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WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings
2014-04-16

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ACCOMMODATIONS

see also VENUES

The Guesthouse Hotel Andersonville

4866 N. Clark St.

773-564-9568

www.theguesthousehotel.com

Luxurious boutique hotel with spacious two- and three-bedroom accommodations in Andersonville. Gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, fireplaces, balconies. Perfect for groups. Walk to restaurants, shops, bars. Live like a local!

Lang House Bed & Breakfast

7421 N. Sheridan Rd.

773-764-9851

www.catscradlechicago.com

info@langhousechicago.com

The Lang House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1919, is honored to support the LBGT community. Lang House is the perfect venue for indoor, outdoor, nearby beach weddings, or receptions. We have special offers; call for

details.

ANIMAL SERVICES

Tree House Humane Society

1212 W. Carmen Ave.

773-784-5488, ext. 238

www.TreeHouseAnimals.org/wedding

Kristine@TreeHouseAnimals.org

Honor your commitment and save an animal's life with a personalized Wedding Donation Page.

BAKERIES

Roeser's Bakery and Party Palace

3216-3224 W. North Ave.

Bakery: 773-489-6900

Party Palace: 773-489-6928

www.RoesersCakes.com

We want to celebrate marriage equality with you. Our designs range from traditional to contemporary and will compliment the theme of your special day. We are the place for cakes and everything to complete your party. Free parking.

CATERING

Bountiful Eatery

3312 N. Broadway St.

773-687-9811

www.bountifuleatery.com

Gay-owned Bountiful Eatery, awarded "Best Healthy Eats," specializes in healthy food and food sensitivity. Offering a wide range of choices from vegan to wild-caught salmon and grass-fed bison entrees. Call to speak with our catering specialist and we will help you fulfill your dream wedding.

Conn's Catering

773-262-2666

www.connscatering.com

info@connscatering.com

1993 - 2014: 21 years of excellence. A preferred caterer at Chicago Park District venues. We offer full bar service.

Entertaining Company

312-829-2800

www.entertainingcompany.com

Entertaining Company, Chicago's caterer for 20 years, boldly designs every event, from vibrant wedding and commitment ceremony catering to sparkling social event catering, including backyard barbeques and black tie galas. Entertaining Company catering transports guests to a bold world of celebration inspired by a palate of artisan ingredients, global traditions and colorful settings.

J&L Catering

1229 N. North Branch St.

312-280-7900

www.jandlcatering.com

Celebrating over 25 years of bringing creativity and exceptional cuisine together, J&L Catering has been a supporter of the community since 1989. Full-service, custom catering with knowledgable event planners who will help you through every step to create an amazing experience for you and your guests.

Kenmare Catering

108 W. Germania Pl.

312-787-0190

www.kenmarecatering.com

Raising a glass to marriage equality at last! Specializing in weddings and corporate and social events.

Tri-Star Catering

150 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago 312-368-8266

www.tristarcatering.com

scott@tristarcatering.com

After all, you should enjoy your event as much as your guests do. Tri-Star Catering is more than exceptional food tastefully presented. We take pride in creating the complete special event. Tri-Star takes the work and worry out of your busy schedule. Preparation, presentation, perfection!

ENTERTAINMENT

Artists, Events and Entertainment Inc

312-832-1100

www.artistsandevents.com

Make your next event beyond your imagination. From a formal affair to an informal party, we can provide the perfect entertainment for any event. World-class musicians, Big Band, orchestras, harp, violins, piano, Top 40 dance, vocalists, jazz and more.

Becca Kaufman Orchestra

847-892-4150

www.beccakaufmanorchestra.com

www.beatmixmusic.com

Available for all your weddings and celebrations. Contact Becca to hear the sounds of your wedding.

EVENT DECOR

Studio AG

1800 W. Cuyler Ave.

773-327-0200

www.studioagdesign.com

estelle@studioagdesign.com

Studio AG has been proudly serving Chicago's community for 25 years with remarkable quality design and customer service.

EVENT PLANNING

Food For Thought

847-982-2608

www.fftchicago.com

info@fftchicago.com

An esteemed place among Chicago special event planners with 30 years of experience. Our veteran sales consultants assist in all phases of the planning process and can provide expert advice on venues, vendors and entertaining. We are committed to creating memorable experiences for our customers through a culture of creativity, expertise and innovation with delicious food we love and true hospitality.

