The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events administers several programs geared toward supporting Chicago's various communities. DCASE's Neighborhood Festival Program provides assistance to residents and community organizations to obtain the necessary information and permits to present festivals and other special events in Chicago's neighborhoods. Other neighborhood services include the Jumping Jack Program. DCASE also organizes Chicago's Farmers Markets and administers the long-running Maxwell Street Market.
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The Neighborhood Festival Program is designed to provide assistance in obtaining the necessary food and liquor vending permits, street closures, and required special permitting. This area also works closely with all city departments to ensure proper staffing and event awareness.
2016 Special Events Permit Package (PDF)
The Permit Package Applications are saved as interactive Adobe PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software download) is required to save and edit your completed forms on your computer.
Each year, the Jumping Jack delights children across Chicago. This inflatable playground, provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is available for free, all summer long. Learn more about the Jumping Jack Program.