Michelle Durpetti, Managing Partner/Chief Planner, Gene & Georgetti / Michelle Durpetti Events
In 2008 McGowan Durpetti & Associates was founded on the principle that event planners must be good sources of creative ideas combined with practical experience, flexibility, and know-how to manage an event from beginning to end. In 2010 Michelle steered McGowan Durpetti & Associates in a new direction with the re-launch of the company as Michelle Durpetti Events, expanding its list of services to include wedding coordination and destination management in addition to event management. Michelle attended college in both the United States and Italy, eventually graduating from Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Italian Language Studies. She utilized her fluency in Italian while working for the Italian Trade Commission and soon began freelancing as an events specialist and produced private events including birthdays, weddings, & both the 60th & 65th anniversary celebrations of Chicago restaurant Gene & Georgetti; family owned and operated for over 75 years, and that family is Michelle’s – Founder Gene Michelotti was her grandfather and Michelle is now a Managing Partner of Gene & Georgetti’s two locations. Since Michelle Durpetti Events’ inception, she has planned and produced over 300 weddings and events. Her work has been featured both locally and nationally in everything from Chicago Magazine, Your Trendy Magazine, and Chicago Style Weddings to SMP, Grace Ormonde, MOD weddings, and Wedding Chicks. She has been featured as an industry expert on various local digital, print, and television publications. At almost the ten year marker with MDE, Michelle still works with couples planning their weddings and events because she loves to do it. She balances her time between MDE and being a managing partner in her family’s business in Chicago while also being a competitive amateur equestrian. She was named a “woman of style” in 2017 by Chicago Social magazine. In 2018 she was one of the inaugural “Dynamic Women” as selected by Modern Luxury and named a top planner by PartySlate.