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Catering in Chicago, IL,
(312) 280-7900
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 34 Reviews


    Jeanie

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  • Please book J & L Catering with Jim B. as your coordinator right now! We have never dealt with a more accommodating vendor. Our every request (we were reasonable, of course, ha ha) was fulfilled for our daughter’s wedding. The food was a standout; so many guests complimented us. While the meal not only tasted delicious, the presentations were beautiful as well. Thank you Jim for making this portion of the wedding a breeze to plan. The food was phenomenally scrumptious! You are the VERY best.

    Olivia Littlehale

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  • Choosing Jim and j&l as our caterer was not one that we did lightly. We love good food, and good drinks, and wanted the food to be a large highlight of our wedding day. We did a first look specifically so that we could enjoy our cocktail hour with our friends and Jim’s delicious food! We had our eyes on another caterer but from the minute we did our tasting with Jim, we knew he was our match made in heaven. He personalized everything exactly how we wanted it, less spice? More spice? Add sauce? Make it gluten free for the celiac grandma? Done. He dealt with our last minute changes, our guests dietary restrictions, our ( well my) OCD with grace and enthusiasm. Every one of our guests raved about the food, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. The food was talked about for weeks, every detail was thought out. I still dream about the gyros late night bites and the homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches- they were to die for. You can’t go wrong with Jim, his food is delicious, his ... Read more

    Erin

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    5 out of 5
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  • We could not be happier with Jim and the J&L team! Jim's secret power is he includes day-of coordination in the catering package. Every detail is worked out with Jim in advance, and he's great to bounce ideas off of. His positive mannerisms and sense of humor helped make our day seamless. Jim's team is wonderful. They were able to flip our ceremony room into a reception room for 250 people FAST and able to serve a meal that was both delicious and not super slow. The bartenders kept the drinks flowing, and everything was packaged up (including a bride/groom doggie bag) at the end of the night to take home.

    Colin

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  • We worked with Scott and J&L catering for our wedding at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and could not have been happier with the experience. From day one, Scott made us feel at ease and was extremely helpful, accommodating, and kind. The food, service, and overall experience was absolutely fantastic. Just disappointed I didn't get more hors d'oeuvres! Dinner was terrific and delicious, they even made special dishes to accommodate allergies in the wedding. The bar had a great selection and no shortage of supply! J&L was also the most reasonably priced vendor out of all the bids we received, but you certainly wouldn't know it by the quality and service (and they don't charge you for every little modification you want to make). If you are considering J&L for any catering needs, you will certainly not be disappointed. We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Scott and J&L.

    Natalie

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  • We found out about J & L when we were checking out our wedding venue, the Woman’s Club of Evanston. We walked into the ballroom which was already set up for a wedding reception later that day and when my mother saw someone meticulously checking/polishing the silverware at each table, she turned to the WC’s event coordinator Elizabeth and said, “who is catering this wedding? I want to hire them!” Elizabeth said, “J &L! They are the BEST.” So we reached out to Jim Bailey, J & L’s event planner and set up a tasting. From the start, our experience with J & L was great. The tasting with Jim was really fun and an experience all in itself. Even though my parent’s, husband and I have some different food likes and dislikes we all somehow loved everything that was served to us that night. My dad who is a big meat and potatoes guy even enjoyed the vegetarian entree options we tried. Jim was with us every step of the way while we planned our wedding offering advice and help. He inf... Read more

    Cassandra

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  • We had the pleasure of working with Morgan and Ted for our wedding and I cannot say enough about how amazing their team is! From the moment we knew they were going to be our caterer, we had a stellar experience. They were extremely responsive with any questions, concerns and suggestions and their food and menu options are so incredible. All of our guests are still raving about the dinner and appetizers--it was magnificent. We had a blast during our tasting and knew they would exceed our expectations at the wedding, and they did. Everyone always says that you never get a change to eat at your own wedding. Well, not with J&L! My husband and I as well as our parents felt so well taken care of by their team. The servers ensured our drinks were full and appetizers were making it to us throughout the cocktail hour and they made sure we got to sit and eat our full meal during dinner. It was a dream! Their bartenders and servers were very professional, polite and polished and reall... Read more

    Matthew

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  • This is just based on our tasting. We're probably going with them.

