A Collection of Professional Chicago Musicians
How We Came to Be
Hannah and Leyla are the original founders of Chicago Street Strings, or "ChiSS" [Shy / S / S] for short. The two ladies attended Columbia College together and created the idea while busking on the streets of Chicago fresh out of college during the summer of 2012. Not only did they gain experience and chops performing for hours on busy streets down Magnificent Mile, but also began to receive questions like "Do you perform in weddings?" or "Can you provide background music for a Sunday brunch I am hosting?" It wasn't long before they moved away from the street busking days to get their DIY business kick-started and off the ground. Since then, ChiSS has evolved into a group of music professionals that are passionate and dedicated to consistently providing outstanding musicianship and exceptional performances for all kinds of events at reasonable and competitive rates.
Who We Are Now
The ChiSS roster of musicians, arrangers and composers is professionally trained and dedicated to providing our clients with top-notch performances every single time. We offer a wide variety of instrumentation options including violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, and harp, offering the ability to "mix and match" instruments to achieve your desired sound. We are available as soloists, duos, trios, or quartets, and can alter instrumentation to suit your desires.
If you'd like to see individual musician bios please check out our Roster page.
What We Guarantee
All of our musicians are well versed in many different genres - classical, popular, folk, oldies, Irish, traditional wedding music, jazz, and the list goes on. The roster as a whole also has a very extensive song list, we have full confidence that clients will find any song they are looking for and more when searching our list for the perfect wedding music.
Please check out our Songlist page to view the full list and some audio examples provided too.
Each talented musician is extremely professional and holds specific attention to detail, committed to ensuring each and every client’s complete satisfaction.
From Bach to the Beatles; Aerosmith to Ashokan Farewell. We will cater to your specific needs to ensure we give you the unique occasion that you deserve.
Occasions ChiSS provides music for:
Private Party/Special Event
Art Gallery Showing
The Soundtrack to your Life
…anything else you can think of!
To inquire about rates & packages, availability, or other event details, e-mail us at
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Thanks for your interest!