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78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

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800 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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Alerts (Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Severe Alert Jan 19, 2017 Taste of Chicago Food Vendor Applications Are Now Available!
High Alert Feb 16, 2017 Year of Public Art 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Projects Application Deadline Extended
High Alert Jan 27, 2017 DCASE Job Opportunities
High Alert Jan 11, 2017 Call To Artists

Most Recent News (Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Feb 14, 2017 Chicago Gospel Music Festival Preview Events Offer Opportunities For Artists
Jan 27, 2017 Chicago’s Third-Annual Lake FX CreativeCon Features Keynote by Music and Entertainment Executive Kevin Liles
Jan 24, 2017 Chicago Blues Festival Moves to Millennium Park – Chicago's Premier Outdoor Music Venue – And Celebrates the Influence of Urban Blues on Rock, R&B, Rap and Hip-Hop
Jan 7, 2017 Mayor Emanuel Joins Community at The 606 for Unveiling of Turning Sky and Second-Annual Walk with Light event
Dec 20, 2016 Chicago Cultural Center to Host Free Family Performances as Part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival January 20–22, 2017
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