Event Coordinator - 1871

Chicago, Illinois, United States · Operations · FEATURED FULLTIME


ABOUT 1871:

The story of the Great Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: a remarkable moment when Chicago’s most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world. Today, Chicago’s brightest founders, entrepreneurs, digital designers, and engineers are developing new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, grow professionally and, with a little luck, change the world. If that sounds like you, join us.


Do you love events? Do you love organization? Are you always creating checklists and budgets? Does a dynamic environment that constantly changes excite you? Then read on - we may have the perfect role for you!

1871 is looking for a highly detailed, outgoing Events Coordinator to join our team and hit the ground running as they immerse themselves in our exciting, fast-paced environment.

Reporting to the Director of Events, the Events Coordinator will be responsible for many critical responsibilities of the 1817 Events Team, including management of all incoming event inquiries


Inquiry Distribution & Management - Act as customer service liaison for all incoming event inquiries, including those received via email, website, returning clients and internal requests/inquiries, from initial client communication through contract execution

Event Planning & Execution - Manage all 1871 member events as well as other small events as assigned from contract execution through day-of execution (including all client communication and event logistics) and act as Events Team lead on 1871’s Community Holiday Party and 1871’s Birthday Party

Calendar Management - Management of Events calendar, including proactive use of space, placing holds and securing details for confirmed events and ensuring the correct parties are kept informed

Contract Generation - Generate contracts for all confirmed events to be distributed by Director of Events

Event Marketing - Implement all website updates as well as weekly Events newsletter

Partner Relationships - Serve as liaison to the Merchandise Mart and other partners including members, tenants, accelerators and universities

Contractor Management - Oversee scheduling for contracted evening events and facilities staff

Other Projects/Responsibilities




1871 offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, 401k, PTO, opportunities to participate in workshops and events and more!


1871/CEC is an equal employment opportunity employer with a strong focus on crafting an inclusive and diverse environment. We encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position.

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