For the 3rd Annual Auction of Promises Event, Specialist Staffing Group, worked with Calihan Catering and Kehoe Designs to produce a successful fundraiser benefiting SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. A very worthy cause, SOS Children’s Villages provides a safe and healing place for children whose world has been shattered by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. During the event, raffle tickets were sold for the chance to win an ipad mini andpersonal training sessions, while a live auction was conducted from the balcony level. The team from Kehoe Designs styled VIP lounges with all-white furnishings and colorful floral. Staff from Calihan Catering served champagne and bite sized hors d’oeuvres, and attendees enjoyed music by nationally renowned DJ Zeke Thomas. Congratulations to all involved.
On hearing Neeti describe her vision for an Arabian nights themed Sangeet at Chez we were excited to imagine the design possibilities. We were even more excited to hear that Neeti was working with Phil Cooper at Kehoe Designs! Phil and the Kehoe team did not disappoint, styling fuchsia and orange draping to create a colorful canopy over a vibrant pink dance floor. The theme was carried throughout the space with colored lighting, patterned linens, colorful ottomans, and gold accents. A lounge grouping on the mezzanine level was ideal for mehndi. Guests enjoyed Indian cuisine by Indian Garden. Event Design: Kehoe Designs | Lighting: Frost | Catering: Indian Garden | Event Planner : Events by Nisar | Photography: Randalls Photography
When the production team from Fox’s tv hit show, Empire, visited Chez we were excited to imagine how the space would be transformed by their set design team. Fast forward a few weeks and Chez became the home of fashion label ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ for Empire scenes featuring Taraji P. Henson, Naomi Campbell and other cast members. The all-white space, 17′ tall ceilings, abundant natural light and contemporary glass staircase served as the perfect back drop for their stylish fashion house design. The scenes filmed at Chez were aired on Fox in early 2016.
Image 1 – 2, 5 – 6 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. Images 3- 4 and 6 approved by Twentieth Century Fox.
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In early March, The International Live Events Association, welcomed leaders of the industry to Chez for their second annual ILEA Chicago Master’s Dinner. The team from HMR Design and MDM Entertainment created an inviting and intimate environment with textured linens, colored lighting, and organically-arranged floral. Signature cocktails and dinner were served by Catering by Michaels. It was a pleasure to host this event for the second year running. ILEA we look forward to hosting many more events with you.
Photographer: Kent Drake Photography | Food & Beverage: Catering by Michaels | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs | Entertainment/Lighting/AV: MDM Entertainment | Stationary: ILEA Chicago | Rentals: Hall’s Rental Service
The team from Kehoe Designs transformed Chez into a sophisticated Winter Wonderland for a luxury holiday event last December. The all-white lounge area was the focal point of the design. Over-sized foliage towered above the lounge, while dozens of sparkling light fixtures were suspended from the ceiling above. A collection of clear lucite, mirrored, and frosted glass tables fit the frosty, winter wonderland theme so well while pairing perfectly with our lucite ghost chairs. Kehoe’s floral design placed delicate white orchids alongside an appropriately wintery mix of evergreen and blue thistle.
Though it’s 80 degrees and sunny outside, at Chez we have Holiday Season on our minds. With December 2016 and January 2017 Holiday Event dates filling up quickly with we thought it time to start a series of holiday-inspired posts. Here’s a look at a creative holiday party design from January of this year. Jennifer Anderson of Jennifer Anderson Events teamed up with event design experts Kehoe Designs to produce a truly unique experience for her client and their guests. Amber lighting, rustic farmhouse tables, and high-back lounge furniture created a warm and cozy atmosphere that welcomed guests on the cold January night. The team from Kehoe suspended dozens of orange tulips from the ceiling to fashion dramatic floral chandeliers over the dining area. Congratulations to all involved in creating this incredible event.
We were thrilled when Chicago party planner, Sarah Deeke, of Cheers! Chicago came to us with the concept for this vibrant styled shoot with Elle Rose Photo. They gathered a team of talented local professionals to create a completely unique design that contrasted greatly with many of the neutral and soft wedding palettes we’ve seen at Chez of late. The shoot is filled with inspiration for a unique Spring/Summer wedding, party or shower. The color palette was filled with hot pinks, bright oranges, and bright blues. Florals by Hello Darling stole the show. The eye-catching florals arranged in unique gold vases popped against the all-white background of Chez and the soft pink lace linen from Windy City Linen. Gold accents brought even more warmth to the design. Bittersweet Bakery created a three-tier cake showcasing their talents at hand-painting and swirled fondant techniques. Invitations By Design created a colorful stationery set that incorporated a playful font and hot pink border with a little gold glitter in keeping with the fanciful theme of the shoot.
Chez is so easily transformed with colored lighting and lighting pattern. The white brick walls, columns, and ceiling are a blank canvas waiting to be saturated with color to fit the theme of any event. We’ve seen cool blue and purple tones and warmer tones of red, pink, and amber. Clients often select a color to match their company logo or party theme. Chez is connected to a team of talented industry vendors who can easily transform the space to create your event vision.
We were thrilled when event planner and décor specialist Akeshi Akinseye selected Chez for husband Akin’s 40th birthday bash. We expected an incredibly glamorous celebration and Akeshi did not disappoint!
The Bond-themed, black tie celebration was impeccably detailed from start to finish. As guests arrived at Chez they were greeted by feathered showgirls before stopping for a photo on the red carpet. Inside the space, over-sized arrangements of roses and hydrangea decorated the all-white lounge groupings. The monogrammed bar staged a “0040” ice sculpture, by Johnson Studio Ice Sculptures, and offered three signature cocktails, appropriately named “The Secret Agent”, “The Vesper” and “The Akin 0040”.
Aerial performers from The Runaway Circus amazed the crowd while SWAY Chicago performed James Bond themed tunes that kept the dance floor full all night long. Guests enjoyed gaming at black jack tables, a cigar bar, an Aston Martin birthday cake by Elysia Root Cakes, and delicious cuisine from Entertaining Company. Congratulations Akeshi and all of the team at Kesh Events and Kesh Designs on a successful and beautiful secret birthday mission!
Event Décor & Floral: Kesh Designs Inc.| Planning: Kesh Events Inc. | Photography: Gold Grid Studios | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Catering: Entertaining Company | Calligraphy & Signage: CT-Designs | Electric Violin & Saxophone: SWAY Chicago | DJ’s: SWAY Chicago & D.I.S Entertainment | Blackjack: GSH Group | Showgirls: Angela Eve and Eve’s Parlor Cabaret | Aerialists: The Runaway Circus | Dance Floor Lighting: A Posh Production | Rentals: Tablescapes | Ice Sculpture: Johnson Studios Ice Sculptures