Frank Event Design

Frank J. Andonoplas, Master Bridal Consultant

5555 N. Sheridan Rd., Arcade Level

773-275-6804

www.frankeventdesign.com

frank@frankeventdesign.com

Frank J. Andonoplas has been planning weddings for the last 20 years. He was recently Named Event Planner of the year and is one of 79 Master Bridal Consultants worldwide.

Kelly Ray Wedding

and Events

2915 N. Clybourn Ave.,

Suite 314

773-909-1980

www.kellyrayweddingandevents.com

Kelly Ray Wedding and Events wants you to enjoy your big event. We provide an avant-garde approach to planning to make your dream day a reality.

FASHION/HAIR

Dame Couture

1804 Central St., Evanston, IL 847-866-7599

www.damecouture.com

Dame Couture provides an alternative experience: one that's more down-to-earth, personal, and relaxed than traditional bridal shops. We love vintage clothes, and reuse vintage clothes and components as much as possible.

Jordan Hair Extensions

312-404-3053

www.chicagohairextensionssalon.org

LGBT owner catering specifically to LGBT clients. Schedule your appointment with Jordan, a hair extension expert with 20 years of experience. By appointment only; in-home or at our Wrigleyville location.

FAVORS/INVITES

Pulp & Ink

1344 N. Wells St.

312-475-1344

www.pulpandink.com

Since 2001, traditional and urban-minded paper goods adorn this airy showroom. Invitations, programs, and place cards range from clean-lined and brightly colored to those with calligraphy and muted shades. Custom design available in addition to Elum, Oblation and Bella Figura and more.

Terry's Toffee

312-733-2700

www.terrystoffee.com

info@terrystoffee.com

Terry's Toffee offers a remarkable line of gourmet toffee and gorgeous packaging to celebrate your special day. Partners Terry and Michael honor marriage equality in Illinois and across the country, with you.

Total Promotions, Inc.

Contact David Strzepek,

773-505-7794

www.totalpromote.com

Special items for your wedding day: Favors, candles, thank you notes, invitations, monogramed glasses, boxes, gifts and so much more. Any item that can be imprinted, David can get you the best prices.

FLOWERS

The Blossom Boys

9911 S. Walden Pkwy.

773-779-4400

www.theblossomboys.com

The Blossom Boys designed the first legal same-sex wedding in Illinois. Steve and Ryan's rich history, brilliant artistry and sensitivity will honor and celebrate your unique wedding day.

Flowers by Fragrant Design

1928 W. Fulton St.

312-546-3044

www.fragrantdesign.com

Fragrant Design has a passion for designing inspiring style for your one-of-a-kind event. Our commitment and desire to create surpass the high expectations we bring to our clients.

Studio AG

1800 W. Cuyler Ave.

773-327-0200

www.studioagdesign.com

estelle@studioagdesign.com

Studio AG has been proudly serving Chicago's community for 25 years with remarkable quality design and customer service.

FINANCIAL

James E. Elvord, AWM, Financial Advisor

RBC Wealth Mgmt.

312-559-1738 or

800-683-3246

james.elvord@rbc.com

At RBC Wealth Management, we know that a good portfolio is a reflection of your needs and goals. That's why we work with you to create a comprehensive plan that works for you, with a wide range of flexible financial solutions.

HOME/GIFTS

Char Crews

8 Grant Square,

Hinsdale, IL

630-920-0190

800-323-1972

www.CharCrews.com

The Bridal Registry at Char Crews, Chicagoland's finest selection of china, crystal, flatware and giftware at discount prices. Family owned and operated since 1972. Expert registry and gift assistance. Located in Hinsdale, Wilmette and at Char Crews.com .

Lighting by Fox

3524 N. Halsted St.

www.lightingbyfox.com

Make your NEW life together brighter with Lighting by Fox! Now open at 3524 N. Halsted St., you'll find an extensive display of traditional to contemporary lighting to compliment your new beginnings. Visit www.lightingbyfox.com to see our showroom and our merchandise.

JEWELRY

Leo Bachrach & Son

55 E. Washington St., #801

312-263-3111

www.leobachrachjewelers.com

Leo Bachrach & Son Jewelers have been delivering fine quality jewelry craftsmanship and design since 1944. Proud to serve the LGBTQ community, Leo Bachrach & Son Jewelers carries a large collection of jewelry from designers across the world.

