Wear Blue Run to Remember Gala at the Union League Club in Chicago

Blue Gala Fundraiser

The Wear Blue: Run to Remember Organization held their Annual Gala on July 19 at Chicago’s Legendary Union League Club in Downtown Chicago. We here at Paul Michaels Events had the honor of providing Dj and entertainment services for the evening. This organization takes on the incredibly challenging, but incredibly wonderful tasks of providing support to families who have lost their loved ones serving in the military.

They do this by hosting multiple running events throughout the country. Families are invited to train and participate in these events with other families who have gone through similar experiences. Their process helps people realize that they have the strength to ability to do anything they set their mind to; helping them complete physical feats they would have never thought possible. Most importantly these families do it all in remembrance of their fallen loved ones.

The night was definitely one to remember. It began with the national anthem played by a trumpeter and members of the US Marine Corps presenting the flag. Dinner service included presentations by a few members of the organization. They shared stories and memories about their journey with Wear Blue. It was an emotional, heartfelt event all around, but the stories these members shared really tugged at your heart and made everyone proud to be apart of the event. 

Many showed their generous side by donating directly to the organization, and others helped by bidding in a charity auction that offered everything from sports packages to vacation getaways. 

Once one of the spokeswomen gave us the cue, it was finally our time to shine and open the dance floor. DJ Brian and DJ Paul Michaels hit the crowd hard with all of the best dance hits to lift their spirits sky-high. They turned the final hour in Power hour and didn’t let one foot leave the dance floor. This organization is all about support and uplifting people who have experienced some bad things in life, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been able to play a part. 

See you next year at the Gala!

 

Check out some of our pictures from the event below!

Sarah and Paul’s Wedding at The Greenhouse Loft: Chicago Wedding Djs

wedding with uplighting rentals at downtown chicago greenhouse loft

We Love Dj’ing Weddings and Receptions

#CallUsTheCrossleys

Sarah and Paul were wed on July 6 at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft in Chicago. Paul Michaels Events had the esteemed pleasure of providing services for their ceremony as well as the reception. This was a very unique venue, smaller than we are used to and with much more exposure from windows covering the entire back half of the room. The room looked absolutely beautiful and was incredibly decorated with greenery by Flowers for Dreams. The decor combined with our state of the art lighting really made this room look stunning!

Sarah and Paul were incredibly nice and easy to work with from the start. The ceremony took place right outside the building in front of the garden area. The rain was threatening to ruin the day, but fortunately, the only thing that came down was sunlight shining on the beautiful couple the entire evening.  It was one of the smoothest ceremonies that we’ve been party to, and that easiness lead to everyone having a great time throughout the evening.  It didn’t matter how many trains rolled by during the ceremony or how long it took for the dance party to start. Sarah and Paul kept smiles on their faces all night… which helped make our experience all the better. We couldn’t have asked for a better couple to work with. It was such an unforgettable and special day.

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Ceremony DJChicago Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Greenhouse Loft in Chicago
Photography: Kara Evans Photography
Videography: Shawn Boyle Videography
Floral: Flowers for Dreams

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Chicago Pride Parade with KPMG

Happy Pride, KPMG!

Paul Michaels Events recently was asked to provide full sound reinforcement for KPMG on top of their double-decker bus for Chicago’s 50th annual Pride Parade. If you’re not familiar…which we don’t know why you wouldn’t be, the parade takes place through the Boystown neighborhood in the City.  It is definitely not a small ordeal as this parade usually brings out over 1 million people in the Chicago area!

KPMG had an incredibly well-branded bus that their employees were proud to walk next to while sporting KPMG balloons and giveaways!

DJ Trois and DJ Paul Michaels provided four speakers and a full DJ system, all run off a mobile generator to keep us running independently from the bus. As we’ve mentioned in past posts, we make sure to take care of all the minute details when we’re asked to perform at any event. For this event, we did a ‘site walk’ to check out the double-decker bus at Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co to determine exactly what we’d needed in order to make sure we were doing possible to ensure that this event was the PERFECT event for KPMG

As with any outdoor event, the weather is always a concern, and although we did everything we could within our scope of control to make this a perfect event, mother nature had a different plan. Just as our bus was about to start moving to show out in the parade, the sky opened up and an unbelievable storm rolled in. Unfortunately,  that forced the parade to be canceled.

The day wasn’t a total loss, however, because the party began way before the parade was set to begin. Our friends from KPMG were able to hang out and party for pride in the bus staging area before the storm joined us!

Check out some of our pictures from the parade below!

We DJ’d at a Baseball Game: The Keshet Organization’s Last Game of the Season

Providing Charity Entertainment in Buffalo Grove

Play Ball!!

