Special Events, Cultural Affairs & Recreation

Welcome to the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation website.

As Chairman of the Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Chairman Tunney and the other members of the Committee have jurisdiction over all special events and related programs of the City – including parades, fests, tastes, community and neighborhood fairs.  The Committee also has jurisdiction over those matters which affect the cultural growth of the City and its’ cultural institutions including matters generally affect the Cultural Center.   The Committee shall also have jurisdiction over all matters relating to the Park system within the City, all matters generally affecting the Chicago Park District and all matters relating to the provision of recreational facilities within the City and shall work with those agencies, both public & private, that are similarly engaged.

  • To see the various programs that the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are hosting; please click here.
  • The Chicago Park District is the jewel of the City of Chicago, to find your park or a program that is currently being offered; please click here.
  • The Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs & Recreation holds Committee hearings at City Hall – to attend one of our meetings or to get in touch with a member of the Committee, please click here.

Chicago Park District

  • The mission of the Chicago Park District is to: Enhance the quality of life in Chicago by becoming the leading provider of recreation and leisure opportunities Read more>>

Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

Dedicated to promoting and supporting Chicago’s arts and culture sector Read more>>

Choose Chicago

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Alderman Tom Tunney

Our Chairman

Thomas Tunney 44th Ward Read more>>