Jan Dee Custom Jewelry

1425 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago

773-871-2222

www.jandee.com

Celebrating serving the community for 40 years. Specializing in custom design. Jewelry repair, watch repair, appraisals, Certified GIA diamond supplier. Mention Jan Dee's ad in this section and receive 15% off your next in-store purchase or $100 off your custom ring order.

James & Sons Fine Jewelers

www.jamesandsons.com

Celebrating life's milestones for 50 years. Marriage equality: Now that's a milestone. At James & Sons our mission has always been a tradition of trust, high ethical standards, knowledge of our jewelry products and services, fair pricing and value to our customers. Chicago, Orland Park and Schererville locations.

Rodger Kadet, Ltd.

5 S. Wabash Ave., Rm. 1703A

312-854-3007

rodgerk7753@gmail.com

In the industry for over 40 years. A one-stop shop for all your jewelry needs, including engagement rings, wedding rings and bands, and more. Specializing in custom-made rings. Proud to support the LGBTQ community.

Sparkles

5405 N. Clark St.

773-944-9600

www.SparklesFineJewelry.com

info@SparklesFineJewelry.com

Custom jewelry design, GIA-certified diamonds for engagements and weddings. Live, laugh, love and sparkle!

Tucker, Inc.

5 S. Wabash, Suite 507

312-263-3315

www.tuckercompany.net

Established 1935. Jewelry for every occasion. Celebrating marriage equality for all. Donald Strzepek, owner, proud to be part of the community.

LEGAL

Berger Schatz

161 N. Clark St.,

Suite 2800

312-782-3456

312-782-8463 ( fax )

www.bergerschatz.com

Berger Schatz is one of the largest law firms in the nation specializing exclusively in matrimonial and family law. Our clients come to us because they know we have the experience, expertise and discretion to resolve their most challenging issues.

Donald B. Boyd, Jr.,

Family Law

232 S. Lathrop Ave., Forest Park, IL

708-848-1005

www.boyddivorce.com

Specializing in civil unions, LGBT issues, divorce/wills/trusts, real estate closings, custody violation, and child support. Free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments available.

Ray J. Koenig III,

Clark Hill PLC

150 N. Michigan Ave.,

Suite 2700

800-949-3124

312-985-5900

rkoenig@clarkhill.com

www.clarkhill.com

Ray is a legal authority on all of his practice areas, which include probate, trusts, guardianship, estate planning, and elder law, including the litigation of those areas.

Lambda Legal

312-663-4413

www.lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Roger V. McCaffrey-Boss, Esq.

Law Offices of Roger V. McCaffrey-Boss & Associates, P.C.

33 N. Dearborn St., Suite 800

312-263-8800

rvmlawyer@aol.com

In service to the community for more than 35 years. Bankruptcy; Wills, Trusts & Probate; Real Estate Closings; Premarital Agreements.

Rosemary Mulryan,

Mulryan & York, Attorneys at Law

4001 N. Wolcott

Chicago, Illinois 60613

773-248-8887

www.mulryanandyork.com

Mulryan & York is a full-service, community-based law firm providing adoption, estate planning, probate, and other legal services people need to keep their families secure, strong, and supported.

LICENSES

David Orr

Cook Co. Clerk's Office

cookcountyclerk.com/

vitalrecords/marriageequality

Congratulations on Marriage Equality! I look forward to finally

issuing marriage licenses to all couples! Our office in the lower level of the Daley Center will be open on Sunday, June 1. For more information, please visit our website.

OFFICIANTS

Mother Jubi Dutcher, Officiant

773-946-7318

revtjdutcher@gmail.com

A ceremony you'll never forget! When you're planning your commitment ceremony, call Mother Jubi Dutcher to officiate. Your union is a sacrament.

Dignity/Chicago

www.dignity-chicago.org/content/families

Your Roman Catholic resource for your wedding. Full Mass or simple ceremony, ceremony planning, Pre-Cana preparation, ordained male and female priests, musicians and music direction. Inclusive Roman Catholic community.

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago

7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL

847-677-3334

ethicalhuman.org

office@ethical human.org

Our secular officiants will be happy to help LGBT couples tie the knot, either in the beautiful auditorium of our meetinghouse in Skokie, or elsewhere.

Gay Minister for Gay Weddings

gayminister@gmail.com

Gay minister for gay weddings. Are you planning a wedding after June 1, 2014? I am a gay minister available to perform your wedding ceremony.

