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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 facilitaing the permits for Expanded Outdoor Dining created specifically for temporary Phase 3 (cautiously reopen) outdoor dining.
2020 Expanded Outdoor Dining Application
This new permit has been created specifically for temporary Phase 3 (Cautiously Reopen) outdoor dining.
Existing, fully-licensed restaurants and food establishments may apply to temporarily use streets and private property to extend dining space, where proper social distancing and adherence to public health guidelines are observed.
Applications will be accepted from Chambers of Commerce, SSAs, Business Associations, or a minimum of three (3) establishments (on a contiguous city block) applying together for full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants and nonalcoholic beverage bars to serve food, beverages and liquor for consumption. Applicant(s) may request full street closure (maintaining a 12-foot fire lane) or use of private property, as long as:
There is no processing fee to submit the application
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