Posts Tagged ‘Chicago


Official Opinion: Hard to Say “No” to 90’s R&B

Today, the Stitely Office was whisked away oh so tenderly by the 90’s R&B group, AZ Yet. Singing a cover of Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” this single went to #8 on the Hot 100 and achieved platinum status. The song was also nominated for a Grammy  in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or  Group with Vocals! Looking for another tender loving song for a dance at your wedding? Listen to AZ Yet! Thank’s N’Jameh (Stitely’s marketing Intern) for this week’s Music Monday choice!


Official Opinion: What’s On Your Summer Playlist?

Stitely is turning up the heat this summer at our weddings and corporate events. Meanwhile, our staff’s iPod’s are playing this summer’s hot new tracks. Check out what N’Jameh, (Stitely’s Multimedia and Marketing Intern) is listening to on her earbuds.

Waking up to this summer’s heat, a girl needs to get her mind in order and be on her “A” game before she even thinks about walking outside! One of the best ways she can do this is by blasting her iPod and playing music that energizes her. Well, you can catch me listening to these tunes in the morning…

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1.) Hey Baby- Bruce Channel
2.) Love On Top- Beyonce
3.) The One Who Loves You the Most- Brett Dennen
4.) The Coffee Song- Frank Sinatra
5.) Hang With Me- Robyn
6.) Don’t Worry Baby- The Beach Boys

Then, for the afternoon train rides home…

6.) Sultans of Swing- The Dire Straits
7.) Sabotage- Wale Ft. Lloyd
8.) Postcards From Italy- Beirut
9.) Valerie- Amy Winehouse
10.) Each Day Gets Better- John Legend

And the for the night of relaxation…

11.) Belated Promise Ring- Iron and Wine
12.) Better Together- Jack Johnson
13.) Gonna Do Now- Joss Stone
14.) Me and My Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
15.) How the Day Sounds- Greg Laswell
16.) Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
17.) Humble Me- Norah Jones
18.) Payphone- Maroon 5
19.) Stir it Up- Bob Marley
20.) Fly Me to the Moon- Nat King Cole

This versatile playlist has got enough to keep you movin’ and groovin’ down the sidewalk, cruising in your car down Lake Shore Dr., or even sitting on the deck with a daiquiri in hand.

Now it’s your turn! Comment to us about what’s on your playlist. 🙂 Happy Reading.


Official Opinions: So long 2011, hello 2012

With blizzards, earthquakes, money issues, car problems, stubbed toes and splinters- did anything good happen this year!!? Rest assured, Stitely Entertainment has the best places in Chicago for you to say bye bye 2011, hello 2012!

For groovy club-goers, check out “New Year’s Eve Chicago 2012: Bass Drop”. This electric celebration takes places at the Portage Theatre and will be featuring bands such as Dubstep, The Coop and, IndigoSun. There will also be live performances such as fire dances and a light show. When purchasing your tickets be sure to include the coupon code “FUNKYBOOSTERS.COM” to receive an additional $2 off your ticket.

If you are looking for a variety of options for New Years Eve, Navy Pier offers just that. From their dinner cruises to a family celebration there is something for everyone! One of their biggest New Years Eve party is in the Crystal Gardens. Although ticket prices may be a bit pricey, it includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, two DJs and a private midnight firework show! Bringing in the new year in this classy atmosphere will surely guarantee a successful 2012!

The Palmer House Hilton is an outstanding venue where many couples exchange vows, but did you also know that they throw a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash? This exclusive, high-end party are for the big shots who love to bring in the new yeaPalmer House Hiltonr in style. Party packages include a 4 hour top shelf open bar, celebrity DJs, hors d’oeuvres & dessert, and bubbly champagne served in the ballroom all night long. Tickets are on sale now for this fantastic evening so order now!

If none of these options sound like your style, then bring in the new year with your family and friends! Host your own themed party, drink lots of champagne and celebrate with the people who got you through this past year, and who will be there in the new year. Happy New Year’s Stitely fans!


Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again. Cubicle dwellers dread checking their e-mails daily because they know that soon enough they’ll see the “urgent” message regarding their RSVP to the holiday office party. The veterans will immediately seek a way out. The 20 year employee miraculously has no problem calling his wife and saying, ” You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately, and we should really spend some more time with our family. Wouldn’t it be great if we visited your parents for the week?” It will be a cakewalk compared to dealing with the new kid who’s a bit too open about his personal life after a few glasses of punch.

If your office actually puts on a great party at the end of the year, then this post isn’t for you. However, we’re not all that lucky. For the rookies out there who aren’t able to come up with an escape plan before the party committee corners you, here are a few tips on how to survive the office party and avoid going down in office lore as “the guy that mistook the copy machine for a urinal.” Continue reading ‘Official Opinions: The Office Party Survival Guide’


Official Opinions: Taste of Chicago Music Guide

If you live in Chicagoland, odds are you’ve been to the Taste of Chicago. Not only is it the city’s biggest festival, it’s also the largest food festival in the world. Warm weather, free admission, and a host of Chicago culinary favorites make the Taste a can’t-miss event.

Aside from the giant turkey legs and Rainbow Cones, the Taste also offers incredible live performances from some major musical acts. In past years, artists like Carlos Santana, Kenny Rogers, and Trey Songz have all graced the Grant Park stage.

In 2011, the run of great performers continues. Each day’s entertainment has a theme, with most shows happening at the Illinois Lottery Stage while the headliner plays the Petrillo Music Shell on South Columbus Drive. Let’s take a look at what remains for this year’s lineup.

Wednesday, June 29: Celtic Music Day: Enjoy two hour blocks of Celtic dance performances at noon and at 2:40 pm, and then enjoy a headliner double dose at 5 pm featuring Liz Carroll, John Doyle and John Williams, followed by renowned fiddler Natalie MacMaster.

Thursday, June 30: Variety Day: Get your calypso fix at noon with local quartet Steelin’ Jazz. After grabbing lunch at the festival, White Mystery hits the stage at 4 pm with some brother-sister garage rock. Grammy-winning headliner Natalie Cole will take the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell at 6 pm, and you don’t want to miss such an “Unforgettable” performance.

Friday, July 1: Country & Americana Music Day: At 1:20 pm, Whitey Morgan and the 78s bring honky tonk country to the Taste. The headliner duo of Court Yard Hounds – which boasts sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of Dixie Chicks fame – and country music icon Loretta Lynn is sure to have Grant Park jumping.

Saturday, July 2: Variety Day: Chicago Yestet, a HUGE jazz collective, brings their unique blend of brass, spoken word, and activism to the Illinois Lottery Stage at noon. At 3 pm, headliners will be the recently reunited country rockers The Jayhawks, as well as Everest. Run over and check out retro soul group The Congregation at 4 pm; the band is a Metromix Chicago Rock ‘n’ Vote 2011 finalist!

Sunday, July 3: Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Party: Taste 2011 ends on a high note, as the city celebrates legendary blues label Alligator Records. With all the classic blues in the air, it’ll be tough to focus on the food. At noon, enjoy Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials and at 2:40 pm Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King will take the crowd into the evening.

As much as it’s a celebration of the world-class food that Chicago offers, the Taste is also one of the best (and cheapest) ways to enjoy diverse, quality Chicago music. And few things go better with good food than good music.

The Taste runs daily from June 24-July 3rd, with gates opening at 11 am. Admission is free and food/drink tickets are $8 for a strip of 12.


official opinions: How does your garden grow?

Looking for something to do this weekend to help celebrate the warm weather and the coming of spring? Join the Wicker Park Choral Singers for “How Does Your Garden Grow?” a fun, FREE hour of music on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  Concert times are below:

Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL

The concert program is a bouquet of fine choral works, spanning William Byrd’s English Renaissance to the rock-infused music of New Yorker Matthew Harris. Audience members can celebrate the arrival of spring with Leonard Bernstein’s French influenced “Spring Song,” observe the abundant flora through Benjamin Britten’s “Five Flower Songs,” and experience the theatrical drama of a thunderstorm as depicted in Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst.”

