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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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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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Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Martin with Cage & Aquarium DJed our wedding on 12.13.14. He did a wonderful job! We had a relatively small wedding, so we wanted to make sure that we played music that everyone would like and dance to. He absolutely nailed it! We couldn't have been happier.

The planning process was easy and smooth and the entire C&A staff was willing to help and answer any of our questions.

Martin did such a great job that a few couples in attendance at our wedding are hoping to use C&A for theirs.
Martin with Cage & Aquarium DJed our wedding on 12.13.14. He did a wonderful job! We had a relatively small wedding, so we Read more...
Martin with Cage & Aquarium DJed our wedding on 12.13.14. He did a wonderful job! We had a relatively small wedding, so we wanted to make sure that we played music that everyone would like and dance to. He absolutely nailed it! We couldn't have been happier.

The planning process was easy and smooth and the entire C&A staff was willing to help and answer any of our questions.

Martin did such a great job that a few couples in attendance at our wedding are hoping to use C&A for theirs. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This review is way too long overdue - Ed from Cage and Aquarium DJ'd our December wedding and we still have people telling us what a fantastic job he did. In fact, my new brother-in-law who sings with a popular Chicago wedding band, has told us that Ed was one of the best DJs he'd ever seen. He read the room perfectly the entire night, from cocktail hour through dinner and then got our dance floor hopping right up till the very end. Even when he finished his set, people were still cheering for more. We also had him DJ our pre-ceremony and ceremony music and he did an awesome job with that, especially since we never rehearsed the timing.

Also, I'm what you would call a "Type A" bride if you were being polite. I swear, I must have emailed Ed about 60 times in the weeks leading up to the wedding with music requests, concerns, and timing notes. Not only did Ed respond to every email promptly and professionally, he went out of his way to make sure we had the exact music we were looking for and that all the songs we had requested fit the vibe of our party. He definitely helped make our wedding one of the best nights of our lives and a great night for our guests.

Thank you Ed!!
This review is way too long overdue - Ed from Cage and Aquarium DJ'd our December wedding and we still have people telling Read more...
This review is way too long overdue - Ed from Cage and Aquarium DJ'd our December wedding and we still have people telling us what a fantastic job he did. In fact, my new brother-in-law who sings with a popular Chicago wedding band, has told us that Ed was one of the best DJs he'd ever seen. He read the room perfectly the entire night, from cocktail hour through dinner and then got our dance floor hopping right up till the very end. Even when he finished his set, people were still cheering for more. We also had him DJ our pre-ceremony and ceremony music and he did an awesome job with that, especially since we never rehearsed the timing.

Also, I'm what you would call a "Type A" bride if you were being polite. I swear, I must have emailed Ed about 60 times in the weeks leading up to the wedding with music requests, concerns, and timing notes. Not only did Ed respond to every email promptly and professionally, he went out of his way to make sure we had the exact music we were looking for and that all the songs we had requested fit the vibe of our party. He definitely helped make our wedding one of the best nights of our lives and a great night for our guests.

Thank you Ed!! Read less
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Jackie & Matt
Wedding:
11/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Cage & Aquarium were very helpful in the planning process for our wedding. Kristin worked closely with Shelley and we had a great list of must take photos and a general feel for how we wanted our special day to be captured on film.

Tyler provided what he referred to as the "soundtrack for our wedding day," and at moments it did feel like we were in a movie. He was flexible with our constantly changing schedule for the evening, and made sure that the dance floor was packed all night (not an easy job for a wedding of 100 people). He actually mixes, which is way beyond what most dee jays can do, and Tyler did it well!!
Cage & Aquarium were very helpful in the planning process for our wedding. Kristin worked closely with Shelley and we had Read more...
Cage & Aquarium were very helpful in the planning process for our wedding. Kristin worked closely with Shelley and we had a great list of must take photos and a general feel for how we wanted our special day to be captured on film.