Every once in a while, we here at Paul Michaels Events like to switch things up a bit. Yep, sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the formal events, and providing Dj services at a casual event, has its own rewards…especially when it serves a heartwarming purpose. Where kind of casual event you ask? A baseball game.

The morning of June, 23rd was the final game of the Buddy Baseball season at the beautiful Twin Creeks Park out in Buffalo Grove, IL. If you’re not familiar with Buddy Baseball, it’s the ultimate version of the game where everyone plays, hits, scores, and wins! You also get the added fun of having a buddy right beside you the entire game. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?! Thanks to the wonderful people at the Keshet organization, anyone can participate regardless of their abilities. Keshet is internationally recognized for its leading-edge services for individuals with disabilities.

Baseball was the main event, but it was only part of a much bigger picture. Happiness, that was the theme of the day. The game was just one way of sharing a smile with everyone. DJ Brian played his favorite happiness themed songs throughout the game. The announcer never took a break, constantly encouraging every player and getting the crowd to join in the action. It’s not every day that people are able to hear their play by play action being announced on loudspeakers while a crowd of people cheers them on. For these kids involved with Keshet, it meant the world to them to have the opportunity to relish in those special moments. They let you know it too with the huge smiles on their faces.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in honor children who lost his life due to a medical condition. To give children born with disabilities the chance to do something they may never dream of doing. Most importantly, it was a chance to help improve the narrative as it relates to disabled people.

What a great time we had working with the Keshet organization on this great day of happiness and baseball. And… we did mention… FREE ICE CREAM!!

We had a great time, and look forward to providing entertainment services for them again next season. It was such a heartwarming experience.

Check out some pictures from the event below!

Steven and Peter’s Wedding at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont

30 years together, and 10 years married!

We had the esteemed pleasure of providing entertainment services for Stephen and Peter on June 22. They were celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary (30 years together) at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont.

Appropriately, this took place the weekend before Chicago’s Pride festival. It was a beautiful sight to see just how much pride Stephen and Peter took in not only planning a spectacular celebration, but who they are as a couple.

The room was truly a feature presentation that included impressive full room up-lighting and dance floor lighting, their name in lights, and a slide show of their wonderful journey together. Paul Michaels Events also provided their astounding sound system and musical stylings entertainment for their Wedding Reception, of course. Stephen and Peter along with their family and friends filled the room with much a great emotion during their welcoming video presentation.

Even after such an emotional first half of the evening, DJ Trois and DJ Brian had no problem getting people right out of their seats and onto the dance floor after dinner. They started out slow in order to warm everyone up for dancing after a hearty dinner and then BOOM, immediately hit them with that energy that we love bringing to every event.

Stephen and Peter’s musical flavor filled the room with the right vibe, and the flashing lights and a video montage made it almost impossible to leave this party.

If you ever need a couple to give you relationship advice, make a playlist, or even give you dance lessons, Stephen and Peter are the guys for you! We couldn’t have asked for a better couple to work with, and we are so fortunate to have helped make their 10 year anniversary the celebration of a lifetime.

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Rosemont O’Hare Wedding Reception DJ, Rosemont O’Hare Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

VenueWestin O’Hare Rosemont
Photography: Access Destination Event Services – Chicago

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Malachi’s Bar Mitzvah at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North Downtown Chicago

Bar Mitzvah Entertainers in Downtown Chicago

Mazel Tov Malachi!

Our A-Team for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in Chicago recently partied with Malachi and his family and friends at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North

Malachi did an awesome job reciting his Torah portions earlier in the day at Emanuel Congregation. As a result, some celebrations were definitely in order!  As the guests arrived, we played several fun games with Malachi and his friends, and the adults enjoy some time during a cocktail hour in the next room. There was some very fierce, but still friendly competition with the hula-hoop game and the scavenger hunt was something that should be remembered for years to come.

As guests entered the main celebration are, DJ Paul and DJ Terry opened the dance floor for them. Dancer Jeffrey and Dancer Jamie led the group by sharing a few follow-along dance moves. Malachi welcomed all the guests, and his brothers and parents gave excellent speeches. While the parents partook in dinner, we played a game of huggy-bear with the kids. If you’re not familiar with that game, it’s a great way to break the ice among kids. It’s similar to musical chairs, but with hugs. You should definitely Google it if you’re not familiar with it.  

Once everyone was fed, the dance floor kicked off again with the Hora! Malachi was lifted in the chair by some guests…including his mom! 

The night continued with Malachi’s awesome photo montage and a nail-biting game of Coke-and-Pepsi. When we weren’t playing games, Malachi, his friends, and the adults were on the dance floor the entire night!

Entertainment Services provided by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Downtown Bar and Bat Mitzvah DJ Services, Chicago Downtown Entertainment Services

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago
Photography: David Bentley Photography

The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer.  Feel free to tag yourself on facebook by clicking here!

