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Top Chicago Caterers for Your Next Event

Whether you plan to serve elegant hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail reception or need to organize a sit-down dinner for a black-tie fundraiser, finding the right caterer is vital to the success of your event. Searching for a sophisticated caterer to bring your discerning culinary vision to life? Consider this list of top Chicago caterers as your guide. Bon appetit!


Dessert Bar by Entertaining Company Chicago Caterer
Dessert Bar

With an experienced culinary team that loves to travel and explore the flavors around the world, Entertaining Company is able to offer to its clients a wide range of cuisines to choose from, including Middle Eastern, Asia, Indian and Korean. Whether it’s for a lavish formal wedding, a lively bar mitzvah or a casual cocktail party, this knowledgeable Chicago caterer has the skills and expertise to make any event a success with plenty of personalized touches that make each and every occasion unique.

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Top Chicago Caterers-Blue Plate Catering Company - Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare
Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare with Nori Toast Points, Golden Miso Sake Vinaigrette, Golden Pea Shoots, Tatsoi Leaves and Sugar Snap Peas

Pairing delicious made-from-scratch food and professional and friendly service with more than 85 of the city’s top venues has earned Blue Plate Catering a slew of awards as well as a lengthy list of loyal—and satisfied—clients, including brides, gala chairs and other savvy hostesses. Their passion for food and service can be experienced in a variety of events, each one specifically catered to the needs and desires of their clients.

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Top Chicago Caterers-Paramount Events - Edible Blossom Lollipops
Edible Blossom Lollipops

Chic, classy and gorgeous—this is what Paramount Events and its culinary creations are known for. Taking a modern approach to catering, Paramount Events is very chef-driven and always serves restaurant-quality dishes—whether it’s a sophisticated shower for 10 or a spectacular gala for 10,000. Paramount Events also takes the time to source local, high quality ingredients and grow whatever they can themselves. We adore their delicious, custom menus for events large and small.

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Top Chicago Catering Companies-Limelight - Potatoes & Caviar
Potatoes & Caviar

As one of the first green Chicago caterers, Limelight is revered for its farm-to-table approach emphasizing local, fresh and sustainable ingredients for its events, which have ranged from a small backyard affairs to the inauguration party for Barack Obama. For more than 25 years, the Limelight team of savvy and inventive professionals have channeled their passion for fresh and flavorful cuisine and expert service into some of Chicago’s most memorable weddings, social events and gatherings.

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Top Chicago Caterers-Jewell Events Catering Company - Herbed Petite Quinoa Cake
Herbed Petite Quinoa Cake with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Micro Greens

With a tagline of “Imagine the possibilities,” this 50-year-old events catering company certainly does that and more creating unforgettable weddings, glitzy galas and more. Known for its cutting-edge cuisine and seamless execution, Jewell has become a favorite for Chicago’s social, philanthropic and arts communities partnering with some of the city’s top event spaces. Jewell is also a leader in offering unique farm-to-table options for all of its menus, sourcing produce from hyper-local vertical gardens and hydroponic farms.

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Best Chicago Caterers - Calihan Catering - Toffee Tar, Paris Brest and Peppermint
Left to right: Toffee Tar, Paris Brest and Peppermint-Flavored Marshmallow Knot

At its massive state-of-the-art kitchen inside a 20,000-square-foot facility, the internationally trained chefs and professional team of Calihan Catering create seasonal menus that are both comforting and engaging, embracing traditional sensibilities while still pushing the culinary envelope. With 30 years experience, this sought-after company has created one-of-a-kind events ranging from two to 5,000 guests. Attention to detail, ability to accommodate any special dietary need and a strong relationship with its vendors have enabled Calihan to become one of the most beloved and trusted Chicago caterers.

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Best Chicago Catering companies - Foodstuffs - Lemon Yogurt & Fresh Berry Trifle
Lemon Yogurt & Fresh Berry Trifle

A boutique caterer known for its fresh, custom and creative menus, Foodstuffs specializes in charities, fundraisers, Mitzvahs, weddings and any other celebration. From the first appetizer to the final pastry, the Foodstuffs team ensures that every item is memorable. Known for their food quality, creativity and vision, the team customizes every single event for their clients. In fact, they do not have a standard menu they send to clients. Instead they learn about your vision, taste and style, and create something perfect just for you.

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Best Chicago Catering company-J&L - Mexican street snacks
Mexican "Street Snacks"

Known for their original and exciting cuisine and agility at working in a variety of settings, this River North-based company and their staff of more than 40 managers, chefs and event designers is nothing if not passionate about great and food and service. Their personal and professional on-site service staff numbers more than 60, including captains, waiters, bartenders and chefs. From chic cocktail parties to a Latin-inspired plated wedding, J&L has built a solid reputation of being the Chicago catering company of choice for foodies who appreciate their commitment to all the details, big and small.

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Best Chicago Caterers-Catering by Michaels
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake

Operating in Chicago since 1980, Catering by Michaels wants its clients to truly sit back and enjoy their events. By taking the time beforehand to listen to their clients’ needs, this catering company ensures that each event is a perfect reflection of those hosting them. Passionate about providing a creative culinary experience, this full-service special events catering company works hard to exceed its clients expectations by putting its heart and soul into delivering the best products, services and experiences possible.

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Best Chicago Catering Company - Union Square Events - Summer bee tart
Summer Beet Tart

The team at Union Square Events will work closely with you to produce a customized experience that will live on in your memory long after the last plate has been cleared. Specializing in culinary excellence and impeccable service, Union Square Events is also known for enlightened hospitality. When you hire Union Square Events, you can expect to feel like you are in good hands… because you are. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple.

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