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Cage and Aquarium Productions

Chicago , IL
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1803 W Byron #104
Chicago, IL 60613 US (map)

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312-725-2243
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ABOUT US

Cage Aquarium - A Division of Scratch Events, is a premier event deejay, photography and live music service in partnership with the nationally recognized, Scratch Academy. As veterans in... Read more
Cage Aquarium - A Division of Scratch Events, is a premier event deejay, photography and live music service in partnership with the nationally recognized, Scratch Academy. As veterans in Chicago's private event and wedding circle, Cage Aquarium is always ahead of the curve as a unique option for deejay, photography and live music services. With standard turntable service and unique offerings such as Wax Weddings, an event experience aimed strictly at vinyl music enthusiasts, C A has the drive to bring clients top talent, a personalized playlist, and memorable moments. Cage Aquarium services can set a vibe, change a mood or define a moment. Read less
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What music genres do you specialize in?
Country, Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Oldies, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Top 40
What services do you offer?
Consultation, Liability Insurance
What additional equipment do you offer?
Microphones, Sound/PA System

REVIEWS

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Mary
Wedding:
4/28/2017
5.0/5.0
Working with Cage & Aquarium was a very enjoyable experience. We hired them both for photography and deejay services. When we met with Shelley, one of the co-owners of the company, we knew we wanted to hire them. I cannot say enough great things about Shelley. She is well-organized, a great communicator, and has a great ease about her which just makes everything seem so effortless and easy—it’s exactly what you want when planning a wedding. We selected Shelley as our main photographer and Chris Triche as our deejay and we were very pleased with both of them.

On the photography front, we did both engagement photos and our wedding photos with Shelley. Jade was the second shooter on our wedding day. Our engagement photos turned out really great and we can’t wait to receive our wedding photos next month! Not only was Shelley able to capture beautiful posed shots, but she also captured some special moments when I didn’t even know we were being photographed. Some of those turned out to be my favorite photos!

We picked Chris because we saw him perform at one of C&A's deejay showcases. We knew he was the one for us based on the music he played that night. Chris really took the time to get to know us and our musical tastes and it reflected in the music for our cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. We got compliments from both our younger friends and older relatives alike. One of my friends even said she wanted to sit down and take a break, but every song he played was so good, she just had to keep dancing!

Probably the best part aside from the music was Chris's ability to keep the event moving and keeping things on time. He knew when we needed to do the various things like our speeches, cutting the cake, etc. and was so great about letting us know without being pushy. He was truly a professional. We didn't have one worry the entire night which is really great because we were able to enjoy ourselves.

We highly recommend Cage & Aquarium!
Working with Cage & Aquarium was a very enjoyable experience. We hired them both for photography and deejay services. When Read more...
Working with Cage & Aquarium was a very enjoyable experience. We hired them both for photography and deejay services. When we met with Shelley, one of the co-owners of the company, we knew we wanted to hire them. I cannot say enough great things about Shelley. She is well-organized, a great communicator, and has a great ease about her which just makes everything seem so effortless and easy—it’s exactly what you want when planning a wedding. We selected Shelley as our main photographer and Chris Triche as our deejay and we were very pleased with both of them.

On the photography front, we did both engagement photos and our wedding photos with Shelley. Jade was the second shooter on our wedding day. Our engagement photos turned out really great and we can’t wait to receive our wedding photos next month! Not only was Shelley able to capture beautiful posed shots, but she also captured some special moments when I didn’t even know we were being photographed. Some of those turned out to be my favorite photos!

We picked Chris because we saw him perform at one of C&A's deejay showcases. We knew he was the one for us based on the music he played that night. Chris really took the time to get to know us and our musical tastes and it reflected in the music for our cocktail hour, dinner, and reception. We got compliments from both our younger friends and older relatives alike. One of my friends even said she wanted to sit down and take a break, but every song he played was so good, she just had to keep dancing!

Probably the best part aside from the music was Chris's ability to keep the event moving and keeping things on time. He knew when we needed to do the various things like our speeches, cutting the cake, etc. and was so great about letting us know without being pushy. He was truly a professional. We didn't have one worry the entire night which is really great because we were able to enjoy ourselves.