Tyler provided what he referred to as the "soundtrack for our wedding day," and at moments it did feel like we were in a movie. He was flexible with our constantly changing schedule for the evening, and made sure that the dance floor was packed all night (not an easy job for a wedding of 100 people). He actually mixes, which is way beyond what most dee jays can do, and Tyler did it well!! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We chose a combined DJ and photography package from Cage and Aquarium. We were very happy with the service we received from both Shelley the photographer and DJ Lexi and their assistants. The price was very reasonable for Chicago.

DJ - Lexi was amazing throughout our entire cocktail hour, ceremony and reception. She did a great job of listening to our likes/dislikes and reading the crowd to make sure our dance floor was an absolute blast. She was by far the best DJ I’ve ever experienced! Her assistant Ed was also very helpful and kept things running smoothly and on schedule.

Photography - Right now I can only speak to our day-of experience as we are only 1 week after the wedding and don’t have any photos yet. Shelley and her assistant were great! We went to Salvage One to take photos before the ceremony, which was suggested by Shelley as a good place to take indoor photos. We had fun in the unique location and Shelley had great ideas for both the big group shots and the bride/groom shots. While Shelley mainly worked on the posed shots at the photo location, her assistant was there snapping candids, so we’ll have a nice mix of both. We had a bit of time crunch once we got to our venue (Ravenswood Event Center) but Shelley worked efficiently at getting all the “must have” shots of extended family and we had no problems. Both Shelley and her assistant were wonderfully unobtrusive taking photos of the ceremony and candids at the reception. We were very happy with their work.
We chose a combined DJ and photography package from Cage and Aquarium. We were very happy with the service we received Read more...
We chose a combined DJ and photography package from Cage and Aquarium. We were very happy with the service we received from both Shelley the photographer and DJ Lexi and their assistants. The price was very reasonable for Chicago.

DJ - Lexi was amazing throughout our entire cocktail hour, ceremony and reception. She did a great job of listening to our likes/dislikes and reading the crowd to make sure our dance floor was an absolute blast. She was by far the best DJ I’ve ever experienced! Her assistant Ed was also very helpful and kept things running smoothly and on schedule.

