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NEW Online Special Event Permit Application Workshop

Saturday, February 29, 10am–Noon
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St.


Join the DCASE Special Event Permit Team for a training on the New Online Permit Application.


Overview of crowd and vendors at a neighborhood festival

More than 400 neighborhood festivals take place in Chicago each year, showcasing the city's diverse culture, music and food.



Family Entertainment • Ethnic Food • Music • Customs



NEW Online Special Event Permit Application

(soft launch Tuesday, February 18, 2020)

Outdoor events held in the City of Chicago having one or more of the following components must complete a Special Event Permit Application:

  • Will close City Streets (Street closures are not allowed for Private Events)
  • Will serve food on a public street or sidewalk
  • Will serve alcohol
  • Have tent(s) larger than 20' X 20'
    (400 sq. ft.)
  • Have stage(s) taller than 2 ft. (24")

(application works best in Google Chrome)

DCASE Processing Fee:
Submitting a Special Event Application to DCASE fee starts at $100 (60 or more days out) and increases the closer you get to your event date. An application may be submitted up to 120 days prior to the event.

  • $100 (60+ days before event)
  • $200 (59-45 days before event)
  • $500 (44-30 days before event)
  • $1,000 (29-15 days before event)
  • $2,000 (21-14 days before event)
  • NO Applications are accepted less than 14 days before the event

Events taking place on Park District Property require a Park Permit.

DCASE Permits Team:
Roger Cerritos (food)

Janet Steins (liquor)

Kylene Holderman (athletic events)

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