Special Events & Promotions

Approved Special Events


** Please note: City Council approved Resolution 2020-39 suspending all Special Event Applications for events occurring on or before Oct. 1, 2020.**

Events held on streets, sidewalks or other public right of ways, require a Special Events Application. Download and save the fillable PDF file before completing the application details.

Geneva's Special Event Planning Guide is a complete overview of how to submit a special event application to the city. Download and save this file, including the fillable Special Events Application, for the optimal user experience.

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.


This Event Has Been Canceled for 2020

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.