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.


(Updated April 1, 2021)

For the health and safety of our visitors and staff, DCASE is taking necessary precautions for all its programs. For the latest updates on the response to COVID-19, please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health's website,


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Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

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800 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607


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