The Best Wedding Bands in Chicago for 2022

When it comes to adding pizzazz to your wedding celebration, the energy of a live wedding band can’t be beat.

Hiring live musicians for your wedding is a very popular idea, especially if you’re looking for high-energy after dinner entertainment to drive the life of the party and wow the crowd. Some wedding bands in Chicago will take requests throughout the night, or even learn a special song just for your wedding reception.

This is a curated list of some of the top-rated Chicago live bands for 2022. Need help finding the perfect live musicians for your wedding? Feel free to drop me a line or check out my list of the best wedding planners in Chicago to help you plan your day from start to finish.

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Chicago Wedding Bands

A curated list for 2022

Bopology Chicago Swing Wedding Band

Bluewater Kings

Chicago Players

Connexion Band

David Rothstein Music

Dan Hayes Orchestra

Green Fourteen

High Society Band

Park Avenue Orchestra

Stitely Music

Sway Chicago

Ring of Music Band and Orchestra

TVK Orchestra

Wedding Banned

Yazz Jazz Music & Productions

What is the average cost of wedding bands in Chicago?

The average price for a wedding band in Chicago typically includes a 3-4 hour time block, and typically one break during the reception. Pricing varies based on the size of band booked. You can expect to pay from $1,000 for a small band (2-4 players) up to $7,000+ or for a big band (12 or more players/singers).

What is included when I hire live wedding musicians?

While services vary from company to company, many Chicago wedding bands provide their own sound equipment, microphones for toasts and speeches, and may even serve as the emcee for the evening.

Typically add-ons include a smaller ensemble for either your ceremony or cocktail hour, a DJ set (while the band takes a break), and varying levels of lighting services. Top Chicago wedding bands also provide options for event coordination and lighting as well.