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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Planners, Decor Companies and Top DJs

Epic Events photo by North Shore Photography

An engaging DJ with a hip hop dance troop, a creative décor professional and an experienced event planner—these are three key party professionals you need to secure early if you want to throw a memorable and amazing Mitzvah. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help: Here is our PartySlate list of top Mitzvah planners, decor pros and music masters to make your child’s Mitzvah a special event they will never forget. Let the celebrations begin!


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Known as one of Chicagoland’s premier companies for Bar & Bat Mitzvah decor, Epic Events is unlike any other decor company in the industry, offering new and different ideas on how to create the celebratory atmosphere of your dreams! Want to throw an over-the-top Mitzvah bash? Epic can make it happen. After all, no request is out of the ordinary for the Epic Crew. Epic has done the decor for a Halloween-themed Mitzvah, a Safari-themed Mitzvah and hundreds of other amazing celebrations.

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Taking peoples’ breaths away is nothing new for Kehoe Designs. Their goal is to create a reaction, generate an emotion and stimulate untapped possibilities. For more than 20 years, this full-service décor and event design company has been doing just that with its highly skilled team of visionaries. For Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Kehoe develops high style concepts that are authentic and captivating. Kehoe Designs is become known nationwide for its unique style in floral design, technical production, custom furniture and art creations, which means your event will be extra special!

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Mitvahs gives us so many reasons to celebrate, and for the HMR Designs team, each Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an opportunity for originality. Known for conceptual design and an avoidance of the ordinary, HMR designers and artisans work cohesively within the company’s expansive production space, which boasts designated areas for floral design, fabric, woodworking and art production, as well as an ever-expanding collection of unique furniture, lighting and decor elements. With the atmosphere of your Mitzvah in HMR’s hands, it’s sure to be a party your guests will love. Past HMR Events’ Mitzvah venues include Morgan ManufactuingChicago Botanic Garden and The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

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FLOW Entertainment is a family of highly professional MCs, DJs, dancers, musicians and technicians with fans throughout Chicagoland. The FLOW crew is proficient in music and dance, and specializes in incorporating these elements into any celebration. Kareem, the owner and face of Flow Entertainment, has been involved in the music and entertainment business for many years. His passion for music, infectious energy and attention to detail is what distinguishes him from other MCs. Kareem has surrounded himself with highly trained MCs, DJs and dancers—guaranteeing your event will be terrific!

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HYPE Productions understands the value and sentiment that a Mitzvah has for a family. Its home base is in Chicago, but HYPE’s Bar Mitzvah DJs and MCs travel nationwide. Whether you want a high-energy party or low-key celebration, HYPE will adhere to any and all requests. No two children are the same and their tastes change throughout the planning process. HYPE will adjust right along with you—keeping the party going all night long!


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The Paulette Wolf Events’ team plans Mitzvahs much like one would design a room: They begin with a theme, a photograph, a color… some interesting, unique detail to inspire an outrageously fun and deeply personal Mitzvah. The team at PWE is committed to truly listening to each client and making your (and your child’s) ideas a dazzling reality. As one of Chicago’s top event planning companies, PWE has planned Mitzvahs with themes like Anna Banana and much more.

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Designer Event Chicago

The unstoppable duo of Lindsay Stein Cohen and Katie Goggin, as well as their remarkable team, make up Designer Event Chicago, a full-service, boutique firm that is known for making bar or bat mitzvah event dreams come true. Favorite Mitzvah themes have included LollapoolozaStar Wars and Rock Climbing. Loving event spaces like Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago, or Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods, Cohen and Goggin delight in creating events that are both unique and personal. Finding inspiration everywhere, the Designer Event Chicago team becomes virtual members of the family when planning their clients’ milestone events.

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Joyce Pollakoff finds inspiration from the families she so intimately gets to know during the planning process of each bar and bat mitzvah she produces. Watching the parents guide their children as they grow in this coming-of-age tradition sparks Pollakoff to create celebrations to match. Some of her favorite Mitzvah theme include Swim TeamClaire’s World and Mason’s Mountain. Second generation in her family’s business, Pollakoff has been planning unforgettable events for more than 35 years. With offices in Northfield, Pollakoff loves to throw mitzvah events at Ravinia Festival or the Bridgeport Art Center. She finds a reason to celebrate with every occasion.

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Debbie Tucker, a 20-year veteran event planner, makes sure that each carefully crafted mitzvah celebration she plans reflects the personality, objective and budget of each client. Collaborating with a wide variety of premier local vendors, Tucker understands the vision of each event, finding joy in the pride of a well-executed party. Favorite past Mitzvah themes include Art Gallery, The Stanley Cup and Coachella. Based in Northbrook, Tucker’s favorite local venues include the outdoor bocce space at Pinstripes and the country club feel of Ravinia Green Country Club. Her mission: build dreams and make lifelong memories

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Highland Park-based Elaine Klein Events delivers the most magical mitzvah celebration experience to each guest, while giving her clients exactly what their hearts’ desire. Past themes include GymnasticsCity Chic and Graffiti Artist. Described as “hands-on but easy going,” Klein delights with every new client, making each idea feel like anything is possible. Favorite mitzvah venues include Moonlight Studios’ blank canvas and Marcello’s casual atmosphere. Klein lives by the motto “don’t say ‘no’ just because its never been done before!”

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Life of the Party owner Shari Rodin believes when making a great Bar or Bat Mitzvah event, the look and feel is incredibly important for the families personal style to be represented. Favorite past Mitzvah themes include Modern ChicMasquerade and Candy. Planning events for years on the North Shore and throughout Chicagoland, Rodin takes pleasure in creating milestone events from the beautiful and breathtaking to the fun and funky. She recommends Mitzvah planning to begin early if the client has a particular venue or vendors in mind. Some of her favorite venues are Twin Orchard Country Club, Park West and The “W” Hotel on Adams in the city. Drawing her inspiration from her connection to her clients, Rodin feels there’s nothing better than putting together a happy celebration.

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Marcy Glink knows that planning a mitzvah event can be overwhelming. Glink and her team find inspiration in listening carefully to their clients’ priorities, then exceeding their expectations. Having once turned an entire venue into a replica of the United Center, Glink knows a thing or two about making wishes a reality. Other past Mitzvah theme favorites include Music, Basketball and Art Deco. Twin Orchard Country Club and the W Hotel are some favorite spots of Great Events. Glink and her team recommending the planning process begin one to two years before the big day. Food, entertainment, floral, and design elements make Great Events a one-stop shop.

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The Mitzvah of a child is an important day to any parent and Tracie Simkin of Partie Girl  wants to help make it completely free of stress. Simkin has been producing events around Chicagoland for years, leaving many satisfied clients. From coordinating with premiere vendors to day-of event management, her goals is to make sure her clients have the time of their lives during their own unique celebration. Some of her favorite Mitzvah themes include ModernColorful and Basketball.

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