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Jamey Lundblad Jamey.Lundblad@cityofchicago.org
Christine Carrino Christine.Carrino@cityofchicago.org
CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced a slate of new and reimagined summer events including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers. DCASE will produce more than 150 events this summer. Many of these programs support the local music industry during the Year of Chicago Music — now extended into 2021.
Today, DCASE also shared new guidance for large outdoor events across the City of Chicago, cancelling all permitted special events through Labor Day. Regrettably, this includes many of Chicago’s annual summertime traditions: Chicago SummerDance, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza in Grant Park; the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach; Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park; the majority of programming at the Chicago Riverwalk, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park; Maxwell Street Market through Labor Day; the Jumping Jack Program; and other festivals, parades and athletic events — some of which have already been cancelled.
“We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.”
New and reimagined summer events include:
Millennium Park will reopen in mid-June with limited in-person programming and in accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health safeguards and best practices, to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike. Chicago Cultural Center and other DCASE-managed venues remain closed to the public until further notice.
Considered essential businesses, most of the Chicago City Markets will also open in June and July to increase neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food. DCASE will take necessary precautions to encourage social distancing and protect the safety of customers and vendors. Preliminary details are provided below.
The City of Chicago previously cancelled its annual Memorial Day Parade and House Music, Gospel Music and Blues festivals.
For updates about DCASE programming, permitting and venues, visit chicago.gov/dcase.
2020 Chicago City Markets Schedule:
These City-run markets serve communities with limited access to fresh produce and areas designated low-income, low-access by the U.S Dept. of Agriculture (USDA). All markets accept LINK through a partnership with Link Up Illinois, an Experimental Station program. The Link Match incentive (previously known as double value) gives a matching $1 coupon for each dollar spent with a Link card. DCASE will take necessary precautions to encourage social distancing and protect the safety of customers and vendors — including requiring masks and limiting the number of shoppers allowed into markets at one time. More details will be announced soon. DCASE is already helping to facilitate independent farmers markets citywide.
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