Special Events & Promotions

Approved Special Events
Special Event Policy and Procedures


Events held on streets, sidewalks or other public right of ways, require a Special Events Application, Administrative Approval Application and/or PMAG Permit Application.
  1. Large events and festivals, which need City Council approval, require a Special Events Application at least 60 days prior to the event date.
  2. Low impact events such as sidewalk sales, use of parking spaces, candy sales, walk/runs, and events held on private property, require an Administrative Approval Application.
  3. Any parade, march, assemblage or gathering, other than a funeral procession on any public right of way, requires a PMAG Permit Application.
Block parties and 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.

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.

Explore Geneva Map

The Explore Geneva Map is a mobile-friendly map of all of the businesses which together make Geneva a destination. It primarily includes restaurants, retail shops, and some service orientated and recreational businesses which may be of interest to visitors. All businesses listed in the Directory will be considered for the map as well.

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.


Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Children in costumes visit downtown Geneva each year for trick-or-treating from 2 - 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. Each business may need approximately 1,000 pieces of candy for this popular event.

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