Top 10 Chicago Wedding Caterers

Serve your guests a meal just as memorable as your wedding itself from one of Chicago’s best wedding caterers. From American Regional or Italian to Vegetarian or Mediterranean, our top 10 Chicago caterers list includes the perfect option for any taste and budget.


1. Catered By Design

9204 Waukegan Rd., Morton Grove, IL 60053
847.965.4094 l cateredbydesign.com

From hanging beverage trees to floating buffets, Catered By Design offers a special catering experience to every one of its clients. Known for its outstanding food and creative services, Catered by Design has been labeled as Chicago’s Premier wedding carter. Catered By Design can bring your event to life through any catering design, from plated dinners to food stations to late night snacks; the company prides itself on its impeccable attention to detail. The menu is a continued success with clients, as Catered By Design offers innovative wedding catering services that are both stunning in presentation and unforgettable in taste.

With a noteworthy reputation, this Chicago-based caterer carries exclusive catering contracts with a handful of beautiful wedding sites within the area. Both creative and passionate, the staff at Catered By Design works endlessly to assist you in all decision-making aspects of the wedding planning process, from floral arrangements to music to the most delicious cake. From sushi to salsa and everything in between, Catered By Design works with you to create a custom wedding menu with a presentation that exudes experience and confidence. Catered By Design offers both event catering and management at a professional level with its expertly trained staff who have an eye for detail and service.

Price Range: $$

Specialty: American Regional, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Fusion, Italian, Kosher Style, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

2. Firefly Events and Catering

321 Darrow Ave. Chicago, IL
773.770.4715 ext. 1 l fireflyevents-catering.com

With outstanding service and careful attention to detail, Firefly Events aims to provide handcrafted menus in classically beautiful, timeless settings. Through thoughtful preparation and design, they will bring your vision for your event to reality.  From an elegant sit down black tie event to an eclectic cultural buffet to a casual backyard barbecue, Firefly Events will deliver food that is simple, reliable and delicious. They aim to brighten your venue with flawless presentation and illuminating flavors.

Firefly thrives on taking a personal approach to each of their events and will work with you to create a custom made menu that is reflective of your tastes and palette. In order to foster growth in such a fast-paced industry, Firefly events nurtures and maintains relationships with a number of trusted wedding planners, commercial businesses etc., keeping them at the forefront of culinary trends. Through this expansive network of contacts and referrals, Firefly Events has made a name among Chicago caterers. Impeccable service and illustrious cuisine will make for an unforgettable experience and leave your guests with a long lasting impression. Their events are carefully composed from beginning to end, making for an effortless, worry-free experience throughout. Firefly Events guarantees elegant and memorable experiences and strives to truly take your breath away.

 Price Range: $$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Italian, Kosher, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Other Cuisine, Vegetarian

3. Pure Kitchen Catering

451 N. Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL 60642
312.224.8277 l purekitchencatering.com

By serving the most natural ingredients in an awe-inspiring presentation, Pure Kitchen Catering is able to create a menu that will bring all of your guests together at the same table. This eco-friendly Chicago catering company offers uncommon, eco-chic modern fare that is sure to please all audiences. The sophisticated menu is built around locally sourced and produced food. Including a wide range of themes, this company is able to deliver a variety of menus, from farm to table to authentic Indian. With endless possibilities, the Pure Kitchen Catering can work directly with you to create a menu that accommodates everyone; their selections can include gluten-free and vegetarian items. All tastes are considered as the staff works towards customizing a menu that pleases all dietary restrictions.

Serving the greater Chicago area, Pure Kitchen Catering compliments any green wedding with their preparation and service. Taking into account the location and season, this progressive Chicago caterer takes pride in making all of their offerings in-house. Supporting the local Chicago community, Pure Kitchen Catering partners with non-profit organizations to enhance the community experience while also teaming up with local floral artists to use or recycle locally grown décor. The menu, curated from seasonally grown items and made with an abundance of love, speaks for itself here at Pure Kitchen Catering.