We highly recommend Cage & Aquarium! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Brittany
Wedding:
3/25/2017
5.0/5.0
Cage & Aquarium is where it is at!! We went with Cody. If you are trying to decide between Cody and someone else, stop wasting your time and go with Cody! You will not find a better DJ in Chicago. We met with him and discussed our music taste and sent him a long list of songs. Unlike other DJ's in the area he artistically included everything we could wish for. What else could you want in a DJ but to listen to you and then make it amazing with his talents? I was super impressed with him all night and he even did a few remixes with some of our favorite songs that we will remember for a lifetime! Seriously, the DJ is the backbone of your wedding and you do not want to mess it up. Go with Cody. He did great from the first song of the ceremony all the way through the reception. Bravo and I thank him for helping to make our wedding the best day of our lives.
-Brittany and Cem "Gem" Kuru
Cage & Aquarium is where it is at!! We went with Cody. If you are trying to decide between Cody and someone else, stop Read more...
Cage & Aquarium is where it is at!! We went with Cody. If you are trying to decide between Cody and someone else, stop wasting your time and go with Cody! You will not find a better DJ in Chicago. We met with him and discussed our music taste and sent him a long list of songs. Unlike other DJ's in the area he artistically included everything we could wish for. What else could you want in a DJ but to listen to you and then make it amazing with his talents? I was super impressed with him all night and he even did a few remixes with some of our favorite songs that we will remember for a lifetime! Seriously, the DJ is the backbone of your wedding and you do not want to mess it up. Go with Cody. He did great from the first song of the ceremony all the way through the reception. Bravo and I thank him for helping to make our wedding the best day of our lives.
-Brittany and Cem "Gem" Kuru Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
12/31/2016
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about how AMAZING Cage and Aquarium was for our wedding! We got them from a recommendation from my friends/cousins wedding. We decided to go with both photography and dj and could not have been happier! They give a nice discount if you book with both. Shelley is head of photography and her husband, Tyler, is the head of the music part of the company. They were fantastic to talk with and work with! Let's start with the music, they have you take a survey so they can make sure they match you with the right dj for your event, and they know their stuff because they matched us with Adam and he was AWESOME!!! We met a couple of times, he got to know us, our vibe, and knew exactly what we wanted, and it was great. We got so many compliments about the music from our wedding, he was great! I am Greek, so part of the wedding needed to have Greek music, and he played it like he's been doing it forever. He did an amazing job mixing traditional Greek music with top 40/fun dance songs, we never wanted the party to stop!
Shelley hooked us up with Eva as our lead photographer, and Shelley was also there as the second photographer. They were fantastic! They took amazing photos, had great ideas for locations and we could not be happier with the end product. Aside from the staged pictures we took before and right after the ceremony, a nice thing was that we didn't even notice that they were there, we were able to enjoy our evening and have amazing photos to remember the night. Our style was more photo journalistic, we just wanted them to capture as many natural moments as possible, and they definitely did! I couldn't believe that they do a standard 10 hours of photography on the day of the wedding, and then you can add on more hours if you need. If we didn't get married on New Years Eve, then the 10 hours would have been plenty, but we were able to add on a few more and it worked out great. I highly, highly recommend working with C&A!!!
I cannot say enough about how AMAZING Cage and Aquarium was for our wedding! We got them from a recommendation from my Read more...
I cannot say enough about how AMAZING Cage and Aquarium was for our wedding! We got them from a recommendation from my friends/cousins wedding. We decided to go with both photography and dj and could not have been happier! They give a nice discount if you book with both. Shelley is head of photography and her husband, Tyler, is the head of the music part of the company. They were fantastic to talk with and work with! Let's start with the music, they have you take a survey so they can make sure they match you with the right dj for your event, and they know their stuff because they matched us with Adam and he was AWESOME!!! We met a couple of times, he got to know us, our vibe, and knew exactly what we wanted, and it was great. We got so many compliments about the music from our wedding, he was great! I am Greek, so part of the wedding needed to have Greek music, and he played it like he's been doing it forever. He did an amazing job mixing traditional Greek music with top 40/fun dance songs, we never wanted the party to stop!
Shelley hooked us up with Eva as our lead photographer, and Shelley was also there as the second photographer. They were fantastic! They took amazing photos, had great ideas for locations and we could not be happier with the end product. Aside from the staged pictures we took before and right after the ceremony, a nice thing was that we didn't even notice that they were there, we were able to enjoy our evening and have amazing photos to remember the night. Our style was more photo journalistic, we just wanted them to capture as many natural moments as possible, and they definitely did! I couldn't believe that they do a standard 10 hours of photography on the day of the wedding, and then you can add on more hours if you need. If we didn't get married on New Years Eve, then the 10 hours would have been plenty, but we were able to add on a few more and it worked out great. I highly, highly recommend working with C&A!!! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Joanna
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Cage & Aquarium for our November wedding! Shelley and Tyler were friendly and easy to work with in the beginning stages of consultation and booking, and once we met our matched DJ (Chris), we were so excited to work with him for our big day! He was so friendly and professional, and we were impressed when he mentioned he was going to stop by our venue to check it out prior to the wedding, as he had never been there before. He handled the speeches and first dances well, and kept our boisterous group dancing the whole night. Thanks again, Chris, for a fun night we won't forget!
We had a great experience with Cage & Aquarium for our November wedding! Shelley and Tyler were friendly and easy to work Read more...
We had a great experience with Cage & Aquarium for our November wedding! Shelley and Tyler were friendly and easy to work with in the beginning stages of consultation and booking, and once we met our matched DJ (Chris), we were so excited to work with him for our big day! He was so friendly and professional, and we were impressed when he mentioned he was going to stop by our venue to check it out prior to the wedding, as he had never been there before. He handled the speeches and first dances well, and kept our boisterous group dancing the whole night. Thanks again, Chris, for a fun night we won't forget! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Maggie
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
