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Catering in Chicago, IL,
(312) 587-3553
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 29 Reviews


    Cassandra

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    5 out of 5
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  • It was a month ago that we had our wedding at Gallery 1028, which means we were fortunate enough to have Calihan as our caterer. We were impressed from the get go. Working with Todd to design our wedding was a real pleasure. The day of our tasting was one of our favorite days of the whole planning process. We tasted some of the most delicious dishes and enjoyed some wine while planning the reception details. We told Todd some of our favorite foods and drinks, and then the chefs worked their magic to create a truly unique menu. We loved every single item that was served. We are still hearing from our guests how amazing the food and service was. Many guests even said it was the Best Wedding Food they’d ever had. Because the chefs are so talented, we even did our cake and dessert buffet through Calihan as well. They made everything so easy on us. The night of the wedding the service was flawless. The waitstaff were outstanding. The bartenders were fast and friendly. Someone from th... Read more

    Marion

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    5 out of 5
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  • Calihan Catering was one of our favorite wedding vendors. We had our wedding at Gallery 1028 and worked with Todd, who had impeccable communication throughout the 18 months of planning. Todd answered any questions I had within 24 hours and was willing to make any changes we came up with, even a week before. The menu tasting was the highlight of our wedding planning. Which brings me to the most important part of this review: the food. The food was incredible and hands down the best wedding food we have ever had. If you are are any sort of food-lover/foodie and you want to serve delicious food that is not actual wedding food, Calihan is your kind of catering. They were willing to modify anything on their menu for the tasting and let us make small changing after we had tasted everything. Basically, we were able to customize an amazing menu and our guests cleared their plates (and we are still getting texts about the food). They made dietary accommodations for all of our guests' needs- lac... Read more

    Christa

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a problem with or original caterer and had to hire Calihan last second for our wedding. Nit was our main contact and he was the greatest! I give 100% of the credit to Nit for making our wedding beautiful. He went above and beyond the call of duty. He brought blankets for our guests because it was cold outside. He saw my vision exactly and it's because of him everything went so wonderful!

    Bethany

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    5 out of 5
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  • The Calihans and their entire staff are extremely professional and unbelievably nice and easy to work with. I truly cannot recommend them highly enough. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to work with them. If I could give them 10 out of 5 stars, I would.

    User3162286

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Calihan Catering for our wedding. The food was amazing! The best part was our wedding coordinator, Pam Swisher. She was an angel and truly amazing to work with.

    M

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  • If you want THE BEST TOP NOTCH wedding food and service, call Nit and get the process started.

    Kirstin

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    5 out of 5
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  • The food was fabulous, and the prices reasonable for what was included. The wait staff was wonderful and efficient.

    John

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    5 out of 5
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  • Pam was a godsend! She was knowledgeable, friendly and very resourceful!

    Lindsey

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • We worked with Todd and the Calihan Catering team for our wedding last month and could not be happier with the choice we made. Todd was pleasant, responsive and flexible throughout the entire planning process and he and his staff helped give us a completely flawless wedding day. My husband is a chef (and many of our guests are also in the service industry) so the food and service was part of the day that was very important to us. We received many compliments on the wonderful service and tasty food throughout the night and we felt the pace of things was executed perfectly. I can't thank them enough for contributing to a stress-free, wonderful day!

    Lauren

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  • I worked with Nicole at Calihan - they were the exclusive caterers at our venue. My family and my guests were blown away by the quality of the food. They prepared stations for us that they had never done before, so it was incredibly unique. I come from a family of foodies, so they were very particular about what the menu would be, and Calihan was wonderful in working with us to develop a menu that was interesting, unique, and above all, delicious!

    halley

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  • seriously amazing food... so delicious... and so many options for us to choose from. and they were very helpful coming up with ways to make some of our food vegan for me. the big however -- the staff are somewhat difficult to deal with. the major issues we had: - our day of coordinator told some of the staff they could take a couple vases of flowers after the event had ended... we started with around 150 vases and when we went to pick up the few odds and ends the following monday, we went home with about 100... their staff had taken around 50 of our flower vases! and even though they had warned us saying, "you are welcome to leave items here until monday, but things always turn up missing." - okay, thanks for the warning, but all you are telling me is that you hire staff that steal your clients belongings! - our families/friends are HUGE scotch drinkers, which we told them up front... we asked to substitute the base level scotch with a higher end scotch and instead of raising ... Read more

    megan

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  • If you don't want stress up until the very moment you say "i do," DO NOT, and i mean, DO NOT USE CALIHAN Catering! Prior to our wedding, Calihan tried to charge us tax on top of gratuity, as well as multiple county taxes since our venue was in DuPage County - equating an excess of $4k. My now husband and I had to create an EXCEL sheet illustrating their creative accounting to them, for which we are still battling to get our money back. They throw in hidden charges whenever possible, do not respond to emails/return phone calls. I think our contract changed so many times, I cried monthly every time I got a new version back, battling for the old one! Their food is awesome, but comes at an emotional and stressful cost. Our contract changed so much, 5 minutes after saying "I do" I had to answer contract questions and battle for them to honor their word. In regards to their contract, READ EVERY WORD, look up the EXACT Definition of the wording they use, because they are very ve... Read more

    natalie

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Calihan catered our wedding reception cocktail hour and dinner. Nicole was an absolute pleasure to work with. The food was top notch and they were very willing to work with our comfort food menu (including our shamrock shake late night snack). They are a full service caterer, and Nicole helped to take care of so many little details. I really felt like she was striving to make things go smoothly and make sure that I enjoyed the day. The food was absolutely delicious and we are still hearing raves from our guests. I would definitely recommend!

    micki

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • Nit of Calihan is the exclusive caterer to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. He was one of the main reasons why our wedding pulled together. He went BEYOND just catering. He helped coordinate many of the details of the ceremony/coctails/dinner/reception, layout, rentals, etc. Whenever my day-of coordinator needed help, he was there to pitch in. Calihan Catering is a well-known, prestigious catering company in Chicago and has been rated at the top, if not among the very top, for several years. The food/bar/wine selection was fantastic. We had Brazilian Caiparinhas and Lychee/Pomegranate martinis. I loved our appetizers and the presentation was excellent! The tasting was such a fun experience! We asked to have Seabass with Nobu's black bean sauce, as well as Filet Mignon, and they did it! We were on a budget, so the portion size, I'd admit was kind of skimpy. He was very professional and patient throughout the entire planning process. I know I am very demanding and he was abl... Read more

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