Based in Chicago, Next Level Event Design works with international brands to craft unique, flawlessly executed events around the world. With a focus on creativity, flexibility, and attention to detail, we help our clients plan experiential events that consistently exceed expectations. Be as involved in the event design process as you like, or leave every last detail to us. Our greatest joy is bringing our clients’ event visions to life.


specializing in the “wow” factor
We’ll help you create something innovative that suits your needs, budgets, and goals.


leave the details to us
Trust our decades of experience and know that we will have all bases covered.


show your business in the best light
We partner with you from start to finish and provide seamless execution during your event.


ready to collaborate or take the reins
We’ll support your event strategy team or handle everything from top to bottom.


Cathy Genetti
President and Founder
Fun Fact: Solo piloted a private plane.
Cory Fowkes, CMP
Vice President
Fun Fact: Cory has produced events on 5 of the 7 continents.



Celebrating International Women’s Month
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“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each…

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Stakeholder Mapping: A Clear Path To Event Success
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Are you finding planning events post-pandemic to be an incredibly different ballgame? More difficult? More…

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Letter From The President 2023
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The last time I wrote I was trying to breathe, refresh and engage. As my life…

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Giving Gifts With Intention
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It’s that time of year again – it sneaks up on all of us, stresses…

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Gathering with Authenticity
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The magnificent fall foliage beaming bright hues of red and yellow has signified the seasons’…

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How Do We Optimize the Human Experience?
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As Event Producers, we face the question of, “how are we optimizing our guests’ experience?”,…

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Event Recap: Chicagopalooza 2022
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As the world navigates coming out of the pandemic, corporations are navigating the return to…

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#NextLevelOnTheScene: Where have we been!?
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Okay, we get it – it’s been over two years since you last heard from…

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Virtual Events: The Pandemic Pivot
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Virtual Events: The Pandemic Pivot This time of COVID-19 has been a ‘pivot’ in nearly…

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Inspire - A Letter from the President - Cathy Genetti
A Letter from the President of NLED – Cathy Genetti
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Can you believe we have made it to 2020!?!  Twenty-Twenty!  I must admit, it looks…

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To Swag, or Not to Swag – Our TOP 5 Favorite Swag Themes
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To Swag, or Not to Swag, that is the question.  Everyone loves free stuff, right?…

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Building a Spectacular Summer Event Theme
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When creating a theme for your event, there are so many options to choose from,…

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Next Level Event Design
1 South Dearborn St., 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: 1.312.280.1366