To bring some literal garden growth to the event, WPCS is proud to be partnering with the esteemed Wicker Park Garden Club for this concert. The club will be providing seed packages for all concert goers at a ‘green’ information table in the fellowship hall of the church after the performance. Audience members will be encouraged to plant some seeds of their own, read about green technologies like recycling and water conservation, and attend a spring gardening session in Wicker Park where the garden club maintains 10,000 square feet of ornamental and training gardens.

Stitely Staffer, Rachel Mikolajczyk, has been a part of the choir since its inception in 2008.  (Click here for more info) This concert she is joined by Stitely’s Event Planning Coordinator, Carly Loonan, who is playing percussion on “Cloudburst.”  Come out to support the arts and celebrate spring!  (Or to admire Rachel’s hand bell solo.)  Hope to see you there!


Official Opinions: And the winner is…

We are very proud to announce that Stitely Entertainment has been voted by our 2010 wedding clients to the The Knot’s Best of Weddings for another year!  We’ve received this honor in both 2008 & 2009 as well.  We are also the recipient of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award for 2011.  Both of these awards  recognize top wedding professionals who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, as voted by past clients.

Thank you to our clients for selecting us for this award and to all of our musicians and staff for their contributions that made this year so successful.  Congratulations to all of our vendor partners who also received The Knot’s Best of Weddings award. These are just a few of the great companies on the list:


Official Opinions: Music Monday Bob Dylan

Today’s Music Monday pick is a blast from the past! Carly chose a song by Bob Dylan, “A Song to Woody,”  one of the first ever songs released by the legendary singer-songwriter. It was released on his debut album in 1962 and was written for Woody Guthrie one of his biggest idol’s. Enjoy this Monday’s oldie!


Music Monday: “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly

For this week’s Music Monday Eric chose “Streets in the Rain” by Sean Kelly. He is the lead singer for a band called The Samples, which was formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1987, and came from the members’ early sustenance of food samples from the local grocery store.The group’s music can be described as a mix between reggae and rock/pop. Enjoy!






Stitely Soundboard: Stitely’s Valentine’s Dance- Oh What A Night!

I don’t know that there are enough words to describe the scene at Stitely Entertainment‘s Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day Dance last Saturday night. The Mid-America Club was an phenomenal host, with great views both inside and out.

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The festively decorated interior was filled red and pink balloons, while guests marveled at the view of the city from the 80th floor.  The evening began with a delicious dinner prepared by the Club’s gourmet chef.  While the diners enjoyed their meal, a Stitely soloist serenaded the happy couples with romantic violin music.  It was after dinner that the dance party really began.

The Stitely Orchestra, Chicago Groove Collective and DJ Vincent did a fantastic job of getting everyone, old and young, on the dance floor and keeping them there all night.  As a company with a passion for celebration, it was so great to see everyone out there enjoying themselves, losing themselves in the music and ambiance of the affair.  Everyone had a great time dancing the night away with their friends and/or valentines. Some of the highlights of the evening include the Stitely Orchestra’s showstopping rendition of Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope.”  Joan Collasso’s voice really brought the house down! And we could not have been happier with the debut of the revitalized Chicago Groove Collective. Their versions of “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and “Only Girl” by Rihanna brought a ton of energy to the dance floor and collected any remaining wallflowers.  Another treat for the younger crowd was “California Girls” and “Groove is in the Heart.”

Stitely guests feeling the music

Another people-pleaser was the photo shoot area provided by Best Friend Photography and Design.  In another area of the Club, Ingid set up a blank background and box full of fun props and let the guests’ goofy antics do the rest.  A huge shout-out to Ingrid and her crew for the fab photos she took of the evening too!

Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a success! It was so great to see some of our past clients, interns and friends dance the night away.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, including our very own Peggy Latko, we missed you and hope to see you next year.

Jeff and the Stitely gang

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