Special Events and Expanded Outdoor Permits

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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.

 

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2020 Expanded Outdoor Dining Application

Apply Online


(application works best in Google Chrome)  

Expanded Outdoor Dining FAQ (pdf)

Expanded Outdoor Dining Dos and Don'ts (pdf)

Be Safe. Food Service Guidelines (pdf)

This new permit has been created specifically for temporary outdoor dining on the public way or private property.

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 14-foot fire lane) or use of private property, as long as:

  • Establishments only allow outdoor dining and drinking;
  • Seating is for parties of 10 persons or fewer;
  • Food and drinks are prepared inside the licensed establishments;
  • The proper social distancing of six (6) feet between customers is observed; and
  • Health guidelines set by public health officials are followed.

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).

Apply Online


(application works best in Google Chrome)

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

  • Will close City streets (street closures are not allowed for private events);
  • Will prepare Food on a public street/sidewalk or private property (open to the public);
  • Will serve alcohol;
  • Have tent(s) larger than 20 ft. x 20 ft. (400 sq. ft.); OR
  • Have stage(s) taller than 2 ft.

Bar Crawls must also complete an application if the event

  • Expects to exceed 500 participants;
  • Includes more than 5 stops/participating establishments; OR
  • Includes 3 or more stops/participating establishments on the same street block.

DCASE Processing Fee:
The processing fee for a Special Event Permit Application starts at $100 if submitted more than 60 days before the start of the event. The fee increases if submitted closer to the event. Applications may be submitted up to 180 days prior to the event and must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the start of 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)
  • NO applications are accepted less than 14 days before the event

Events taking place on Chicago Park District property require an additional Park District Special Event Permit

 

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