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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?
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Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Tyler is the best DJ in the business. He is very kind, passionate and listens to everything you want. He is a must if you want the perfect dance floor at your wedding!!!
Tyler is the best DJ in the business. He is very kind, passionate and listens to everything you want. He is a must if you Read more...
Tyler is the best DJ in the business. He is very kind, passionate and listens to everything you want. He is a must if you want the perfect dance floor at your wedding!!! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Cage and Aquarium was absolutely wonderful. We contracted with them for both photography and DJ services, which was an incredible value for us and helped us stay within our budget. Shelley was our lead photographer and she was so incredibly patient and responsive to all of our needs. We had a complicated wedding with two ceremonies in one day, but Shelley was completely on top of being where she needed to be to capture all of the most important moments for us. We also had Dan as our DJ for our ceremony and reception, and he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He got everybody up and dancing, and I ended up having such a blast at my own wedding! Would absolutely recommend the entire Cage and Aquarium team!
Our experience with Cage and Aquarium was absolutely wonderful. We contracted with them for both photography and DJ Read more...
Our experience with Cage and Aquarium was absolutely wonderful. We contracted with them for both photography and DJ services, which was an incredible value for us and helped us stay within our budget. Shelley was our lead photographer and she was so incredibly patient and responsive to all of our needs. We had a complicated wedding with two ceremonies in one day, but Shelley was completely on top of being where she needed to be to capture all of the most important moments for us. We also had Dan as our DJ for our ceremony and reception, and he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He got everybody up and dancing, and I ended up having such a blast at my own wedding! Would absolutely recommend the entire Cage and Aquarium team! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Photography
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Andrea
Wedding:
4/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Cage & Aquarium was nothing short of awesome. We worked with Tyler, who was friendly and professional from day one. We heard him spin at several wedding events around town and knew we had to work with him based on his sound. Such a perfect mix of music for a wedding -- across genres and eras, and so unique to us. He even went an extra mile to be sure that our introduction song was exactly how we wanted it (required some track splicing on the back end). We are so appreciative to Tyler and the entire C&A team for everything they did to make our day just perfect.
Our experience with Cage & Aquarium was nothing short of awesome. We worked with Tyler, who was friendly and professional Read more...
Our experience with Cage & Aquarium was nothing short of awesome. We worked with Tyler, who was friendly and professional from day one. We heard him spin at several wedding events around town and knew we had to work with him based on his sound. Such a perfect mix of music for a wedding -- across genres and eras, and so unique to us. He even went an extra mile to be sure that our introduction song was exactly how we wanted it (required some track splicing on the back end). We are so appreciative to Tyler and the entire C&A team for everything they did to make our day just perfect. Read less
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Private User
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
Services Used: DJ
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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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