(Updated April 24, 2020)


The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, we are closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials.

The COVID-19 outbreak is having an enormous economic impact on our local arts community. The City of Chicago and DCASE are proud partners and contributors to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund – providing financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. Apply and donate at Please also visit DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources – a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials, DCASE has announced the following:

Plans for summer programming and events remain under discussion. The City of Chicago will continue to work closely with our partners at the State to adopt protocols based on the recommendations and guidance of health experts.

Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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