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Best of 2016: Celebrations

Make It Better’s Best of 2016 drew more than 168,000 votes across 11 categories. Share your thoughts with us on social media using the hashtag #Bestof2016.

Best Kids Birthday Party Venue

Kohl Children’s Museum [1]

Party guests receive full-day admission and, if the host desires, the museum can take care of literally everything, including paper products and cupcakes. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Best Teen Birthday Party Venue

Pinstripes [2]

Whether your teen wants to bowl, play bocce or dance the night away, there’s a way to make it happen here (with a side of delicious food). 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook

Best Wedding Venue (Suburbs)

Chicago Botanic Garden [3]

You don’t need to decorate much when CBG is your backdrop. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden [3]

Photo by Kristin La Voie Photography.

Best Wedding Venue (Chicago)

The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago [4]

Say “I do” or host your reception in this sleek area of the Art Institute. 159 E. Monroe St., Chicago

Best Caterer (Suburbs)

Catering by Michaels [5]

This multi-time winner is the only caterer in North America that is both Green Restaurant and Green Seal certified. 6203 Park Ave., Morton Grove

Catering by Michael's [5]

Best Caterer (Chicago)

Food for Thought [6]

Let this 30-year-old institution do the work so you can enjoy the moment. 7001 N. Ridgeway Ave., Lincolnwood

Best Event Planner

North Shore Weddings & Events [7]

Founder Megan Estrada prides herself on giving clients unique events beyond their wildest dreams. 990 Green Bay Road, Suite 2, Winnetka

North Shore Weddings & Events [7]

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photography.

Best Blooms

FlowersFlowers [8]

This favorite flower shop has won every year since 2011. 1110 Davis St., Evanston

Best Band

Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra [9]

This group will give you and your guests an experience they won’t soon forget. 1415 Sherman Ave., Suite 101, Evanston

best-of-2015-Ken-Arlen-Orchestra [9]

Best Makeup Artist

Elise Brill of Leesi B Cosmetics [10]

Elise Brill has more than 20 years of experience and has helped more than 1,000 Chicago area brides on their big day.

Elise Brill [10]

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