The Best of the Best

As my personal preference and reference,
the list below shows all the finest professionals
with the highest ratings around Chicagoland area.
Believe-me, you won’t be disappointed..

Studio 1440 – Event Design Studio

The finest in wedding and event design

1440 Event Design is owned and operated by husband & wife team Bert Kaulen + Casey Plasch. With more than fifteen years in the industry, 1440 Event Design offers a diverse range of innovative experience and event capability. 1440 Event Design is highly experienced and available to fulfill any event trusted to them. 1440 Event Design we take great pride in understanding that when planning an event you need a trusted, passionate, and experienced professional to make your dreams a reality. We have built a team of designers and fabricators that is unrivaled in the industry. Event planners throughout the Chicago-land area know that 1440 Event Design has the expertise and vision to create events and floral creations that leave a lasting impression. 1440 Event Design , is committed to excellence and attention-to-detail with each and every project we do from a single floral design to a large scale themed event. 1440 Event Design has in-house custom fabrication of themed decor, a huge inventory of existing sets, props and event decorations, a dedicated floral design team and a creative team that knows how to bring your dream to reality. With decades of experience and a passion for design, our team works tirelessly to exceed our clients’ expectations. 1440 Event Design has a vast portfolio of successful events and our team has worked with numerous venues throughout the Chicago-Land area.

1440 Event Design Website

Kristina Taheri Special Events – Event Planner

I always watch the perfection and incredible level of detail from every event designed by Kristina Taheri Special Events, the best in Chicago… without a doubt.

At Kristina Taheri Special Events, their mission is to be Your Story Builder. The foundation for any event is your unique story. Their job is to provide the tools and resources to help translate that story into the special event you are hosting. KTSE focus on innovative design, custom planning, and all of the fine details that make your event the only one of its kind.

KTSE make it possible for you and your guests to fully enjoy your occasion and relieve you of the pressure normally associated with planning and managing an important event. Educated and trained in luxury hospitality management, KTSE understand the vision and details that go into making your story the perfect affair.

Kristina Taheri Special Events Website

Lee Michaels – DJ


For the past 19 years, Lee Michaels has played for hundreds of thousands of people nationwide. No matter where he plays, his formula is always the same… Mix Good Music! Old, new, and everything in between. Michaels, arouses his audiences with new and old school, hip hop, rock, pop, and mainstream dance. With the nightclub and music industry changing daily and the club goers becoming more and more aware of the newest artists, yet still yearning for the classic hits, Lee Michaels can please any music nerd with his eclectic collection. Locally, Lee has been heard on 2 of Chicago’s Top Radio Stations: B96.3 & Q101, winning their 2006 Twisted 13 DJ Competition.

Lee Michaels Website

Kara Kesselring – Piano / Guitar / Vocal

“The Music Perfection”

Pianist, vocalist, and arranger Kara Kesselring is a bustling freelance musician and dedicated educator based in Chicago. For over a decade she’s mined the Windy City’s vibrant music scene, establishing an eclectic career.

Highlights include playing keys and singing in the Tony award-winning smash hit Jersey Boys (2nd National Tour, Broadway in Chicago); touring and arranging for the breakout PBS retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp; as well as composing, arranging, and performing around the globe for educational comedy troupe Wavelength. Kara founded homespun country/folk group Sugarcreek Road (writer, keyboards, vocals, accordion) releasing her first original album, “Hurry Up & Relax” in 2015, and appears with celebrated society band Standing Room Only Orchestra (keyboards,vocals). She also frequents Chicago piano bars such as The Drake, The Pump Room, Stetson’s-Hyatt Regency, and Mastro’s Steakhouse. Other notable venues include Chicago Symphony Hall, Taste Of Chicago Festival, Old Town School Of Folk Music, Park West, Club Nokia (Los Angeles), and MGM Grand (Las Vegas). Recordings include If I Should Lose YouSonho MeuCalling All Kids, and The Grandma Project…

Kara Kesselring Website