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A Collection of Chicago's Finest
Professional Musicians

Hello! We're so glad you're here.
Let us help you with your music needs.


How We Came to Be

Hannah and Leyla are the original founders of Chicago Street Strings, or “ChiSS” (Shy / S / S) for short. They attended Columbia College-Chicago together and created the idea while busking on the city streets fresh out of college during the summer of 2012. Not only did they gain experience and chops while performing for hours on busy streets on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, but people were always asking “Do you play for weddings?” or...

“Can you provide background music for a brunch I’m hosting this Sunday?” From street busking …. ChiSS was born.

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Who We Are Now

ChiSS is now managed by Hannah and her colleague/good friend Rachel, and has evolved into a group of carefully curated, seasoned music professionals that are passionate and dedicated to consistently providing outstanding musicianship and exceptional performances for any type of event.

Each musician is a master at their craft, holding not only high standards but specific attention to detail, committed to insuring complete satisfaction. Our musicians are well-versed in many different genres including classical, popular, folk, oldies, Irish, traditional wedding music, jazz, improvisation, etc. The ChiSS Roster includes musicians, arrangers and composers, and as a group, can provide for any musical experience to enhance your event.

Any ensemble is possible: soloist, duet, trio, quartet or larger.  A wide variety of instrumentation options include violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, harp and saxophone, allowing you to “mix and match” instruments to achieve your desired sound. 

What We Guarantee

We have compiled a very extensive music catalog, where we are confident you will find that song you’re looking for, and more!

Check out our Music page to view song lists sorted by ensemble, along with many audio examples to enjoy.


Here are some of the occasions for which we have provided musical entertainment-


Wedding/Cocktail Hour


Private Party/Special Event

Corporate Event/Party

Holiday Party

Band Gig

Art Gallery Showing

Store Opening

Baby Shower

Recording Session



Original Composition

The Soundtrack to your Life

…anything else you can think of!



Not Sure What To Do Next?

Start Here if you want to know more about the booking process.

Check out what past clients have said about ChiSS on our Reviews page.

Schedule a phone or video Consultation with Hannah or Rachel to learn more.

Jump right to receiving a Customized Quote by providing us with more details about your special event.

Or fill out our General Contact Form, and we’ll get right back to you with more information and discussion.

Thanks for Visiting!

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