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Browse these live entertainment companies with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Chicago.

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Nick Connell
5.0
from 133 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 182 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Khristina D.
Verified review

Nick is fantastic! Once he got to the party he got right to work entertaining my guests! EVERYONE absolutely loved him! He was funny and charismatic. He easily juggled twisting balloons and entertaining kids AND adults waiting eagerly in line for a balloon animal, sword, hat... you name it he made it! I highly recommend him as a balloon twisting entertainment person! Many people at my party said they will be using him for their party! I plan to do more business with Nick in the future! Such a great addition to our party! Thanks Nick for making Bella's first birthday special, and entertaining ALL of our guest!

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Standing Ovation DJ's
4.9
from 118 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 280 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Krista S.
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Joe was very professional and my entire company enjoyed the music he played. We will definitely book him again for future events!

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The Great Boodini
4.9
from 106 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 199 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Linda N.
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The Great Boodini was awesome, engaged every age group and delighted the crowd. Loved he stayed much longer than the hour he was committed to perform! I will have The Great Boodini at my next family event and recommend him to anyone looking for great party entertainment.

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  • 10 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Charisse D.
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Susan was absolutely WONDERFUL! The children (and the adults) loved the very creative facepainting artwork. It made our event awesome. Susan was very professional, yet very personable. Our group was blessed to have her. Thank you, Susan!!!

Top Pro
  • 27 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Heidi F.
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Carl is the nicest, most accommodating DJ who truly cared about my wedding, and it's entertainment success. He was available and proactive from the time we booked him, until my actual wedding day. He was great with the crowd, and with my other vendors. I highly recommend his services!!

Top Pro
  • 40 years in business
  • 139 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Laurie L.
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Silly Aunt Nora Magician was amazing. I was a little worried that it might not be age appropriate for my 8 year old daughter's birthday party but she was absolutely fantastic! The kids loved the music face painting and magic tricks. She made my birthday girl feel really special and I'm pretty sure the adults loved her more than the kids. I'm so happy I hired her and highly recommend her for anyone looking for great children's entertainment.

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DJ AD Entertainment
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Yvonne P.
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We hired DJ AD Entertainment for our daughters college graduation party. All we can say is - EXCELLENT!! Due to weather issues we had to go to "Plan B" for the party location & they rolled with us. The music was fantastic & they expertly read the crowd. We continue to get rave reviews from our guest on the fun they had. We will definitely hire them again for our next event.

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Pocket Circus
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Hugo G.
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Pocket Circus is one of the best entertainment companies my family and I have seen. Their shows are fun, interactive, and informative. Audiences from babies to grandparents will enjoy a Pocket Circus show.

RVT Productions
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Kathryn R.
Verified review

I hired Ray for our wedding this past Friday and let me Tell you.... Ray was awesome!!! He was on time and set everything up promptly. Hi a requirement was top of the line. He was able to read our guests and play music to get them dancing. He was very upbeat and funny. It was such a pleasure working with him. He even stay an extra hour ;) so we can keep the party going! I will be definitely booking him for all future events. Thanks Ray!

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Elidia Festivities
4.5
from 50 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
David R.
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Very professional and over delivered. Face painting was a unique touch for our corporate holiday party. Our company will definitely invite her and her team back next year!

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Special Occasion Events INC
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Patty E.
Verified review

Special Occasion Events took care of the entertainment at my friends wedding earlier this year, they had a live Salsa band and a DJ! They did an amazing job, the MC was very attentive and made sure everyone had a really fun time, he did a salsa class and everyone joined in, it was so much fun!!

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Jon Novi
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Larry B.
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My wife and I looked carefully for a saxophone teacher for our son, and we hit the jackpot with Jon Novi. Jon teaches our son the basics, but more important, he engages him and inspires him. Jon draws out our son's natural creativity and joy so that he's not just playing notes but truly playing music.

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TwistiCity
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Miguel C.
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Scott did a great job and was excellent entertainment for the kids in attendance. He catered to the adults & childrens request. Professional, kind & cool guy to hire. I'd definitely recommend his services to others.

Top Pro
  • 21 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Joanne M.
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Review for William Powers I am a non-professional singer interested in improving my overall level of performance in both solo and choral situations. I have worked with Mr. Powers on several occasions in preparation for a vocal recital and an opera performance, and I truly cannot recommend him highly enough! Not only is he great fun to work with, he is able to quickly and accurately assess my strengths and weaknesses as a performer, and offer practical advice that I can put into use immediately. He is particularly effective in helping me bring a song to life by examining the emotional content of the music and lyrics, and then presenting it in such a way as to deeply touch the hearts and minds of my listeners. Whatever your current level of skill as a singer, actor, or public speaker, and whether you are an amateur or professional performer, Mr. Powers can give you the inspiration and the practical tools to move on to a much higher level!

