Download the Daley Plaza Performance Application.
Application to reserve space on Daley Plaza or Lobby.
The Daley Center is located at 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Performances begin @ 12 Noon (schedule is subject to change)
Join us for the freshest produce of the season. Presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial, visit the Chicago Farmers Market located on Daley Plaza every Thursday from May to October.
Tuesday, October 7
National Stepper’s Society
Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime steppers party.
Friday, October 10
City of Chicago Food Truck Rally 11am-7pm
The City of Chicago Food Truck Rally will present both lunchtime and after work dining options as well as designated area for beer and wine to be purchased and enjoyed. Presented by the City of Chicago, Illinois Lottery, Goose Island Beer Co. , Clif Bar and Chicago Tribune. Participating Trucks will be announced soon!
Wednesday, October 15
James Brown House Music Tribute
Enjoy lunchtime dance music with a DJ set and tribute to the legendary James Brown.
Wednesday, October 29
Thriller Night Michael Jackson impersonator, Rico will perform a tribute to Michael Jackson that includes a special performance of “Thriller”.
October 1 – October 31
The National Italian American Council present a a photo exhibit of Italian American History.
Monday, November 3
Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off
The American Indian Center will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a brief speaking program followed by Native American Drum & Dance.
Tuesday, November 4
National Stepper’s Society
Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.
Monday, November 10
Harmony In Action
Victims mauled by dangerous attack dogs share their testimonies to increase awareness and educate the public about such tragedies.
Friday, November 14
House Music Lunch Jam
Enjoy an hour of dance and house music during lunchtime.
Friday, November 21
Fun While Twirling
S.T.A.T (Sheer Talent and Technique) Baton/Flag/Dance Team of Illinois children ages 5 and older will twirl batons and spin flags to music with dance moves incorporated in the routine.
Friday, November 21– Wednesday, December 24
Experience a traditional German holiday market on Daley Plaza. The Christkindlmarket Chicago, organized by German American Services, Inc., returns for its 19th year. The outdoor holiday market features over 50 vendors from around the world displaying hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages.
Admission is free! Open daily from November 21–December 24: Sunday – Thursday 11am-8pm and Friday & Saturday: 11am-9pm. For further information including a list of vendors, special events and entertainment, please visit christkindlmarket.com or call (312) 494-2175.
The City of Chicago and UL present the 101st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This highly-anticipated event draws people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.” Live performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle in Daley Plaza.
Santa Claus will once again set up shop on Daley Plaza in an all NEW Santa House provided by ECODOME Inc. Santa’s mid-west headquarters will be open to children of all ages where they can experience the wonder of the North Pole and have their picture taken with Santa Claus throughout the holiday season.
Visits with Santa Claus begin on Tuesday, November 25, from 6pm until 8pm, with special hours on Wednesday, November 26, 11am–8pm and Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 11am–4pm. Santa’s regular visiting hours and house tours will begin on Friday, November 28, and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 21 from 11am to 8pm. During Christmas week, December 22-23, the house will be open each day from 11am to 8pm, with special hours on Christmas Eve from 11am to 4pm.
Santa will be available for photos, so don't forget to bring your camera!
Wednesday, November 26
St. Andrew’s Day Celebration 11am–8pm
Enjoy traditional and national dances of Scotland performed by the Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers in honor of St. Andrew’s Day on November 30th.