Get Married by John

Officiant John Huebler

773-270-3761

getmarriedbyjohn@gmail.com

Ceremony planning, writing, and rehearsal. Performing the ceremony on your big day. Experienced and recommended. Authorized to certify Illinois marriages and civil unions. Ordained by American Marriage Ministries.

Marguerite H. Griffin

Meaningful Moments

773-919-1333

www.meaningfulmarguerite.com

meaningfulmarguerite@gmail.com

"I would be honored to officiate at your wedding ceremony and to co-create with you a unique and meaningful ceremony that reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple."

All Ceremonies Beautifully Done

Reverend Marian Hale

847-491-0603

cell 847-971-4371

www.revmarian.com

I've been doing same-sex weddings for more than 16 years—that's what I've always called them, despite what the legislation said. And I'm passionate about performing wonderful ceremonies. My only agenda is to create with you the most beautiful and memorable wedding possible.

ILWeddingOfficiant.com

847-873-7463

ILWeddingOfficiant.com

Catering to the unique needs of same-sex couples by serving the GLBTQ community according each couple's unique personality, beliefs and desires. Rev. Pamela travels to you or get married at her home.

Living Well Ministries

773-655-4357

www.livingwellministries.net

Rev. Jacki Belile is a lesbian Baptist minister, life coach, and experienced celebrant in interfaith settings. Her wedding services include custom design and pre-marital coaching sessions.

Rose LifeCycle Ceremonies

Michele Rose, Certified LifeCycle Celebrant

847-215-7715

www.RoseLifeCycleCeremonies.com

RoseCeremonies@gmail.com

You can't get married without me! I'll perform your marriage ceremony and personalize it just for you. I officiate at interfaith, non-religious, and same sex weddings, and other lifecycle milestones.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO

Rick Aguilar Studios

773-478-6607

www.rickaguilar.com

This gay-owned wedding photographer studio has been documenting gay weddings for the Chicago community for over 20 years. He is renowned for his reputation, his creativity, and his work.

Bean Blossom Prod.

www.BeanBlossomProductions.net

773-727-5642

Special event videos/photos for weddings, civil unions, social gatherings, team events and much more. Serving the community with Pride!

Ingrid Bonne Photography

773-991-2400

www.ingridbonnephotography.com

ingrid@

ingridbonnephotography.com

The visual storyteller for remarkable people. Let me tell your story!

Lisa Howe-Ebright Photography

708-710-2874

www.LHEphoto.com

Lisa@LHEphoto.com

Capturing the moment now, cherishing the memories forever. Serving our community for over 35 years.

TRAVEL

OK Travel

773-581-0100

www.oktravlagency.com

The staff at OK Travel has journeyed to all 50 states and over 70 foreign countries on six of the seven continents. We are confident that we can provide you the best experience at a great value. We specialize in honeymoons and destination weddings, as well as cruises, family vacations, Disney, Las Vegas and more.

Villa Loretta Palm Springs

310-869-3465

hrisben.2827@gmail.com

3,700 sq. ft., 1/4 acre, beautiful pool and grounds. Room for 250 at a wedding or over 100 sit down. Very romantic and can become your wedding wonderland. Palm Springs home of movie star Loretta Young.

VENUES

A Church 4 Me MCC

1545 W. Morse Ave., Chicago

708-951-4862

www.achurch4me.org

Transforming ourselves as we transform the world. Supporting marriage since 1968. Sunday worship celebration at 11 a.m. Weddings anytime!

Bistro Campagne

4518 N. Lincoln Ave.

773-271-6100

bistrocampagne.com

Celebrate any occasion in the French countryside, in the heart of Chicago. Bistro Campagne offers several intimate spaces, including beautiful gardens, for groups of up to 50 people. Ask for Alejandro to discuss special events.

Chez, LLC

312-255-0288

www.chez-chicago.com

Christine@chez-chicago.com

Situated two blocks from Michigan Avenue, Chez provides a versatile space that can be transformed for any occasion. Once home to the famous Chez Paree nightclub, the space has been reinvented as an elegant and modern loft.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.

312-799-2254

www.chicagohistory.org/hostevent

Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution. Its classic ballroom with adjacent outdoor terrace make it the perfect venue for your next event.

City Winery Chicago

1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago 312-229-5989

www.citywinery.com

todd@citywinery.com

Host your special day at City Winery Chicago! 33,000 square feet of luxurious indoor and outdoor space. City Winery brings Wine Country to you. Please contact Todd Carr, Events Director, to schedule your private tour and discussion.

