Based in Highland Park, Illinois, Designer Event Chicago is one of the Chicagoland area’s most highly sought after, boutique event planning firms. With over 30 years of combined event planning experience, our dedicated team is here to help you manage an upcoming wedding, mitzvah, birthday, corporate event, and every milestone in between. Whether you are looking for full-time planning or day-of help, we can customize the right working proposal to help make your special day a resounding success.
LINDSAY STEIN COHEN
OWNER & SENIOR EVENT PLANNER
Lindsay fell in love with entertaining while hosting friends at her parents’ house as a teenager. An incredibly detail-oriented person with a penchant for design, Lindsay loved the creative and organizational aspects of event planning and jumped at the prospect of turning those talents into a career.
At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, one of the Nation’s premier hospitality schools, Lindsay honed her inventive business skill set while also receiving real-world experience coordinating all types of events, from brand reveals to celebrity golf tournaments. Following college, Lindsay worked for an event planning firm on the North Shore for six years before following her dream to own and operate her own business. In 2009, Designer Event Chicago became a reality.
Through the years, Lindsay has proven herself to be a client-friendly and innovative planner who has garnered the respect of her clients, as well as vendors throughout the industry. Lindsay strives to be ahead of the trends, while at the same time maintaining her sense of tradition. Her attention to detail, thoughtful communication and warmth are just a few of the many qualities Lindsay’s clients appreciate. Because of this she maintains strong, personal relationships with all those she works with.
Lindsay resides in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband, Adam, daughter, Allyn, son, Parker.
OWNER & SENIOR EVENT PLANNER
As one of the founders of Designer Event Chicago, Katie knows that attention to detail and creating unique personal touches goes a long way. Katie specializes in social, corporate and charitable parties, combining her management skills and welcoming personality to make all of her events a great success.
Katie graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University with a business degree. While at DePaul, Katie began working at a public relations firm in Chicago where she concentrated on event planning and marketing for its non-profit clients. After three years, Katie accepted a position with an event planning firm on the North Shore, where she sharpened her leadership skills, expanded her creativity, and truly fell in love with the art of planning the perfect party. She remained there for over eight years as senior event planner until she left to form Designer Event Chicago.
Whether it is a large or intimate gathering, Katie works diligently with the Designer Event Chicago team as well as vendors to make sure her events run flawlessly. Her wealth of experience and ability to see the bigger picture, while still focusing on every small aspect of each event, has earned her praise throughout the industry, as well as from her many repeat clients. It is why time and time again, clients feel confident leaving Katie to create, manage and lead the event of their dreams!
Katie resides in Elmhurst, Illinois. Outside of Designer Event Chicago, Katie loves spending time with her husband, John, and their four children, John, Luke, Meggie and Michael. Katie also enjoys donating her time to charities, such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, traveling the world and uncovering fabulous shops and restaurants throughout the Chicago area.