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Special Events & Promotions
Special Events
Special Event means any transient amusement enterprise, outdoor temporary gathering, and any similar event that is to occur on City-owned or controlled property and/or requires support of City staff, financial or other resources, including but not limited to a fundraiser, theatrical exhibition, musical performance, public show, entertainment, amusement or other exhibition. 

Approved Events
A list of recently approved Special Events can be found online

Special Event Application
If you will be holding an event (race/walk/etc.) that will utilize public streets and sidewalks, or other public right of ways, you must submit a Special Events Application. Approval may be granted by Geneva City Council at least six weeks prior to your event date or by the Administrative staff. Events of high impact must receive City Council approval, smaller events may be approved administratively.

If you are holding a special event, please read our
Special Event Policy and submit the associated application below.

Large events and festivals require approval from City Council. It is recommended applications are submitted at least 60 days prior to the desired event date. Application

There are some instances where a permit may be issued administratively. Low impact events include: sidewalk sales, use of parking spaces, and requests via tag, or “candy days” on the corner, Walk/Runs on pre-approved routes, and events held on private property.

The City of Geneva requires a permit for any parade, march, assemblage or gathering (PMAG), other than a funeral procession which occurs on any public street, alley or other public way.

Block parties are exempt from filing an event application.

Fundraising car washes are exempt from filing an event application, but organizers should contact the Geneva Police Department for approval.

Business Beat
"Business Beat" is a series of videos featuring a variety of local businesses. Videos are shown on the General Broadcast Network and can also be viewed on the City YouTube Channel. If you would like your business to be featured on this program, contact the Economic Development Department at 630-232-7449.

Geneva Business Workshops

The Economic Development Department hosts seminars for local business owners and staff. Please make sure to register your business with the City Employers Database, so that you are added to our email list.

Holiday Programs
DowTrick or Treat 2016ntown Trick or Treating is held the Thursday prior to Halloween, unless Halloween falls on a Thursday, in which case it is on Halloween. Download a sign for your window to let trick or treaters know they can stop in your business.

 During Live Windows storefronts come to life following the Tree Lighting Ceremony of the Christmas Walk. Live Windows is a way to attract shoppers to State St. following the Christmas Walk festivities on Third St.

Social Media
Follow the City of Geneva Economic Development Department on Twitter at Explore Geneva for news about shops, restaurants, attractions, and events. Email the Department your Twitter name, so that we can follow your business.

 Follow the City of Geneva Pinterest page at GenevaShopsIL.