WOW! Cage and Aquarium was professional, helpful, and absolutely amazing every step of the wedding planning process. We used Cage and Aquarium for both our photography and DJ services because they were a preferred vendor of our venue, and wow am I thankful for that! Not only did booking both services through them give us a discount, it also made the planning process so much easier because I had one contact for both services. The initial sit-down with Shelley, the General Manager put me at ease for the rest of the planning process. She was organized and open, and answered any and all of our questions. Shelley was quick to response via email, and always available to solve issues when we had situations arise. There are not enough positive words to describe how amazing our photographers were! Our photographers, Katie and Hadassah, were (one of) my favorite parts of the entire wedding day! Both ladies arrived on time, professional, and excited to be a part of the big day. After the wedding, Shelley and the whole team at Cage and Aquarium have been very responsive, and even sent us a sneak peek of our pictures so that we could order Thank You Cards. I would recommend any and all brides looking for a relaxed, professional, caring and organized company for their photography services! I never felt like just another bride to them, and I thank Cage and Aquarium for making our wedding day the dream I always imagined! Our DJ, Sandra was amazing! I still have guests telling me how perfect the music was during the reception. Our meeting with Sandra before the wedding gave us time to discuss likes and get a good vibe of how the whole day would go. Sandra did a site visit before the wedding to make sure she was familiar with the venue. We had plans fall through last minute for live music for our ceremony, and Sandra stepped in to do our ceremony and worked with the groom for specific clips of songs he wanted for the ceremony! Overall Sandra was the perfect addition to our wedding!
WOW! Cage and Aquarium was professional, helpful, and absolutely amazing every step of the wedding planning process. We Read more...
WOW! Cage and Aquarium was professional, helpful, and absolutely amazing every step of the wedding planning process. We used Cage and Aquarium for both our photography and DJ services because they were a preferred vendor of our venue, and wow am I thankful for that! Not only did booking both services through them give us a discount, it also made the planning process so much easier because I had one contact for both services. The initial sit-down with Shelley, the General Manager put me at ease for the rest of the planning process. She was organized and open, and answered any and all of our questions. Shelley was quick to response via email, and always available to solve issues when we had situations arise. There are not enough positive words to describe how amazing our photographers were! Our photographers, Katie and Hadassah, were (one of) my favorite parts of the entire wedding day! Both ladies arrived on time, professional, and excited to be a part of the big day. After the wedding, Shelley and the whole team at Cage and Aquarium have been very responsive, and even sent us a sneak peek of our pictures so that we could order Thank You Cards. I would recommend any and all brides looking for a relaxed, professional, caring and organized company for their photography services! I never felt like just another bride to them, and I thank Cage and Aquarium for making our wedding day the dream I always imagined! Our DJ, Sandra was amazing! I still have guests telling me how perfect the music was during the reception. Our meeting with Sandra before the wedding gave us time to discuss likes and get a good vibe of how the whole day would go. Sandra did a site visit before the wedding to make sure she was familiar with the venue. We had plans fall through last minute for live music for our ceremony, and Sandra stepped in to do our ceremony and worked with the groom for specific clips of songs he wanted for the ceremony! Overall Sandra was the perfect addition to our wedding! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Tyler took great care of us! We were lucky enough to book Tyler for our big day this past October and couldn't have been more pleased. We threw a lot of logistics at Tyler that day - live music, many speeches, an organized dance and he handled it all brilliantly. He also introduced us to a few music options we hadn't heard of that worked really well while people filed into our venue. Also our dance floor was packed the entire time! We can thank Tyler for reading the crowd correctly and picking great songs to keep everyone moving. He's a real pro and you'll be in great hands if you work with Tyler for your wedding.
Tyler took great care of us! We were lucky enough to book Tyler for our big day this past October and couldn't have been Read more...
Tyler took great care of us! We were lucky enough to book Tyler for our big day this past October and couldn't have been more pleased. We threw a lot of logistics at Tyler that day - live music, many speeches, an organized dance and he handled it all brilliantly. He also introduced us to a few music options we hadn't heard of that worked really well while people filed into our venue. Also our dance floor was packed the entire time! We can thank Tyler for reading the crowd correctly and picking great songs to keep everyone moving. He's a real pro and you'll be in great hands if you work with Tyler for your wedding. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From each step in the process, C&A was professional, timely and fun to work with. Their process for finding you DJ match was great and we got along with him (Cody) very well. They not only listen to your requests but also make great suggestions when you may not know what is best. On the day of the wedding, Cody was timely and extremely helpful throughout the ceremony and reception. The vibe was great during dinner and he kicked it off when it was time to dance. Before the wedding I was worried because I wasn’t really sure if our guests would be up for dancing but Cody made sure everyone was on the dance floor having a great time. We would definitely recommend C&A to anyone looking for DJ services for their wedding! (Married Oct 2016)
From each step in the process, C&A was professional, timely and fun to work with. Their process for finding you DJ match Read more...
From each step in the process, C&A was professional, timely and fun to work with. Their process for finding you DJ match was great and we got along with him (Cody) very well. They not only listen to your requests but also make great suggestions when you may not know what is best. On the day of the wedding, Cody was timely and extremely helpful throughout the ceremony and reception. The vibe was great during dinner and he kicked it off when it was time to dance. Before the wedding I was worried because I wasn’t really sure if our guests would be up for dancing but Cody made sure everyone was on the dance floor having a great time. We would definitely recommend C&A to anyone looking for DJ services for their wedding! (Married Oct 2016) Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Abby
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Our vendor first recommended us to Cage + Aquarium, and then we got to meet them at a wedding event (Wedtoberfest - so fun, you should go!). After meeting with their head DJ (Tyler) and two other potential companies, it was an easy choice. I really appreciated the chance to hear multiple DJs at one of their events, but we knew from the get-go that we wanted Tyler. Luckily, he was available to work our wedding!

