ArtsSpace Program

Recognizing that one of the most valuable resources DCASE has to offer is space, in 2018 DCASE launched the ArtsSpace Program, providing a variety of opportunities for cultural organizations to access space at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.


DCASE’s current ArtsSpace Programs are:


ArtsSpace Program — Michigan Avenue Galleries

The 2021 application is now closed.

The Michigan Avenue Galleries (MAG) ArtsSpace Grant Program is in its third year, awarding exhibition space and a stipend of $10,000 for expenses. The grant is open to individual curators and artists with a demonstrated record of curatorial experience and achievement. Applications are submitted by individuals, or by organizations with which the curator is affiliated, but all narrative questions must be addressed by the curator.

The goal of this program is to elevate the careers of Chicago-based artists and curators, and to strengthen the diversity of artists represented in the Chicago Cultural Center’s galleries.

Download eligibility and grant parameters (PDF)



ArtsSpace Program — Jay Pritzker Pavilion

DCASE is not currently accepting applications for performances in Pritzker Pavilion in 2021. DCASE is working to develop a re-opening plan and strategy for the pavilion informed by guidelines being developed as part of the Reopening Chicago working group process. Please email Meghan Beals McCarthy at with any questions.

The ArtsSpace Program — Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an in-kind grant opportunity providing free space in the Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park for Chicago-based non-profit organizations and cultural producers. Through a competitive application process, selected grantees are responsible for bringing their proposed event to life, with DCASE providing critical technical and in-kind support to help the grantee to realize their vision.  

All programs in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion must be free and open to the public.



ArtsSpace Program — Chicago Cultural Center

ArtsSpace applications for the Chicago Cultural Center are temporarily suspended until September 1. All submitted applications must be for 2021 events. Please email Meghan Beals McCarthy at with any questions.

Year-round performance and presenting opportunities for non-profit arts organizations at the Chicago Cultural Center. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least 120 days prior to the event date. Selected organizations will have their venue rental fee waived, but will incur operational costs for their programs.

Download eligibility and application questions (PDF)

To apply please visit:

All programs presented in the Chicago Cultural Center must be free and open to the public.