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Based on Chicago's key health metrics, the city is currently in Phase 4 (Gradually Resume) – allowing additional businesses and public amenities to open with limited capacities and appropriate safeguards. Although progress has been made in order to move to phase four, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors; staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms. Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website, chicago.gov/coronavirus, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.
Following the City and State guidelines, DCASE will not issue Special Events Permits for parades, athletic events or neighborhood festivals occuring on or before September 7, 2020 (Labor Day).
However, DCASE is facilitating the permits for Expanded Outdoor Dining created specifically for temporary outdoor dining on the public way or private property.
2020 Expanded Outdoor Dining Application
This new permit has been created specifically for temporary outdoor service for bars on restaurants on the public way or private property.
Individual, fully-licensed food and/or liquor establishments may apply to temporarily use private property to extend service space, where proper social distancing and adherence to public health guidelines are observed.
Individual establishments that serve liquor only may apply to use the sidewalk space in front of or immediately adjacent to their establishment. Six feet of pedestrian access must be maintained, and barriers must be placed around outdoor service areas on the sidewalk. Retail Food Establishments should use the sidewalk café permit to operate on the sidewalk – learn more here.
Applications for street closure will be accepted from Chambers of Commerce, SSAs, Business Associations, or a minimum of three (3) establishments (on a contiguous city block) applying together. At least 50 percent of participating establishments must serve food. Applicant(s) may request full street closure (maintaining a 14-foot fire lane) or use of private property, as long as:
There is no processing fee to submit the application for any Expanded Outdoor Dining Permit.
2020 Online Special Event Permit Application
(Not Required for Expanded Outdoor Dining Application )
Following the City and State guidelines for Phase 3 reopening, DCASE will not issue Special Events Permits for parades, athletic events or neighborhood festivals occuring on or before September 7, 2020 (Labor Day).
Please review the Special Event Application PowerPoint for guidance.
Outdoor events held in the City of Chicago must complete a Special Event Permit Application if the event
Bar Crawls must also complete an application if the event
DCASE Processing Fee:
Events taking place on Chicago Park District property require an additional Park District Special Event Permit