Tyler's enthusiasm regarding our music choices was so great. And he was able to take our ideas and bring them to life the day of our wedding. Not only that, we had numerous compliments on the music that was played throughout the evening. Everything was perfect!
Our vendor first recommended us to Cage + Aquarium, and then we got to meet them at a wedding event (Wedtoberfest - so Read more...
Our vendor first recommended us to Cage + Aquarium, and then we got to meet them at a wedding event (Wedtoberfest - so fun, you should go!). After meeting with their head DJ (Tyler) and two other potential companies, it was an easy choice. I really appreciated the chance to hear multiple DJs at one of their events, but we knew from the get-go that we wanted Tyler. Luckily, he was available to work our wedding!

Tyler's enthusiasm regarding our music choices was so great. And he was able to take our ideas and bring them to life the day of our wedding. Not only that, we had numerous compliments on the music that was played throughout the evening. Everything was perfect! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
We booked Cage and Aquarium for our wedding, one of the big factors being price. They were significantly cheaper than the other DJs we researched, especially given that our wedding was on a holiday. I was worried, having a "you get what you pay for" mentality but Eddie, our DJ, was really great. After talking with him, I didn't feel overwhelmingly like he understood what I wanted to achieve music wise for the dancing portion of the evening, but on the actual day, things went about as well as they could have. He took requests and played a lot of songs that made our nieces and nephews really enjoy the dance floor.

