wonderful way! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

5 November 2015

After reviewing several Chicago catering companies for our wedding, we selected Entertaining Co for their creativity, flexibility and friendly vibe. We also chose them to cater our rehearsal dinner on a boat. My husband and I loved our tasting and really felt their offerings were several steps above typical "wedding food." They also worked with us to incorporate some personal touches, like serving a pork belly hors d'oeuvres with an Eastern NC BBQ recipe from my hometown and customizing our salad course down to every ingredient. Guests also raved about the sea bass entree. A few areas of frustration:
1. We served two late-night food options, but many of our guests never saw these being offered. The staff seemed to barely circulate and there didn't seem to be much effort made to get these served.
2. 75% of the wedding chose a steak entree, which was a bit overcooked. I understand when serving a large group it's difficult to cook on the rare side, but the meat generally seemed too well done.
3. The dessert table was relegated to a corner and many guests never saw where the sweets were being served. This was done to ensure the dessert table would be close to the kitchen, but I might have liked a better recommendation on this placement.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience working with Entertaining Co and would definitely recommend them to brides that want to offer a more elevated catering spread.
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

21 October 2015

They just catered my gasp....40th birthday party. Everyone kept raving about the food. The servers were amazing. They were quick to pour a drink and even quicker to clean up any mess our guests made. I could not have been happier with the overall experience with them. Super friendly and everything you could ask for. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

9 August 2015

I wish I could give these guys more than 5 stars. We had the Entertaining Company catered our wedding a couple weeks ago and the experience we had was nothing short of amazing. We had so many guests compliment us on the food and the service saying that it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and we know the EC was a big reason for that. One of our guests, a highly regarded chef in Chicago, came up to me during dinner and demanded to know who our caterer was. He said the way the food was prepared, served, and tasted was near perfection. Working with Regan was a pleasure, and she provided a lot of useful input in our preparation for our big day. The whole experience was great: the tasting, food selection, pricing, planning, etc. was pleasant. These people are pros. Highly, highly recommended. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 March 2015

Yesterday I went to a tasting for my future sister in laws 600 person wedding. Everyone was amazing and the food was mind blowing. Julie was beyond kind and helpful. I would 100% suggest them to anyone looking for a catering company, whether the event is small or large. More...

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21 January 2015

I have used Entertaining Company for 2 events in my home and they are amazing!  They food was delicious, the staff was attentive and polite and the process from beginning to end was a breeze.  I can't say enough good things about them.  Guests from each events have called asking for a referral.  Thank you!!!! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

3 December 2014

We went with Entertaining Company to cater our October 4th wedding aftter they blew us away with the tasting.  We couldn't have been happier with the results!  Julie was incredibly sweet and helpful throughout the process.  I had some very specific requests for the menu and the Chef was more than happy to accommodate.  We had a few guests with dietary restrictions and everyone was taken care of.  They even brought a single portion of vegan soup for our one vegan guest (I did not ask them to do this).On top of all of this, the food was beautiful and delicious!  Our guests  are still raving about it. Their staff was great too!  These guys are top notch. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

26 August 2014

Absolutely some of the best food I've ever had from an off premise caterer hands down!!! If you think that's great just wait until you experience the service they don't miss one detail ever.  Norma and Kenny are a dream team. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 June 2014

I LOVE Entertaining Company -- Having had the fantastic opportunity to work with Wendy Pashman on some absolutely fantastic events as one of her preferred vendors, I must say there are few catering companies as amazing as this.  Wendy is THE most innovative, creative, and contemporary genius who will present a culinary feast second to none.  If you want something unique -- call Wendy.  Food is out of this World ~ and Wendy is a very fun person to work with.  I always enjoy working with her and her staff.    Kathie Nicolet  Chicago Pianist  knicoletpiano.com More...

Reviewed on Yelp

20 May 2014

As a fundraiser, I have had the opportunity to work with several caterers in Chicago.  In my opinion, Entertaining Company has them all beat.  I love that they are always coming up with unique twists on items that really help make the food memorable. Beet red cous cous? Purple forked mashed potatoes? YES! and both beyond delish.They are also very open to mixing things up, like pairing sides differently and combining elements of different appetizers to get you what you want.I am honestly shocked at the few bad reviews here about staffing because I have worked with them for years and everyone from the bussers to the planners have been nothing short of super professional and helpful. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

16 April 2014

EVERYTHING was perfect for our wedding last weekend at the Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, IL. The entire process with Kenneth was beyond fun, and his entire team a pleasure. Our guests adored every morsel of food, and it was EXACTLY what we expected from our tasting. DELISH!! Not only do they do the big stuff well, but the little touches too. They created signature bourbon cocktails- everyone loved! His staff was genuine. Desserts unique (bourbon bacon brownies!) and beautifully presented. Entertaining Company goes above and beyond, and we highly recommend them! More...

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24 January 2014

Their white hot chocolate is to die for, that comes with a chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick, pasted with a gold flake.  Their pomegranate apple cider is also nice and soothing, and comes decorated with a cinnamon stick.  Their pastries are wonderful, especially the strawberries that are stuffed with marscapone cheese.  Their little croissants stuffed with pear is delightfully airy and soft.  Also, the salty waffle potato chips topped with salmon is scrumptious - I literally shoved 2 plates down my throat.+white hot chocolate+pomegranate apple cider+yummy pastries+croissants with pear filling+salty waffle potato chips More...