Photography - Right now I can only speak to our day-of experience as we are only 1 week after the wedding and don’t have any photos yet. Shelley and her assistant were great! We went to Salvage One to take photos before the ceremony, which was suggested by Shelley as a good place to take indoor photos. We had fun in the unique location and Shelley had great ideas for both the big group shots and the bride/groom shots. While Shelley mainly worked on the posed shots at the photo location, her assistant was there snapping candids, so we’ll have a nice mix of both. We had a bit of time crunch once we got to our venue (Ravenswood Event Center) but Shelley worked efficiently at getting all the “must have” shots of extended family and we had no problems. Both Shelley and her assistant were wonderfully unobtrusive taking photos of the ceremony and candids at the reception. We were very happy with their work. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Our C&A DJ was Tyler and he was Auh-MAZING! From our first meeting with him I could tell he completely understood the vibe we were going for and he came through and made it a reality. We wanted to include a few different genres (Hip Hop, R&B, Oldies, Salsa/Merengue); he played everything we wanted and made it all blend nicely and sound fantastic. Our guests literally all started singing along to songs during dinner and the dance floor stayed packed the rest of the night.
Our C&A DJ was Tyler and he was Auh-MAZING! From our first meeting with him I could tell he completely understood the vibe Read more...
Our C&A DJ was Tyler and he was Auh-MAZING! From our first meeting with him I could tell he completely understood the vibe we were going for and he came through and made it a reality. We wanted to include a few different genres (Hip Hop, R&B, Oldies, Salsa/Merengue); he played everything we wanted and made it all blend nicely and sound fantastic. Our guests literally all started singing along to songs during dinner and the dance floor stayed packed the rest of the night. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Cage and Aquarium as the DJ for our wedding. They were really easy to work with and have a great philosophy of making sure that their DJs don't become boring wedding DJs. After filling out the DJ matching survey, we were matched with Scott. He was WONDERFUL to work with. He met with us to go through everything, was very responsive to any questions we had, and was kind and professional on our wedding day. AND he kept the party going, which is most important. I think they were maybe on the higher end for DJ pricing, but making sure that our guests had a great time on the dance floor was worth the price to us.
We used Cage and Aquarium as the DJ for our wedding. They were really easy to work with and have a great philosophy of Read more...
We used Cage and Aquarium as the DJ for our wedding. They were really easy to work with and have a great philosophy of making sure that their DJs don't become boring wedding DJs. After filling out the DJ matching survey, we were matched with Scott. He was WONDERFUL to work with. He met with us to go through everything, was very responsive to any questions we had, and was kind and professional on our wedding day. AND he kept the party going, which is most important. I think they were maybe on the higher end for DJ pricing, but making sure that our guests had a great time on the dance floor was worth the price to us. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
8/16/2014
4.9/5.0
One of the best vendor choices we made for our August wedding was selecting Tyler and his team at Cage and Aquarium to be our official "Music Masters". After researching the best-rated Chicago DJs online, we only met with Tyler face-to-face since the questions we asked through the online form were answered within a day, and he gave all the right answers. His office space is a loft with a throw-back vibe, and Tyler is so easy-going and approachable, we were so comfortable in his big leather couches. The thing that sets Cage and Aquarium apart from the pack is their "Wax Wedding" - incorporating vinyl records like an old-school DJ into the digital experience. We chose the hybrid option - combining both digital and wax records for our reception, and everyone (from our planner to our guests to the waitstaff) commented on how cool it was to see a DJ using the records. We were able to bring some of our parents records from the 60's and Tyler even played them at the reception - making the music that more special. I could not believe that 90% of our attendees were constantly on the dance floor, busting moves to the music my husband and I requested (and Tyler filling in the gaps with seamless transitions) - the other 10% had walkers and had a hard time getting around :). We feel the entertainment can make or break an event, and at our wedding Tyler and crew were the cherry on top to a perfect day. We're looking for an excuse to have another big occasion to hire him and his team soon!!!
One of the best vendor choices we made for our August wedding was selecting Tyler and his team at Cage and Aquarium to be Read more...
One of the best vendor choices we made for our August wedding was selecting Tyler and his team at Cage and Aquarium to be our official "Music Masters". After researching the best-rated Chicago DJs online, we only met with Tyler face-to-face since the questions we asked through the online form were answered within a day, and he gave all the right answers. His office space is a loft with a throw-back vibe, and Tyler is so easy-going and approachable, we were so comfortable in his big leather couches. The thing that sets Cage and Aquarium apart from the pack is their "Wax Wedding" - incorporating vinyl records like an old-school DJ into the digital experience. We chose the hybrid option - combining both digital and wax records for our reception, and everyone (from our planner to our guests to the waitstaff) commented on how cool it was to see a DJ using the records. We were able to bring some of our parents records from the 60's and Tyler even played them at the reception - making the music that more special. I could not believe that 90% of our attendees were constantly on the dance floor, busting moves to the music my husband and I requested (and Tyler filling in the gaps with seamless transitions) - the other 10% had walkers and had a hard time getting around :). We feel the entertainment can make or break an event, and at our wedding Tyler and crew were the cherry on top to a perfect day. We're looking for an excuse to have another big occasion to hire him and his team soon!!! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The rating I gave them says it all. C&A was amazing in every aspect. Tyler & Shelley had great communication throughout the whole process. They genuinely want to make everything perfect for you & that's what they did. Tyler was our a DJ and he was able to transition through a live band to dj'ing and still keep the party going. We've gotten endless comments on how fun our wedding reception was and the music was a huge reason....there were ZERO moments of letdown on the dance floor. He's also great on the mic as an MC, as he is very fun, yet professional when doing announcements. Shelley was amazing with photography, too. Very professional....does what you want, but offers great suggestions. I would imagine that music & photography are usually what couples stress about their wedding, but after meeting with them it wasn't a concern for us, because we could tell they were going to handle it all and make it great...they did not disappoint. If you're deciding between them and someone else, your wasting time, because your decision should be made....BOOK C&A.
The rating I gave them says it all. C&A was amazing in every aspect. Tyler & Shelley had great communication throughout Read more...
The rating I gave them says it all. C&A was amazing in every aspect. Tyler & Shelley had great communication throughout the whole process. They genuinely want to make everything perfect for you & that's what they did. Tyler was our a DJ and he was able to transition through a live band to dj'ing and still keep the party going. We've gotten endless comments on how fun our wedding reception was and the music was a huge reason....there were ZERO moments of letdown on the dance floor. He's also great on the mic as an MC, as he is very fun, yet professional when doing announcements. Shelley was amazing with photography, too. Very professional....does what you want, but offers great suggestions. I would imagine that music & photography are usually what couples stress about their wedding, but after meeting with them it wasn't a concern for us, because we could tell they were going to handle it all and make it great...they did not disappoint. If you're deciding between them and someone else, your wasting time, because your decision should be made....BOOK C&A. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Private User
Wedding:
5/25/2014
4.9/5.0
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Once we listened to some of their online samples, we were hooked and a signed contract with them was one of our first vendors solidified. Once we got closer to our date, the worked closely with us to learn about our music tastes, must-play and do-not-play songs, and specific genres that we wanted to have played at our wedding.

