Apply to Perform at a DCASE Event or Venue


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) periodically accepts artist submissions for consideration for its festivals and programs. All events take place in Chicago, IL.

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Currently accepting submissions for:

Millennium Park Theatre Series Call

Application deadline is Monday, March 25 at 5pm CST

As part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, this special designation DCASE is seeking proposals from Chicago’s diverse theatre and performance community - including street theatre, stage combat, musical performance, improv and immersive theatre - to present original works at Millennium Park. Companies will have the opportunity to develop site- -specific theatre performances that engage the unique architecture, design, public art and Cloud Gate Plaza as the ultimate stage. Between July--October 2019, DCASE will commission up to 12 theatre companies to complete a one week residency in Millennium Park and produce a minimum of three performances that are free and open to the public.

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Under The Picasso

  • Dates: Year-round, Weekdays at Noon
  • Location: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
  • Categories: Dance, Music, Flag-Raising, Theater, Other
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Closed for 2019:

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is no longer accepting artists submissions for the 2019 festivals. Please check here next fall for information on the 2020 festival season.