Empire Fashion House Scenes

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.

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Image 1 – 2, 5 – 6 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. Images 3- 4 and 6 approved by Twentieth Century Fox.

Top 10 Chicago Event Planners To Follow On Instagram

A curated list of Chicago event planners with the most inspiring Instagram accounts. From photos of extravagant events to behind-the-scenes details of event planning action, this group of planners covers it all. Follow this list for the best quality wedding and event inspiration.

place setting gold pineapples flamingoDEBI LILLY
@debililly | 10.5K Followers
A daily dose of the most incredible inspiration from celebrity party planner and author Debi Lilly, this Instagram feed seamlessly places images of floral details and party festivities alongside shots of travel and time with family.

Photography: @debililly


dining table pink floral centerpiecesLK EVENTS
@lkeventschicago | 5.5K Followers
Highlighting the talents of the LK Events team and the fantastic network of vendors they work with, this feed features images of beautiful weddings and events, exquisite florals and smiling newlyweds.

Photography: (l) @lkevents, (r) @gerberandscarpelliweddings via @lkevents


floral chuppah galaPAULETTE WOLF EVENTS
@paulettewolfevents  |  1.4K Followers
Images of large scale events, live performances, and tips on event planning fill the Instagram feed of this national event management and event planning company.

Photography: (l) by @kingensmith via @paulettewolfevents (r) @paulettewolfevents


white chuppa contemporary wedding cakeSQN EVENTS
@sqnevents | 7.6K Followers
Impeccable wedding details, happy newlywed clients, and a few personal posts fill the Instagram feed of SQN owner and event director, Beth Bernstein.

Photography: (l) @maypolestudios via @sqnevents, (r) @erickelley via @sqnevents


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@keshevents  |  19.7K Followers
President of Kesh Luxury Group and author of “The Art of Floral and Event Design”, Akeshi Akinseye, fills this Instagram feed with images of opulent florals, destination weddings, and peeks behind-the-scenes at Kesh Luxury Group.

Photography: (l) @carascophoto via @keshevents (r) @folalawal via @keshevents


5 tier wedding cakeLIVEN IT UP EVENTS 
@livenitup  |  4.1K Followers
Towering wedding cakes, rustic and romantic weddings and shots of creative cuisine fill the Instagram feed of Liven It Up Events, offering a look at the incredible work of their talented team of event planners.

Photography: @livenitup


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@lolaeventpros  |  3.9K Followers
Wedding inspiration galore! The Instagram feed of LOLA Event Productions inspires with details of glamorous weddings, designer dresses and special wedding day moments.

Photography: (l) @lolaeventpros (r) @genevievelaurenphoto via @loleventpros


suspended floral chair chandeliers black ghost chairsJENNIFER ANDERSON EVENTS
@jaevents  |  3.5K Followers
Offering inspiration for everything from wedding dresses to honeymoon locations, event design and florals, this Instagram feed has a wonderfully curated selection of posts.

Photography: (l) @kingensmith via @jaevents (r) @jaevents


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@clementinechicago  |  5.5K followers
Behind-the-scenes shots and details of custom weddings planned by the Clementine Custom Events team make this Instagram feed fun, fresh and filled with inspiration.

Photography: (l) @christytylerphotography via @clementinechicago, (r) @emiliajane_ via @clementinechicago


floral invitation blue pink event decorBLISS WEDDINGS & EVENTS 
@blisschicago  |  6.9K followers
Filled with details of real weddings and colorful florals, the BLISS Weddings & Events Instagram feed demonstrates the team’s talent at creating events that are sophisticated, playful, inspired and cohesive.

Photography: (l) @chrispluslynn via @blisschicago, (r) @lizbanfield via @blisschicago

ILEA Master’s Dinner

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.

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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

Winter Wonderland Holiday Event

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.

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Be Inspired: Luxury Chez Holiday Party

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.

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Event Planner: Jennifer Anderson Events | Event Design & Floral: Kehoe Designs | Catering: J&L Catering | Photography: Team Chez

Color Transformation

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.

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Bond-Themed 40th Birthday Bash

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



A Very Fancy Fiesta at Chez


The talented people at Kehoe Designs, JDetailed Events, and BluePlate Catering collaborated to produce this one-of-a-kind Mexican-themed rehearsal dinner for some very lucky Chez clients.  We recently sat down with Kehoe’s Joshua Jones, the creative mind behind the design, to get the scoop on the details.  

CHEZ: Describe this event in one sentence.
JONES: A whimsical, modern spin on a spicy south-of-the-border fiesta.

CHEZThe space came alive with color and light. Could you tell us how you achieved this effect?
JONES: We wanted to preserve the contemporary, clean backdrop of Chez’s light and airy interior so that the vibrant colors would really pop. We brought in crisp white furnishings such as our contemporary sectional sofas, tulip highboy tables, and paired lacquered dining tables with crystal chiavari chairs.  Lighting was a huge design element for this colorful fiesta. The crisp, white walls and gorgeous glass staircase of Chez really embraced the orange and magenta up lights and textural lounge washes that we incorporated to transform the space into a sophisticated night club.

CHEZ: Could you tell us a little about the unique floor plan you created at Chez?
JONES: The client did not want a typical dining room setting, so we created a floor plan that felt more like a high-energy club lounge. We divided the space with a central lounge group that consisted of a long, white leather sofa, tables, and ottomans. Above the central lounge group, we installed a lush treatment of colorful over-sized lanterns intermingled with playful piñatas.

CHEZ: The floral design is so clever. We especially love the floral arrangements in the stone guacamole bowls! Could you talk us through the design?
JONES: Working alongside the talented planners of JDetailed Events and listening to our clients’ unique perspective, we found creative ways to incorporate a Mexican flavor.  We wanted to create a thoughtful design while maintaining an element of fun and whimsy. Inspired by a desert sunset, we conceptualized colorful floral in shades of orange, coral, hot pink, fuchsia, and yellow. For texture and interest, we incorporated unique floral such as magenta cockscomb, yellow craspedia, and desert succulents. Giant palm leaves were hand-painted with Mexican-inspired graffiti by our talented in-house artists at Kehoe Designs.

CHEZ: Was there one special detail that you loved?
JONES: I wanted to add a unique cocktail experience that nodded to our design concept. Our graphic arts department treated illuminated bar fronts with colorful custom artwork that was inspired by Mexican folk art. The bars, bar-back shelving, and up lights looked brilliant against the textural brick walls of Chez.

CHEZ: Lastly, we must ask about the life-sized bride and groom piñatas!
JONES: Weren’t they a hoot?! The life-sized piñatas that resembled our bride and groom were completely the clients’ idea! We got the call from JDetailed Events and we were ecstatic that our clients wanted to incorporate such a playful element within their event. Events come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. It’s such a pleasure playing a part in each client’s event design journey.

CHEZ: Thanks so much for spending some time with us today Joshua.