Our DJ was Tyler, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him!! Fantastic, fantastic, FANTASTIC DJ!! He listens to you, he has a great personality and sense of humor, and he is VERY, VERY talented!! Not only were we on the dance floor the entire night, but he had our friends and family of all ages dancing (he even got my dad to do a solo to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!). Our reception was absolutely amazing, and we would recommend Cage & Aquarium -- and Tyler -- any day!!
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Read more...
We LOVE Cage & Aquarium!!

From the beginning of our planning process, they were responsive, helpful, and FUN! Once we listened to some of their online samples, we were hooked and a signed contract with them was one of our first vendors solidified. Once we got closer to our date, the worked closely with us to learn about our music tastes, must-play and do-not-play songs, and specific genres that we wanted to have played at our wedding.

Our DJ was Tyler, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about him!! Fantastic, fantastic, FANTASTIC DJ!! He listens to you, he has a great personality and sense of humor, and he is VERY, VERY talented!! Not only were we on the dance floor the entire night, but he had our friends and family of all ages dancing (he even got my dad to do a solo to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"!). Our reception was absolutely amazing, and we would recommend Cage & Aquarium -- and Tyler -- any day!! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was the team for us. The quality of the photography is fantastic Shelley and her assistant, Katie, captured the exact style we were hoping for even though we were pretty inept at explaining it! I was worried about taking photos because we weren't able to do an engagement session, but we were both made to feel very comfortable and relaxed. The photos with my parents before the ceremony are amazing; they captured some very sweet, emotional moments on film. Amazing photos at a great value. Tyler kept everyone dancing and chose awesome music for the pre-ceremony and dinner time segments. We gave him a short list of our favorite music and bands and he took it from there. We had to schedule some pretty crazy times to meet in person, but Shelley and Tyler were so accommodating. We were referred to this business through word of mouth and we'll continue to pass on referrals for C&A. Seriously, look no further.
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was Read more...
We met with Shelley after a few friends and friends of friends recommended them. After our visit, we were certain this was the team for us. The quality of the photography is fantastic Shelley and her assistant, Katie, captured the exact style we were hoping for even though we were pretty inept at explaining it! I was worried about taking photos because we weren't able to do an engagement session, but we were both made to feel very comfortable and relaxed. The photos with my parents before the ceremony are amazing; they captured some very sweet, emotional moments on film. Amazing photos at a great value. Tyler kept everyone dancing and chose awesome music for the pre-ceremony and dinner time segments. We gave him a short list of our favorite music and bands and he took it from there. We had to schedule some pretty crazy times to meet in person, but Shelley and Tyler were so accommodating. We were referred to this business through word of mouth and we'll continue to pass on referrals for C&A. Seriously, look no further. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography

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