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There's nothing worse than a tacky wedding band. Stick to our list of the best bands in the Chicago area, and we promise you won't be disappointed.
The Gold Coast All Stars
This 12-piece ensemble is led by Danny Chaimson, who cut his guitar and keyboard skills with musicians like O.A.R. and George Clinton, and its reputation for nailing everything from current chart toppers to classics — with authenticity, not that cheesy 'wedding band' sound — has shot them straight to the top of the Chicago wedding scene. Read real brides' reviews here!
David Rothstein Music
You deserve a little extra special attention — you are a bride, after all. Lucky for you, David Rothstein thinks so, too and is willing to go the extra mile to set an appropriate tone based on your wedding story. Plus, he's a skilled musician, who formerly toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and, simply put, a really nice guy. Read real brides' reviews here!
Standing Room Only Orchestra
You're picturing a string quartet for the ceremony, jazz trio for cocktails, solo guitar for dinner and 10-piece orchestra for dancing, right? No problem. Standing Room Only Orchestra offers a wide variety of options to mix and match its ensemble of talented vocalists and musicians to ensure your big day begins and ends on a high note. Read real brides' reviews here!
Consistently rated as one of Chicago's top live bands, Maggie Speaks brings a high dose of energy to engage wedding guests and pack the dance floor, playing everything from '50s classics your grandma adores to Top 40 hits and '80s covers that your friends are sure to belt out. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Cagen Orchestra is a long-respected musical ensemble of 10 to 16 performers led by husband-and-wife team Don and Becky Cagen, who have grown their company to include niche-specific ensembles (think Jewish orthodox or an electric rock violin troupe) and DJs over their 25 years in the biz. Consider this a 'you name it, we got it' situation. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Orchestra 33
What started as a team of musicians and vocalists packing the house five nights per week at Rupert's 33 Club has now become a team one of Chicago's top wedding bands. If you think it's impossible to pull off a live rendition of OutKast's "Hey Ya!," then think again. Read real brides' reviews here!