Special Events & Promotions

Special Event Approval

Please review the updated Special Event Guidelines and submit a Special Event Application eight weeks prior to the event. The City's list of Approved Special Events is updated regularly.

A Special Event Application is required for annual approval of a City designated festival; any assembly or activity that utilizes public property, i.e., streets, sidewalks, five or more parking spaces and/or parking lots; and any activity requiring a high level of City services, i.e., police, fire, public works. An event completely contained on private property or on public property owned by another government entity (park district, forest preserve, county) does not require a City of Geneva Special Event Application. Block Parties and Tag Days are regulated by the Geneva Police Department and also are excluded from the Special Event Application requirement. To register for a Tag Day, please submit a Registration Form to the Geneva Police Department.

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.

Business Directory

The Economic Development Department maintains a directory of all Geneva businesses on the City website. In order to have your business properly listed, please complete the online form of our Employers Database.

Business Safety

Watch a video featuring Officer Chuck Parisi, who provides safety guidelines to businesses should they need assistance from the Geneva Police Department. 

Geneva Downtown Map

The Geneva Downtown Map is a mobile-friendly guide of central downtown Geneva businesses. The map lists places to shop, eat, and drink, as well as historic landmarks. Downtown businesses can contact Cate Tracy with map updates and corrections. Additional business photos are welcome.  

Outdoor Merchandise Displays and Sales

The store occupying the building year-round allows outdoor merchandise displays and sales on private property. The display must be adjacent and subordinate to a merchant's indoor space and doors/walkways must be clear. There are limited exceptions during certain events when an event organizer secures approval through the City's special event approval process. Regulations vary for Geneva-based merchants, temporary merchants, French Market vendors, and food and vending trucks. Please refer to Outdoor Merchandise Displays and Sales guidelines for more information.   

Shop, Dine, Experience Geneva Blog

From dining out to outdoor adventures, the Shop, Dine, Experience Geneva blog describes the fun experiences awaiting Geneva visitors. The blog highlights various local businesses and encourages readers to visit throughout the year. To subscribe to the blog and receive community notifications, visit Notify Me.


Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023

Children in costumes visit downtown Geneva each year for trick-or-treating from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Thursday before Halloween. Participating businesses are encouraged to display a sign, which may be downloaded or picked up at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St. Each business may need approximately 1,000 pieces of candy for this popular event.

For general information on special events in Geneva, check our Upcoming Events page.