In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
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 outlines by federal health authorities and state and local officials.
We understand the enormous economic impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will announce details as they become available.
As of March 15, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings recommend that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. The current recommendation, along with the guidance of state officials, cancels these types of events in the City of Chicago through May 15, and Special Event Permits will not be issued.
Additionally, the Chicago Film Office is not issuing film permits through May 15.
All DCASE programming is canceled through May 15, including the following measures:
Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.