The Drake

Catering Dept.

312-932-4337

www.thedrakehotel.com

drakesales@thedrakehotel.com

The Drake's distinguished service, iconic location, and regal ambiance exemplify the remarkable REAL CHICAGOâ experience. From the breathtaking Grand Ballroom to the legendary Gold Coast Room, The Drake proudly offers spectacular venues for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.

Flemings's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

25 E. Ohio St.

312-329-9463

www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was recently named as one of the Top 10 Steakhouse's in Chicago.

GayWedding

ChicagoSite.com

847-873-7463

www.GayWeddingChicagoSite.com

Chicagoland's premiere 5-star venue. Elope or 30 guests, enjoy suburban hospitality and legally marry at Pine Manor, the beautiful home/garden of Rev. Pamela. Serving GBLTQ since ... always!

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 N. Michigan Ave.

312-321-8735

www.icchicagohotel.com

Our stylish atmosphere features breathtaking venues and views overlooking the Mag Mile and are evocative of magnificent eras past, accommodating 20-550 guests. Let us help you create your vision while offering the exclusivity and elegance you expect from Chicago's most sought-after downtown location.

Keith House

1900 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago

312-907-7909

www.keithhousechicago.com

Weddings and civil unions in the Near South Loop of Chicago. 1870s historic home, with beautiful original woodwork.

Maggiano's Little Italy

516 N. Clark St.

312-644-4284

www.maggianos.com

chicago.banquet@maggianos.com

10 private rooms including ballroom with private garden which seats 350. Social and corporate events, A/V-ready. Chef -prepared, made-from-scratch authentic recipes.

Mars Gallery

1139 W. Fulton Market

312-226-7808

www.marsgallery.com

info@marsgallery.com

For more than 25 years, Mars Gallery has been home to hundreds of weddings and receptions. Housed in a 19th century all-brick timber loft in Chicago's West Loop historic market district.

Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Ave.

www.maynestage.com

rentals@maynestage.com

Make Mayne Stage yours! Our 200-seated, 400-standing-room venue is the perfect destination for your next special event.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie

847-679-9501

www.northshorecenter.org

For the new stages in your life. Perfect for weddings, elegant events, receptions and benefits.

Polo Cafe and Catering

3322 S. Morgan St.

773-927-7656

www.polocafe.com

Something different ... something wonderful! Minutes south of the Loop, ideal to gather for a special events, dinners or receptions, weddings or holy/civil union ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, or memorial meals, plus unique overnight lodging.

ProgressBar

3359 N. Halsted St.

773-697-9268

www.progressbarchicago.com

nic@progressbarchicago.com

An intimate space with custom drink packages, catering options, audio and visual capabilities, and DJs available for booking. Perfect venue for your engagement party or wedding reception.

Ranalli's of Andersonville

1512 W. Berwyn Ave.

773-334-1300

www.ranallispizza.com

ranallisofaville@gmail.com

Ranalli's of Andersonville offers a seasonal sidewalk café, off-site catering and in-house special events making Ranalli's of Andersonville the perfect location for showers, reunions, rehearsal dinners, weddings, milestone events or celebrations of any sort.

Sidetrack

3349 N. Halsted St.

773-477-9189

www.sidetrackchicago.com

info@sidetrackchicago.com

Bringing people together with legendary parties for more than 30 years. Perfect for enagagement parties, wedding ceremonies, or receptions. Custom music and video entertainment options, custom cocktails, caterer-friendly facilities, choice of staff.

Thompson Hotel

21 E. Bellevue Pl.

312-266-2100

www.thompsonhotels.com

Featuring elegant bi-level penthouse lofts, skyline views, a private dining room with space for up to 150, and more make your special day as memorable as you deserve.

Unity Lutheran Chicago

773-878-4747

www.unitylutheranchicago.org

Make your wedding dreams come true at Unity Lutheran Church, Balmoral and Broadway, Edgewater. Same-gender and opposite-gender weddings. Multicultural, LGBTQ friendly, community involved congregation. Pastor Fred Kinsey; Associate Pastor John Roberts.

theWit Chicago

201 N. State Street

312-467-0200

www.thewithotel.com

Modern class in the heart of downtown Chicago. Imagine a serene setting for your vows, then being whisked up to ROOF for breathtaking views of Chicago and a toast to your new life, followed by dancing the night away in one of our glowing banquet rooms with the city lights as your backdrop.


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