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Opportunities for Individual Artists


INVEST South/West Englewood: Halsted Gateway Project

Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

DCASE, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have partnered to renew the Englewood Line’s viaduct located at 5800 S. Halsted. As part of the improvements, DCASE will commission an artist to create a “gateway” mural that will signal entrance to the nearby commercial district at 63rd and Halsted. The project aims to create a sense of place and welcome local residents and visitors alike to Englewood. More information and to apply.


INVEST South/West Artist in Residence Program

Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

DCASE in partnership with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), seeks artists to participate in the INVEST South/West (ISW) Artist in Residence Program. ISW is an unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners toward neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.The goal of INVEST South/West is to re-activate neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of-life amenities for local residents. More information and to apply.


Learning Lab Programs Chicago Cultural Center

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Meet an artist. Explore ideas. Make some art. Repeat. Artists and organizations are invited to apply for an opportunity to celebrate that sweet spot where artists and visitors engage in a unique way in the Learning Lab at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year, we are especially interested in activities that align with the Year of Chicago Music. To apply, visit Learning Lab Meet an Artist Proposal Application.


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


Millennium Park Summer Workouts

The application process has closed for the 2020 season. If you would like to be notified when we open the application for summer 2021, please fill out this short survey.


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.


Opportunities for Arts Organizations and Businesses


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


Opportunities for Businesses and Vendors


Maxwell Street Market Vendor Applications

Be a part of the historic Maxwell Street Market, a Chicago tradition with an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares, clothing and more. For more information and to apply to be a vendor or single day vendor, visit


2020 Chicago City Markets Vendor Applications

Application Deadline is March 2 for Returning Vendors and March 9 for New Vendors

Be a part of Chicago City Markets, including Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza and community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. Farmers, food entrepreneurs and artisans are invited to submit applications to sell their produce and locally-sourced and -made food products and goods for the 2020 Market Season. More information and application at


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


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, greeting and wayfinding at events, and more.

We accept volunteer applications year-round.

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