Cage and Aquarium

  • Cage + Aquarium hosted an 80s inspired styled shoot at Wicker Park Inn with an incredible team of vendors. A special thanks to Shelley Anderson and Kristin Parra for planning the whole photo shoot. We're heavily inspired by music here at C&A. The spark that lit the ideas behind this styled shoot came from Madonna's Like a Virginand (of course) Blondie's Parallel Linesalbum covers

    To our models, Michael and Cynthia - who are completely in love and the most fun human beings we could have asked for!

    Our Photography Team at C&A captured the entire day, began at The Wicker Park Inn before we explored the neighborhood. You could say we've been waiting decades to share these photos! ;)

    Take a look if you still love neon, rock scrunchies, blast 80s throwbacks, or just need some unique wedding inspiration. 

     

    PHOTOGRAPHED FOR: Cage and Aquarium Productions

    VENUES: @wickerparkinn + @recklessrecords

    FLORALS: @flowersbystem

    CALLIGRAPHY: @jessicadrapercalligraphy

    STATIONARY: @lullabelledesign

    HAIR/MAKEUP: @muaheatherb

    BACKDROP: @scenicbackdrops

    MODELS: @cinchi_mon + @djmykol

    PHOTOGRAPHERS: @shelleyanderson, @jadehullphoto, @hadassahbphoto, @evahophoto, @hannaonlove, @ajabelmanphoto, @thaislovesstories, @garberophotography, @frozenframephotos

     

  • This past Monday, Chicago turned 182-years-old! No better way to say "Happy Birthday Chicago" than with this classic and totally timeless Chicago wedding.

    On the morning of October 13, 2018, Carol and Jonathan got ready for their wedding day separately at the JW Marriott Chicago. A rather new addition to the city, the JW Marriott first opened their doors in late 2010. They saved their first look for when Carol's father walked her down the aisle to meet Jonathan at the altar. The bride and groom said their vows at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Lincoln Park, which was built in 1897!

    After their beautiful ceremony, they traveled with their wedding party to some of our favorite Chicago locations. First stop, Milton Lee Olive Park - designed in 1965 and dedicated to the first African-American to receive a Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War. Next up, the LaSalle Street Bridge, constructed in 1928, officially known as the Marshall Suloway Bridge (does anyone call it that?) Last but certainly not least, The Chicago Board of Trade building. The Board of Trade building began construction one year after the LaSalle Street Bridge, in 1929, nearly 100 years ago! We told you Carol + Jonathan were timeless! 

    Their reception was held at Biagio's. After cake-cutting, dinner, laugh-out-loud funny toasts, and lots of dancing they snuck outside for a beautiful end-of-the-night photo in Portage Park, which opened in 1913!

    Thank you - Carol and Jonathan, for loving this city as much as we do and incorporating every little piece of it into your beautiful wedding day! 

     

    C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Eva Ho

    Hotel: JW Chicago Marriott

    Ceremony Venue: Saint Vincent DePaul Parish

    Reception Venue: Biagio's

    DJ/Entertainment: Windy City Mix 

     

  • Meet Ed Clemons!

    We’re pleased to introduce DJ Ed Clemons, the new Director of Sales and Networking of Cage + Aquarium’s Chicago branch! Ed’s deep appreciation for what it takes to get a dance floor moving comes from his background as a dancer himself. He connected with the Chicago B-Boy scene back in high school. In 2014 he joined the Cage and Aquarium DJ roster. If you see him out and about in the event scene, chances are you’ll see him bust a move! We interviewed Ed so our community and industry professionals can get to know him.

     

    Q: How did you get your start as a deejay?


    A: A dear DJ friend and former C&A DJ, Victor a.k.a. DJ Limbs introduced me! We used to be members of the Urbana Champaign Hip Hop Congress while we were students at the University of Illinois. At the time, I was focused on the bboy (breakdancing) element of hip hop, but became interested in DJing after watching DJ Limbs work school events and parties around campus. Fast forward a few years, after living abroad, we reconnected when I moved back to Chicago. Victor suggested I should try DJing given my passion for music as a dancer - I was introduced to Tyler and Shelley, and the rest is history! I have Cage & Aquarium to thank for my official DJ beginnings.

    Q: Do you have a favorite DJ moment to share?

    A: It's always hard for me to choose "one" favorite DJ moment as luckily I've experienced quite a few. I will say that there is a certain euphoria or high that I feel when playing a song that resonates well with a dancing crowd or audience. Whether it's "Sweet Caroline" that has a family at a wedding, joyfully celebrating hand in hand together, or dropping "Plastic Dreams" to send devoted dancers into a frenzy, that positive energy is the best. To me as a DJ, it's the gift that keeps giving.

    Q: What are you most looking forward to in your new role at Cage and Aquarium?

    A: First, I'm very grateful for the opportunity to represent Cage and Aquarium at this capacity. I see this as a chance to bridge DJs and other event professionals, to help foster a more cohesive community. Second, I look forward to connecting with organizations across the vast Chicagoland area, as well as continuing existing relationships.

    Q: What ways do you give back to the community?

    A: I think it's very important to give back, and I donate my DJ services to charitable causes. In 2018, I DJed for "A Breath of Hope", a yoga and social fundraiser for the LAM Foundation - a non-profit funding research and raising awareness about the rare lung disease Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. I also served as a DJ for the non-profit “Daisie Foundation” during their 2018 Holiday Initiative. The “Daisie Foundation” is an event aimed to spread holiday cheer and gives gifts to Pre-K - 8th grade students and overlooked and under-served faculty and staff members at local schools. I am still involved in the local hip hop dance scene. I also am a member of the non-profit group “Renegades of Funk Chicago”, an organization that aims to educate, develop, and nurture the talents of youth and adults through the preservation and awareness of Hip Hop culture. Since the early ‘80s, members have been involved in organizing what has evolved from the "Writer's Bench" to now "Battle for The Eagle" - an annual community gathering at Chicago's Logan Square Park during the summer, which provides a platform to showcase the talents of youth and adults from Chicago through dance battles, DJing, emceeing, graffiti art and more.

    Q: If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead?

    A: If I weren't a DJ, I would still do something involved with music. It is a big part of my life. Before I became a DJ, I worked in the tech industry, and have had an interest in electronics since childhood. I could see myself in that field as well. Regardless of which path I would have followed, for me one rule underlies them all - no music, no life!

    Q: What are your hobbies?

    A: I like to shop for music (surprise, surprise!) - to my delight and detriment, vinyl records have taken over my living space. I regularly attend dance practice at local community spaces around Chicago. Dance is great because I get to enjoy music and stay fit, and that's a double win for me. Recently, I've been involved in a few stage performances with local artists, which is a very interesting experience. I don't think I have a future on Broadway, but I have a new-found respect for those who perform and act for a living. Then again, "never say never.”

    Q: What inspires you the most?

    A: I would say people inspire me the most. Yes, we are capable of some terrible things, but the amazing things we can and have done inspire me to never give up. Musically, I am inspired by a long list of artists. Behind the music, I receive inspiration from those close to me to strive and do better.


    Q: In ten years, where do you see yourself?

    A: In 10 years... I see myself as "coming to a theater near you..." :)

     

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