Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

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Volunteer for DCASE


Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

With DCASE you will connect guests (Chicagoans and visitors alike) with some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum, and the Taste of Chicago.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways: leading tours, providing information, assisting with events, and more.

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Opportunities for Individual Artists


New City of Chicago Mural Registry

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

DCASE recently launched the new City of Chicago Mural Registry, a publicly-accessible database documenting the growing collection of murals across the city on both private and public property. Artists, organizations and property owners are encouraged to register completed murals by submitting an application. For more information about the registration process application and process, visit


Performance Opportunities at a DCASE Event or Venue

If you're interested in performing at a DCASE event or venue, please visit


Opportunities for Educators/Instructors


Call for Millennium Park Summer Workout Instructors

If you are interested in teaching a fitness class in the world renowned Millennium Park during our 2020 Millennium Park Summer Workouts, please apply online at and we will reach out to you when we open up for submissions.


DCASE Exhibition Exploration

By reservation, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm, maximum 30 students
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

DCASE offers a free guided Exhibition Exploration especially for Elementary and High School groups. Delve into current exhibitions and explore the Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab and Millennium Park! Register at, and please note in the comment section whether you are interested in an Exhibition Exploration or Building Tour.


Chicago Architecture Biennial Guided Tours for School Groups

Tuesdays–Fridays, October 1–December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

CAB will offer 90-minute guided tours of the Biennial, Tuesday through Friday, between October 1 and December 20 for school groups with students in grades 5-12. Free buses will be provided to qualifying schools on a first come first serve basis. The Biennial will also provide a welcome and guidebook to teachers wishing to lead a self-guided tour of the Biennial. Field trip sign up will begin in mid-august at


Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Businesses


Firework Displays

Request for Proposals

Proposals Deadline: Friday, December 20, at 4pm CST

DCASE seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide fireworks display services. For more information, visit


Millennium Park Cycle Center Concession Services

Request for Proposals

Proposals Deadline: Monday, December 30, at 4pm CST

DCASE invites the submission of proposals to operate concession services for the McDonald’s Cycle Center in Millennium Park. For more information, visit


DCASE ArtsSpace Program — Chicago Cultural Center

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The DCASE ArtsSpace Program offers access to space at DCASE venues for free public programs organized by Chicago's cultural organizations. Applications for programs at the Chicago Cultural Center 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. For more information and the application, visit


Call for Corporate Partners

DCASE produces Chicago's largest free festivals including Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival and Chicago Jazz Festival plus a variety of other festivals and events throughout the year. Our goal is to engage companies, agencies and other partners to add value to the City's events while bringing brands directly to local consumers to increase brand awareness, generate valuable press exposure, drive traffic and sales, and build customer loyalty. To learn more about partnership opportunities, visit or email at


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