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17 December 2013

Norma Maloney and her team just helped us (Taylor & Co.) with a party Saturday.   NORMA IS A GODDESS!!!.  And EVERY ONE OF HER TEAM was courteous,  knowledgeable about the WONDERFUL tasting food, and Super pleasant to some very unpleasant guests. I commend Entertaining Company for nabbing Norma...she is unequalled and that staff was as full of variety as we ALL are in this industry.  My name is Monica, by the way. I know our staff was thrilled with this team's performance.  I'd recommend them for any event requiring great food and polite and on-top-of-everything service. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

12 December 2013

From the first day we met Kenny we knew that he would be a special part of ourwedding day. He took the time to get to know me and my husband and listened toevery detail that we had in mind for our wedding, far beyond the food.  He waspatient with us as we made decisions about the menu, and gave us suggestionson important aspects of our wedding reception, including flow and timing. The foodwas incredible and the presentation was beautiful as well. But even moreimpressive was their ability to manage a complicated event space, two floorswithout an elevator, and numerous complicated room flips. We were so happy withthe food and the service that we had them cater our first party as a married couplethis holiday season. I would highly recommend Entertaining Company for theirdelicious food and years of experience dealing with challenging new venues. Aspecial thanks to Kenny! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

2 December 2013

Highly recommended, took a chance on using them without anything but a review of the Yelp rankings - was fantastic food. In the past we have used Real Kitchen but they were unavailable for the holiday when we needed the catering, instead we went with Entertaining Company.  Very happy it worked out this way.The ordering process was easy, Molly was fantastic and quick with replies, the food was absolutely perfect, everyone wanted to know who the caterer was.Fortunately we had a lot left over - amazingly, just as good the next day. More...

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13 October 2013

Where do I start? Mmm perhaps the tasting for my couple, it was beyond our expectations,so much so  that the bride and groom agreed that their search was over, right then and there. Every thing that we tasted that day was a yes, we had to  pair it down. Kenny kept the tasting fun and inventive. He helped with whimsical touches and suggestions that enhanced and elevated every bite.   Every detail was discussed and fine tuned to their liking. On the day of the wedding, EC and Kenny Woodman did an exceptional job working in a new venue (for all of us). They flawlessly executed flipping the room not once, but twice. My couple was extremely happy with the incredible food, the presentation and  the service. I heard high praise from so many guests, including out of town guests who happen to be caterers! I have  only exceptional words for EC and their very hardworking crew, I can't wait to work with them again. Which lucky for me is very soon. More...

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29 August 2013

Wow!!!!!! The best of the best!!!!! Everything was so amazing!!!! I have recieved so many compliments on the food and service! !!!! Everyone was so amazing!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

3 August 2013

We knew we wanted to work with Entertaining Company from the second we met Molly. Corbin and I were married at Greenhouse Loft this past July 13th, and as true foodies, our served-meal had to be phenomenal! This was a priority for us and more importantly, for our guests!The tasting was a lot of fun-we were also blown away at just how tasty the food was. Ultimately, we decided on a really unique idea-Mexican food buffet! We also chose to go with an array of seven different passed appetizers, coffee bar and three different passed desserts (no wedding cake).Molly was always organized and upbeat through our entire time of working with her. It's so easy to work with someone who has a great attitude and wants to make your day perfect, and it was!THANK YOU Entertaining Company for being awesome and having so many great food options to choose from-we'll be talking about it for the rest of our lives :) More...

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17 April 2013

We were lucky enough to work with Julie at Entertaining Company on our event at Salvage One for around 350 people. We basically were having 2 parties at the same time, having a separate cocktail hour and dinner for the kids while having adult apps and stations for them. Julie worked with us (always with a big smile and giggle) to incorporate our theme and the funky venue into the choice of foods and the way we presented them. When we saw the cold weather, she was quick to agree to serve soup shooters upon arrival to warm up our guests without adding an up-charge for an additional app choice. By the way, the tomato soup with asiago crouton and the squash soup were incredible!Beginning with the phenomenal gourmet cheeses and crudite displays during pictures to the delicious and beautifully presented hors d'oeuvres to the abundance of delectable entrees, also set on gorgeous tables incorporating the theme into everything they did, Entertaining Company is my new favorite caterer. The staff was incredible. They bussed the tables and served guests who didn't want to deal with the stations. A number of people commented to me on how outstanding the service was. Also, someone lost a large diamond earring during the party. The servers were looking everywhere until they found it and returned it to the owner!They were accommodating, creative and, most importantly, the food was outstanding. It was almost 2 months ago, and guests are still commenting on the food! I am shocked to read any bad reviews. I have received such strong recommendations from others who entertain beautifully who count on EC as their "go to" for the best catering in Chicago, and now I will only be using them for all of my events to come! Definitely 5 stars. Julie and her team are the best! I can't wait for the next party! More...

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