    Christine

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  • Jim Bailey was the head caterer for our wedding at the Women's Club of Evanston. And by head caterer, we mean, he was the head caterer, master organizer, lead contact for all other vendors, and master of easing the mind. We can't really say enough for what he meant for the wedding. He managed almost all aspects and made us feel at ease before and during the event...we didn't need to focus on anything outside of our family and friends because he had the rest covered. The service for the rest of the catering team was equally as impressive. All staff members were professional, polite and added to the excitement of the celebration. J&L flipped the room during cocktail hour flawlessly and then cleared 5 tables to make room for the dance floor after dinner. It was done to perfection. Lastly, the food was incredible. We have received so many compliments from so many different people raving about the food. We knew it was good when we went for a tasting, but did not think they were going ... Read more

    Lizzy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim from J&L was the MVP for our wedding planning and wedding day. Not only does he serve as the head of the catering on the day of, but he will work with you in lock-step during your entire planning process on the menu, the venue, the decorations, the schedule, etc. He is basically a wedding planner and caterer all in one! I was planning my wedding from out-of-town and Jim was so easy to get in touch with. We spoke every few months with updates, ideas, changes, etc. and his responsiveness was so appreciated. The menu he helped us select was perfect and the whole look and feel of the event was exactly our taste (no pun intended). His attention to detail in arranging the room and decorations was incredible. I can not recommend him and his team highly enough. They were delightful to work for. And, to cap it off, the food was delicious!!

    Christina

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  • I have never heard so many guests talk about how delicious the food was at a wedding until ours! We were very fortunate to work with Scott because he made the experience so wonderful from the first time we met him. At out first tasting, we tried all different types of dishes for each course with Scott, who explained what the dish was and how it was prepared in great detail. It was very hard to narrow down our choices but Scott helped us by choosing dishes that would compliment and balance one another. We had a few changes and additions along the way and had J&L cater our reception dinner, reception desserts, and even some Chicago style late night snacks! The guests loved the food as much as we did and we can't thank J&L enough for all their hard work for our wedding! We are now craving another plate of all our delicious choices!

    User4080484

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  • J&L Catering provided catering services for our engagement party in the summer. The catering staff was WONDERFUL and so attentive to our guests and my fiance and I. The food was incredible (barbecue-esque food) and they really did a wonderful job - we couldn't have asked for anything better.

    Mackenzie

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  • J&L was fantastic to work with. We splurged a little on other areas of the wedding but food was SUPER important (especially for my dad). He researched A TON and we decided on J&L and could not be happier. They were so accommodating and offered cost-friendly options. Everyone raved about the food, plus the service the night of the wedding was outstanding and unexpected. They always had drinks available for the head table and made sure our food was served warm when we were walking around saying hello to all our guests. Highly recommend J&L for your wedding or event!

    Dana

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  • First things first, Jim. He is THE. BEST. When we first met him at our tasting we took an instant liking to him; and his planning & coordinating services helped elevate J&L above some of the other catering options on our list. We appreciated his knowledge and calm, collected demeanor as he guided us through our final menu choices, recommended vendors, oversaw our wedding rehearsal, and took on the role of our day-of coordinator. No email went unanswered, which is saying something because there were a lot. Plus, his attention to detail is incredible. He oversaw everything from the timing and entry of our bridal party to making sure glasses of champagne were waiting for us at the end of the aisle. I don’t know what we would have done without him! In addition to Jim, the entire team at J&L was fantastic. We, along with our family and guests, were treated so well by the J&L crew and our captain. They were professional, organized, and very friendly and seemed to keep all notes we had sha... Read more

    User5473088

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  • Jim at J&L Catering went above and beyond to make our wedding day as seamless as possible!

    User4517268

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  • I really enjoyed working with Jim Bailey from J&L. He’s a good listener and is also diligent in his work. He always replied emails within 24 hours and answered my questions with patience and care. He acted as my day-of wedding coordinator, and did a great job coordinating the other vendors and setting up the decorations together with the florist team. I’m usually a pretty anxious person, but on the day of the wedding I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew that Jim had everything under control. J&L is a great company too. Their food is priced reasonably and tastes good. They’re very flexible and can pretty much make anything you want them to – just give them a picture and they can duplicate it. Their staff is also professional and well organized. They did the clean up very quickly and didn’t leave any problems for us at the venue. Working with them was one of the best decisions I made at my wedding.
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