debi lilly

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Debi Lilly is a nationally renowned event-planning expert based in Chicago. She is the founder and president of A Perfect Event – Chicago’s most successful special event company with a faithful (and famous) following, including Oprah Winfrey. Lilly is committed to the personalization of every event, including Oprah Winfrey’s recently televised, 50th birthday bash and the wedding of Heather Headley, the award-winning Broadway actress. Other clients and companies include Brooke Shields, Debra Messing, Cartier, Leo Burnett, Starcom, McDonald’s and the Symphony Orchestra, among others. In addition to her business acumen, she deftly balances a demanding career and a growing family. Debi continually serves as an industry expert for such publications as InStyle Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Chicago Social, Chicago Magazine, and The Groom’s Guide. She also has regular guest spots on The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC 7 News Chicago. Debi Lilly graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Marketing. A born-and-bred “hostess”, Lilly has always planned events both large and small, from as young as her elementary years.

Plan a Party with Debi (Past Articles)

favorite dessert:

"Red Velvet Cupcakes from Julius Meinl."

guilty pleasure:

"Spending summers sipping Nicolas Fuillete rosé in Nantucket and Paris."