Two longtime friends and Frankfort residents are the owners/operators of CD & ME, home to many of the area’s special events and banquets. Chuck JaBaay and Dean Vaundry began their landscaping business, JaBaay’s Outdoor Creations, about 15 years ago after leaving their successful careers; Chuck, as an engineer for People’s Gas, and Dean, as an art director at D.D. B. Needham in downtown Chicago. The two friends were landscaping and building decks together as side jobs around their careers. They were becoming so successful at it that they decided to take a chance, and bought a piece of land where JaBaay’s Outdoor Creations and CD & ME now stands.
Chuck and Dean ran their landscaping business while living and working out of their landscaping warehouse, which would later become CD & ME. They hosted yearly parties for their landscaping employees out of that warehouse. A friend that attended one of the parties and is affiliated with the National Association for Downs Syndrome approached Chuck and Dean asking if they would host a fundraiser for the organization. Always willing to help out a good cause, they agreed and the annual fundraiser has been held on the grounds for 13 years, with the attendance swelling from 250 to 1,200. The annual benefit became so popular that more and more people began approaching Chuck and Dean to ask if they could host parties there too. The two friends then realized they had another potentially successful business on their hands.
Today, CD & ME is a favorite hot spot for wedding ceremonies and banquets with its beautiful indoor and outdoor décor and 32 foot gazebo, Chuck’s wedding reception was the first one held at CD & ME.
With the facility evolving over the years, and more amenities constantly being added on, CD & ME now hosts events from weddings and corporate functions to church services and even Will County court. A summer concert series “Dance the Night Away” is held on the grounds every Thursday night, and so the general public can still visit CD & ME during the winter months, a Friday Night Comedy and Concert series featuring live bands and comedians is available.”
Longtime friends Chuck JaBaay and Dean Vaundry have come a long way since they were living out of their warehouse making a go at owning their landscaping business. Both are now married, Chuck and Eva have two daughters, while Dean and Marni have three sons. Their wives are also a part of CD & ME, as the company is partially named after them…Chuck Dean &Marni Eva.
Upcoming Events @ CD & ME
Then Again - The dudes in the beloved local cover band Then Again are as laid-back and amiable as they come, and yet play familiar favorites from hip-hop, rock, country, 80s pop and beyond with pitch-perfect skill and precision. Along the way, they ll break out big cowboy hats and banjos, tell jokes, encourage dancing and sing-alongs, and [more]