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The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees, and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, we are closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials. As of March 15, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States (Read full recommendation). As such, DCASE will not issue Special Events Permits during this time period.

Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Heath’s website,, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.


NEW Online Special Events Permit Application Workshop

The workshop has been postponed. Please review the Special Event Application PowerPoint for guidance.


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")

Bar Crawls ONLY: (i) expected to exceed 500 participants (ii) there are more than 5 stops/participating establishments (iii) 3 or more stops/participating establishments located within the same block

(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 180 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 Stines (liquor)

Kylene Holderman (athletic events)

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