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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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High Alert Oct 21, 2016 DCASE Student Internship Opportunity
High Alert Oct 18, 2016 Top 5 family fun events
High Alert Sep 30, 2016 Christmas Tree Submissions
High Alert Sep 23, 2016 Top 3 Chicago markets this fall

Most Recent News (Cultural Affairs and Special Events)

Oct 21, 2016 Chicago Film Office Announces Independent Film Initiative Filmmaker In Residence Daniel Nearing
Oct 20, 2016 Chicago-Based Marching Band and Performance Art Troupe Headlines Free Family Fun Fest on the Chicago Riverwalk
Oct 18, 2016 Millennium Park Events Top Chicago’s Wish List For Free Fun This Holiday Season
Oct 12, 2016 Chicago Cultural Center Artists In Residence and Curatorial Residency Awards Encourage Development of Diverse Arts Projects
Oct 4, 2016 Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Opens Friday, November 18
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