Price Range: $$

Specialty: American Regional, Continental, Dessert Specialists, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, and Vegetarian; eco-friendly; green weddings

4. Blue Plate

1061 W. Van Buren St., Chicago, IL 60607
312.421.6666 l blueplatechicago.com

With over 30 years experience and deeply devoted roots to the city of Chicago, Blue Plate Catering takes pride in delivering passion, food, and service. Specializing in creative cuisine, innovative design and stunning presentation, they have established a growing reputation in the realm of Chicago caterers. An innovative staff of chefs will work with you to capture the signature flavor of your event through creative taste and delectable fare. They find clients often enjoy menus that reflect the time of year and as a result provide a consistently invigorated menu with the most up to date flavors of the season.

Blue Plate’s constantly evolving palette will captivate the unique flavor of your event. Cultivating relationships with both businesses and individuals, they have epicurean experience to match a variety of tastes and budgets. With Blue Plate Catering, no idea is off limit. They set a new standard of service and provide original food elements for their clients. Both culinary Insight and true passion for their line of work have helped Blue Plate Catering grow into the modern artists they are today. If at the end of your experience with Blue Plate your taste buds are happy, they too are happy.

Price Range: $$$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Italian, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Other Cuisine, Vegetarian

5. Cork Catering and Special Events

1421 W. Fullerton Ave., Addison, IL 60601
888.932.3233 l corkcatering.com

Cork Catering and Special Events works with you throughout every step of the wedding planning process to create a flawless event that is entirely yours. From the venue to the menu to rentals, Cork Catering and Special Events handles all aspects of your wedding, allowing you to undoubtedly enjoy your big day. With over 30 years of catering experience in the Chicago area, Cork has developed and fostered relationships with an impressive list of venues which includes parks, art galleries, ballrooms and everything in between.

After your venue is chosen, Cork designs a menu that fits both your style and budget. Cork prides itself on being able to bring only the freshest local vegetables and grains to your table while accommodating all dietary restrictions. Regardless of which dining style you choose for your celebration, Cork is always bringing their best design that is thoughtfully planned out for your unique event. Handling your event from start to finish, Cork is there every step of the way, from setting up the rentals to breaking them down. With Cork Catering and Special Events, you can be sure your wedding is getting the attention to detail that only an experienced industry leader can provide.

Price Range: $$$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Other Cuisine, Vegetarian

6. Phil Stefani Signature Events

1300 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60642
312.226.7611 l stefanicatering.com

From the kitchen at the Crystal Garden at Navy Pier to the venue of your choosing, Phil Stefani Signature Events offers the highest quality of food, service, presentation and design. By infusing personal flair into both the ceremony and reception, PSSE aims to highlight the traditions, sounds, tastes and passions that have made the couple’s life meaningful. They understand importance of personalizing every detail of your wedding and will create innovative solutions to all of your event planning needs.

From customizing your menu to cultivating an original theme, Phil Stefani Events will take care of every detail start to finish. They offer full catering, alcohol and bar service as well as stress- free coordination and assistance. The esteemed staff of catering executives will assist you at every step of the decision-making process and tailor-make suggestions according to your personal tastes and budget. Phil Stefani Signature Events has over 100 venues in the Chicago area and can guarantee to make any one of them an unforgettable space for your event. They offer service from the heart of downtown Chicago to the middle of the ethereal open field of your choosing. With a reputation of excellence and originality, Phil Stefani Signature Events has been creating marvelous celebrations for over 25 years.

Price Range: $$$

 Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Vegetarian

7. Jewell Events and Catering

424 North Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60622 (Serving the greater Chicagoland area)
312.829.3663 l jewelleventscatering.com

With a passion for food and an enthusiasm for entertaining, Jewell catering has a rich history of delivering first class service alongside highly praised classic and contemporary cuisine. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for family or an extraordinary reception for 2,00 guests, Jewell Catering has you covered with their unique resources and impeccable attention to detail. Jewell Catering has combined unmatched service with locally produced food to become one of Chicago’s favorite catering companies. Harvesting produce from local Chicago gardens, Jewell Catering is able to offer unrivaled farm-to-table menu options. Committed to their green initiative, Jewell Catering is an industry trailblazer on sustainable gardening.

