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Meet ILEA Chicago Member - Jamie Sowski of The Old Post Office


1.       Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning?

I actually went to school for and worked in Special Ed for many years and was starting to need a change. Around that time, the Event Coodinator at the restaurant/bar I bartended at on the side decided to leave her position for something new. They approached me with the opportunity, I said yes, and the rest is history :)

2.       Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away?

Writer's block on this question ... feel free to ask me this question at the next ILEA event!

3.       What do you love the most about what you do?

I love all the amazing people I get to work with, from clients to vendors. It's fun to be part of making an occassion into a special celebration and working together to make people happy

4.       Where did you grow up?

Elk Grove Village, IL

5.       What is your event gone wrong horror story?

I can think of a couple from a few years back when I did more bat/bar mitzvahs. We had one where the kids tables were going to be out on a veranda, the count was a bit higher than planned, and the day was going to be rainy so we had to add a tent. Between all the tables and the posts put in for tenting, the space was VERY tight!! But as we all do in our industry, we did what we could and made it work. Doing what we could included me literally climbing around the ground, in my dress and heels, to get chairs pushed in, linens tucked, tables moved, etc. I was a complete sweaty mess when we finished, but the event went great!

6.       What made you interested in participating in ILEA?

I met Rachel Krieger when I started at Union Station and she introduced me to the ILEA group. Every time I go to an event everyone is always so welcoming and friendly. Jeff does a great job at connecting individuals and making sure everyone is networking and having fun. They have an awesome leadership team and offer a nice variety of events and education.

For More Information on Jamie and the Old Post Office, The Old Post Office Event Space

Jamie Sowski
Marketing and Events Manager
The Old Post Office
433 W Van Buren | Chicago, IL 60607
Direct: (312) 605-0085