Sam and Peter’s Wedding at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park

WEdding Equipment rentals in Chicago

Sam and Peter got married at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, and we provided the entertainment.

Sam and Peter were wed on June 15th at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. and we had the great fortune of providing our entertainment services for the event. This couple went all out with the decorations. There was Full room uplighting, impressive dance floor lighting, a vintage L.O.V.E. lamp, and of course music and sound provided by Paul Michaels Events.

Although the details were all expertly arranged and set, mother nature had other plans that day. A brief but stubborn thunderstorm had the venue scrambling for a “Plan B” wedding ceremony. Thankfully veteran DJ Terry along with Assistant Adam were on the scene to help the transition go smoothly. Everything stayed on schedule and the couple was wed to sights and sounds they’ll never forget! The rest of the evening went off without a hitch. One thing was for sure, this couple was here to party.

Terry and Adam, being experts at their craft, kept the energy at a high level all night. From a spectacular bridal party introduction to ensuring the dance floor was full all evening, the reception felt like an elegant nightclub. Add a surprise beat-boxer, some breakdancing, and some very wild guests and you have the makings of a night not many will ever forget.

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of their wedding!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Tinley Park Wedding Reception DJ, Tinley Park Wedding Ceremony DJTinley Park Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: The Odyssey Venue in Tinley Park
Photography: TWA Photography
Floral: Philips Flowers in Westmont
Cake: Leeson’s Cakes

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Devil’s Ball at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago

Our night providing entertainment services for the Devil’s Ball at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

We recently rocked out at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago for their annual “Devil’s Ball”. We were so happy to be providing the DJ services for this party. Plus, we brought the photobooth and provided those services as well.

Paul Michaels Events had one of our best veteran DJs, DJ Terry, play the tunes and entertain the crowd. It was a great event, and it seemed like all had a great time while supporting the restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre.

The ball provided an impressive silent auction spread, wine auction, gave theater tours, and of course food, drinking, and dancing.  The photobooth services were a big hit as well. It was a family friendly event, so the guest’s ages were all over the spectrum. This made for a very interesting night of music, charity, and fun. 

When the dance floor opened, everyone was treated to an interesting variety of music. From disco to modern pop, everyone was there to party. Everything was going great, and then…

…Bam. Surprise belly dancers! These flexible ladies shook things up with some impressive moves and had guests in awe. When their set concluded. we kept the party hopping. The dance floor stayed packed the remainder of the evening. Many didn’t want the party to end, as guests were singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as they left the theater. It was truly a night to remember. 

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the awesome event!

Services Provided by Paul Michaels Events:  Chicago DJ Services, Chicago Photobooth Services

Check out some of our candid pictures below! These pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Our Favorite Event Venues in Chicago: University Club of Chicago

Our Favorite Event Venues in Chicago: University Club of Chicago

If you’re keeping up with our blog posts, then you already realize that we’ve been sporadically writing a series about some of our favorite event venues in Chicago.  If you’re new to the site and would like to check out our previous event venue articles, click right here.

As with our previous articles on the topic, we definitely want you to realize that our list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the great event and wedding reception venues in Chicago. It is intended to show off the venues we know best.

Admittedly, there are a lot of great event venues in the Chicago area, and unfortunately, not all of them will make our series. We also realize that most venues aren’t a one size fits all situation, and what makes a perfect venue for you may be totally different than what we consider the best place to hold an event. 

With that little disclaimer out of the way, keep in mind that we can definitely help you find the venue that fits your and your preferences…even it didn’t make our list. (click here to reach out to us)   

Next up in our series is The University Club of Chicago.

Probably the closest thing to a one size fits all venue, University Club of Chicago features over 15 rooms of various sizes that are available for you to host your corporate event, wedding reception, or any other type of private event.

Founded by a small group of university graduates in 1887, the University Club is an established organization that has a deep heritage in the Chicago area. The original idea of the organization was simple – to foster an appreciation of literature and the arts and to have an environment where members and their guests could “draw upon the sustaining values of a common educational experience.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago and just steps away from Millennium Park’s picture-perfect Lurie Garden and the Art Institute, The University Club would make add lots of history and character to your event. For those how like such things, it is the perfect venue for your big day. They also offer a top-notch catering team to help bring your unique ideas and vision for a perfect event to life.

Not just a venue for weddings and receptions, it’s also perfect for prenuptial dinners, bridal luncheons, and/or a post-wedding brunch before departing on your honeymoon. 

If you’d like for more information about The University Club or if you’d like our help with booking an event there,  please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page.

OR if you prefer, you can reach out to The University Club directly to discuss booking your next event by clicking here. Definitely, mention that we sent you.