Jewell Catering’s vast knowledge of event logistics coupled with an impeccable menu has propelled this company into a nationally recognized brand that has been serving every U.S. President for the last 45 years. Jewell Catering has a wedding division all it’s own where consultants help make your dream into a reality. Those in the wedding industry praise Jewell Catering for their ability to elevate any event into something magical. No small details goes unnoticed, Jewell Catering strives to exceed client expectations. Jewell Catering is able to combine creativity with experience, a combination that has proven to be successful over the decades.

Price Range: $$$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Other Cuisine, and Vegetarian

8. Polonia Catering and Market

8523 W. 191st Street, Mokena Chicago Area, IL 60448
815.464.8844 l poloniacatering.com

Located in Mokena, Polonia Catering and Market has been serving the Chicago area for over 45 years. With the belief that you shouldn’t settle for “wedding food,” Polonia creates menus that are anything but ordinary, unique to your wedding. At Polonia you can choose from their already-existing menus or work with a consultant to create your own personalized bill of fare. From traditional family-style dishes to cheesecake pops to Nitro Dessert stations, Polonia is able to meet all your wedding needs with their wide range of specialties, even offering bar services.

One glance at their offerings and you’ll realize why Polonia Catering is an industry favorite, consistently receiving praise from both peers and clients. Polonia is proud of its ability to enhance your special day within your budget. With their intimate knowledge of the Chicago area, Polonia offers a wide range of venues that welcome outside catering. Polonia also offers party rentals with a full line of tents, tables, chairs, china, glassware, and linens. This Chicago catering company has been widely praised for its accommodations and ability to put your catering worries to ease. With its combination of experience, variety, and thoughtfulness, Polonia Catering is able to design a perfect event just for you.

Price Range: $$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, Dessert Specialists, Eastern European, French, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Other Cuisine, and Vegetarian

9. The Caterist

940 Pitner Avenue #5, Evanston, IL 60202
847.676.2433 l thecateristchicago.com

As a newly emerged company in the Chicago area, The Caterist has proven to be an innovative resource when looking to feed your wedding guests. With a creative focus, the passionate team at the Caterist, led by French Chef Lynda Ross, is composed of personal chefs and caterers that believe eating well is living well. Through their inspiring offerings, the Caterist team works endlessly to ensure that you and your guests are eating, and therefore living, well. By creating delicious healthy dishes, the Caterist brings something to the table that others aren’t.

While the Caterist offers refreshing menus from you to choose from, you can also work with the experienced team to personalize your own. Although seasonal items are subject to change the wedding menu includes plated and buffet options. The Caterist strives to bring both unique and affordable fare to your special day. The company offers off-premise wedding catering, full-service wedding catering, drop-off catering, wedding floral services and linen rentals, and china and glassware rentals. The Caterist also offers to plan your wedding with their customer-focused staff. With a desire to bring impeccable dishes to your table, the Caterist offers a fresh perspective when it comes to wedding cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Continental, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Kosher Style, Latin American, Mediterranean, Other Cuisine, Vegetarian

10. One Eleven Events by Macy’s

111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312.781.4069 l oneelevenevents.com

As an exclusive caterer to Macy’s on State Street, One Eleven Events is a premier event and catering company for those in the Chicago-land area. With its top-notch reputation and extensive industry knowledge, 1EE can plan your wedding to perfection. The resources at 1EE are unparalleled; they can flawlessly execute an event with up 5,000 guests. With an impressive list of stunning spaces, 1EE has access to many sought-after wedding venues from the West Loop Studio to the Newberry Library. While designing an event that is entirely your own IEE enlists the help of well-respected vendors that they have built strong, lasting relationships with over the years. These vendors include high-class providers of valet, floral, rental equipment and tenting services.

With all the resources at their fingertips, the possibilities are endless with the help of this Chicago caterer. 1EE is known for its breath-taking presentation, with the food looking as good as it tastes. The talent and experience 1EE has cultivated can be seen in the events it produces and the lasting memories they create for their clients. The team at 1EE is composed of professional event specialists who not only know their industry but also know the area. Its this level of knowledge and expertise that make 1EE a grand designer of wedding events.

Price Range: $$$

Specialty: American Regional, Asian, Dessert Specialists, French, Fusion, Italian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Vegetarian

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