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Chicago Cultural Center
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 Nov 21, 2016 Opportunity for Artists
High Alert Nov 15, 2016 Top 5 Holiday Events
Low Alert Nov 30, 2016 Agenda for Tuesday, December 6th Cultural Advisory Council Meeting

Most Recent News (Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Nov 10, 2016 City of Chicago Completes Restoration of George Washington Monument at 51st St. & Martin Luther King Dr.
Nov 9, 2016 Stomp, Rudolph and Santa to Headline Chicago’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov 7, 2016 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Announces 2017 Program Dates
Nov 3, 2016 Chicago's 2016 Christmas Tree - 69 Foot Norway Spruce from Wauconda, Illinois
Oct 24, 2016 Mayor Emanuel Designates 2017 As The “Year Of Public Art” In Chicago, Providing $1.5 Million for Artists and Neighborhood Art Projects
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