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Special Events Management
2221 W. 43rd Street
Chicago, IL 60609

Phone: (773) 868-3010
Fax: (773) 868-0425

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Entertainment and Talent inquiries please email submissions to

Vending/Exhibitor space inquiries, contact 773-584-6642 or

Staging and Equipment Services inquiries contact Johnny Gaskill at 773-584-6634.

Sponsorship and Marketing opportunities please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at

Special Events Management is currently looking for the following canidates to join our team. If you're interested, please follow the directions listed below.

Event Coordinator Position
Special Events Management, the Midwest's largest producer of street/art fests, runs/walks and other events is seeking an Event Project Manager/Coordinator. The position starts in March 2017. Depending on the event, responsibilities include either the full management or coordination of events. Qualified individuals must have a broad knowledge of event planning, management and on-site logistics and be able to work with both SEM staff and clients. On-site weekend work is required. Strong communication, customer service, creative problem-solving skills and attention to detail are a plus. Interested individuals should send their resume, along with a short cover letter, to:

Customer Service Representative
Special Events Management is now hiring a customer service representative. The position starts in March 2017. Duties include event registrant call backs, data input and report generation among other tasks. This individual must have a go-getter attitude and be able to seek answers to questions asked. Strong communication and attention to detailed required. This position is currently full-time contract work with the opportunity to become a full-time permanent position. On-site weekend work is required. Interested individuals should send their resume, along with a short cover letter, to:

Seasonal Event Opportunities
Do you enjoy being outdoors? Special Events Management is hiring general labor for events. Event crew help to set up and take down a variety of events, including sporting, music, festivals, or other. The work of the event crew includes physical labor, and these individuals must generally be able to lift at least 25 pounds, set up equipment, and work as part of a team. Event crew also help to clean up after an event (including picking up any trash left behind) and taking down all tables, concessions, and equipment. A CDL drivers license is preferred but not required. Event crew are expected to work a variety of hours, including overnight. Work occurs mostly on the weekends around the Chicagoland area. If you're interested in joining our team, please send your resume, along with a short cover letter, to:

Music Bookings (now CLOSED for 2017)
We begin taking submissions on Dec 1st, 2017 for the 2018 season. During the submission period, any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email ONLY.

It is mandatory that all information requested below be in your email in order to be considered. Due to the large amount of submissions, we do not take submissions but phone, only by email. Thanks!

  • 2016 Chicago headline history (Dates/Venues/Draw)
  • 2016 Chicago support situations (Dates/Venues/Support for ??)
  • 2016 Festival performances (Dates/Festivals)
  • Facebook Link
  • Website link
  • YouTube video links
  • Pricing (range)
  • Set Length
  • Sample set list
  • What sets your band apart from others?
Email this information to: Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at

If there is an interest in having you perform at any of our events, we will contact you. NO phone calls please. Please note that we take every submission seriously and will review all materials and research your band.

Agents: Feel free to email avails on your talent for consideration, avails should include all information above as well as prices.


The Special Events Management internship program is designed to introduce students to all aspects of event production and management within the different types of events that are produced by our company. These events include, but are not limited to charity runs and walks, community fairs and festivals, outdoor concerts and Olympic sanctioned cycling national championships. Our interns gain a valuable understanding of many different aspects within an event and how they all interact with one another to produce the special event.

Interns will assist with event planning, permit requests, vendor relations, event liability insurance, event supplies, sponsorship fulfillment, event marketing, entertainment production, database management, venue and site development and so much more. Our Interns learn about implementing media and promotional programs that are tied to media and corporate sponsors. They will interface with corporate clients, vendors, Mayor's Office of Special Events, City of Chicago Departments and the Chicago Park District, as well as other village departments and cities that the events take place within. Our interns walk away with all of the real experience that our event mangers face on a daily basis. However, be prepared to work hard, work long hours (some office calls for our weekend events begin as early as 2:00AM) and manage numerous tasks at once. This is not a job for those who just want an easy 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday job, as this is nothing close to that.

Work schedule is seven days a week. Please be prepared for that. Monday through Friday is usually in the office (or at events if needed) AND Saturday & Sundays are at events as needed. The internship is paid; however, Interns are responsible for their own housing, transportation and living expense.

Internships are available during the spring, summer and fall semesters. All majors are accepted and welcomed. We are flexible with dates, but the normal is as follows: Spring Interns usually work January through April/May. Applicants are accepted beginning on September 15 through November 15. Summer Interns work May/June through August/September (some schools differ slightly and that is fine). We begin accepting applicants on February 1 through March 30. Fall Interns work August/September through December. Applicants are accepted beginning May 1 through July 15.

To be considered for the internship, please submit the following via e-mail to, (please no phone calls):
Your current resume and a Cover Letter containing why you would like to participate in the Internship Program at Special Event Management, as well as your start and end dates for your internship.

Vending Applications

Attention vendors - you may download vending applications for our summer festivals from each event's web page and in the vendor section (click the 'Vendor' tab on the top of this page).

Exhibitors and Vendors should contact at 773-584-6642.

Corporations, chain stores, franchise companies, product brands, field marketing and promotional companies, marketing agencies, public relation firms and all their respective clients including free giveaways and sampling are considered SPONSORS, and must contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684, Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Looking to produce a special event? Looking for management of your existing event? Contact Hank Zemola at 773-584-6623 or

2221 West 43rd Street
Chicago, IL 60609

Phone: (773) 868-3010
Fax: (773) 868-0425

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