Eddie deserves a special shout out because he really saved the day when it came time for a little video we wanted to show our guest before dinner. We rented a projector from another vendor and while that person told me they would be able to supply the cords required to hook up, when we got the projector the morning of the wedding, they informed us that they didn't have any cords! We purchased a few things at Best Buy and then when it was time to get set up, we realized we didn't have what we needed, but by this time the wedding had already started. Eddie, who had an assistant with him, actually went home, got the appropriate cord from his own personal collection, and set everything up in time for the video to be played, right on schedule. Definitely above and beyond.
Overall, a super fun evening. My husband and I danced the whole time.
We booked Cage and Aquarium for our wedding, one of the big factors being price. They were significantly cheaper than the Read more...
We booked Cage and Aquarium for our wedding, one of the big factors being price. They were significantly cheaper than the other DJs we researched, especially given that our wedding was on a holiday. I was worried, having a "you get what you pay for" mentality but Eddie, our DJ, was really great. After talking with him, I didn't feel overwhelmingly like he understood what I wanted to achieve music wise for the dancing portion of the evening, but on the actual day, things went about as well as they could have. He took requests and played a lot of songs that made our nieces and nephews really enjoy the dance floor.

Eddie deserves a special shout out because he really saved the day when it came time for a little video we wanted to show our guest before dinner. We rented a projector from another vendor and while that person told me they would be able to supply the cords required to hook up, when we got the projector the morning of the wedding, they informed us that they didn't have any cords! We purchased a few things at Best Buy and then when it was time to get set up, we realized we didn't have what we needed, but by this time the wedding had already started. Eddie, who had an assistant with him, actually went home, got the appropriate cord from his own personal collection, and set everything up in time for the video to be played, right on schedule. Definitely above and beyond.
Overall, a super fun evening. My husband and I danced the whole time. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Laura
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Cage and Aquarium are fabulous! They were the second vendor we picked after our venue. We first decided to book Kristin as our photographer and then, after the excellent and personalized conversations with Shelley, decided that we wanted Cage and Aquarium for our dj. We were matched with Tyler and felt that he really took the time to figure out what kind of music we wanted to hear on our wedding day. They asked so many detailed questions (photography and dj) and helped us make determinations about our first dance and other special songs. Kristin was a fabulous photographer and very efficient! I'm very pleased and cannot wait to see the finalized pictures!
Cage and Aquarium are fabulous! They were the second vendor we picked after our venue. We first decided to book Kristin as Read more...
Cage and Aquarium are fabulous! They were the second vendor we picked after our venue. We first decided to book Kristin as our photographer and then, after the excellent and personalized conversations with Shelley, decided that we wanted Cage and Aquarium for our dj. We were matched with Tyler and felt that he really took the time to figure out what kind of music we wanted to hear on our wedding day. They asked so many detailed questions (photography and dj) and helped us make determinations about our first dance and other special songs. Kristin was a fabulous photographer and very efficient! I'm very pleased and cannot wait to see the finalized pictures! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography

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