  • 16 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff B.
Verified review

We had a store meeting and hired Edd to work the crowd as well as perform an entertainment show. Simply outstanding and well recieved by a group of people ranging from ages 19-80... Thank you Edd for helping us celebrate the success of our business!

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Matthew Steiner
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jamie H.
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Matt performed at our wedding ceremony and it was the perfect addition. Churches typically allow only approved religious songs during the ceremony itself, however, Matt's guitar playing at the beginning and end of the ceremony was a great way to incorporate our own musical favorites and really personalize the experience for us and our guests. I had numerous guests comment on his guitar playing skills and how they enjoyed the live music and recognizable songs while they waited.

EDTV MEDIA (ED JOHNSON)
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elizabeth R.
Verified review

Ed volunteered his time to DJ at our Inaugural Lambs Farm Fun & Fit Family Day 5K in 2014 and the year after. Ed kept all of our guests entertained and informed with great music and announcements. He was very easy to work with. His personality was great and is always super friendly. We appreciate the time Ed dedicated to our events. As a non profit, we raise money for adults with developmental disabilities and as Ed volunteered his time, we are grateful for that!

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Ryan Gorey Media
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Karen P.
Verified review

Looking forward to having him entertain our event!!!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon K.
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Kathy sang at my California wedding in August 2014, during the ceremony and the reception. I discussed the songs I was considering with Kathy many times in the months leading up to our wedding and she listened to my ideas, giving guidance and suggestions for impactful songs. We ended up choosing an Adele song for the ceremony and a Beatles song for the reception. One of our guests told me after that he's only cried at two weddings: his and when Kathy sand Adele at ours. If I could give Kathy six stars, I would. Kathy is the epitome of professional. In a process filled with weirdly secretive costs (the minute you say wedding, costs increase exponentially) it was a huge relief to have someone up front, honest and fair with prices and expectations. If you are worried about having a meaningful music experience, hire Kathy. She listened to our desire for an emotional performance at the ceremony and a more 'fun song' at the reception and knocked it out of the park with "I'm So Tired" by the Beatles. I could go on about all the ways Kathy enhanced our wedding experience, but let me leave it at this: if you are even remotely considering live music at your wedding, you would be crazy not to contact Kathy.

Sid & Hala
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Angie R.
Verified review

I am so pleased with Sid and Hala. We had them play for my mom's 80th birthday party last weekend. Beginning with my first correspondence with them up until they left the party, they were wonderful. I have never used Thumbtack before or even heard of Thumbtack so I didn't know what to expect. I put in the information to Thumbtack a few months ago looking for a live band for my mom's birthday party. I had no idea what a live band would cost and if there was anything available where I was looking to have the party. (The party was a good hour from any major city). So once I entered the information into the Thumbtack website, within maybe an hour or so Sid and Hala contacted me. They introduced themselves, informed me about the type of band they were (acoustic), type of music they played and told me costs in the first correspondence (quite reasonable I thought). We went back and forth several times with questions of mine and their answers and they always answered within an hour. Can you believe they were willing to drive 2 hours to my event! I couldn't believe it. No extra charge for drive time either! So we had a verbal/email commitment with them and the next week they emailed a contract that I signed and sent back to them. We emailed back and forth a couple of times over the following few months up until the event. The emails were mainly regarding song selection. They have a good sized list of songs they play on their website. I had two song requests that they didn't currently play but they were more than willing to learn for me. The day of the party they were right on time-1 pm sharp. They were professional and polite. They gave themselves an hour to set up and started right at 2 pm like we planned. They checked in with me prior to starting to ask about when they should play the songs they learned special for me. They asked if it was okay if they took a break in the middle. (Of course it was okay!) The quality of performance was 5 star and then some. Their voices are beautiful and work really well together. I had listened to several of their songs on you-tube prior and the internet quality of the music was not the greatest for some of the songs. Let me tell you that in person they are fabulous!! So much sound and talent from two people. My family threw in some song requests that they were not expecting and they accommodated beautifully. They could play the music and just looked up the words on their smart phones so they didn't make any mistakes. That was the only time they had to read lyrics. If you had not been looking at them you would have never known they were reading the music. I received compliment after compliment from our guests on how great the music was. I cannot recommend this acoustic band enough. You will not be disappointed. Well worth the money.

Real Precedent Muzik Group
4.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lacy C.
Verified review

Excellent service, great music thanks for helping me make the party a success!! Will highly recommend.

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