DCASE Markets and Neighborhood Programs
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Markets and Neighborhood Programs

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.

Alerts (Markets and Neighborhood Programs)

High Alert Sep 23, 2016 Top 3 Chicago markets this fall

Most Recent News (Markets and Neighborhood Programs)

Apr 7, 2016 Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago Tradition, Steeped in History and Stocked with Bargains—and Serious Eats
Apr 7, 2016 Chicago’s 2016 Farmers Market Program Provides Residents the Opportunity to Purchase Healthy, Fresh and Local Products this Season
May 4, 2015 Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition, steeped in history and stocked with bargains—and serious eats
May 4, 2015 The Season Has Arrived For Chicago Farmers Markets
Oct 17, 2014 Chicago Wins Grant to Support Farmers Markets in Food Deserts

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Supporting Information

Farmers Markets

Farmers Market VendorChicago's Farmers Markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to over 20 neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago.

Visit the Farmers Market website

Maxwell Street Market

Maxwell Street MarketThe Maxwell Street Market is an open air market located in the near west side of Chicago, where you can find bargains and vendors bargaining with an international flavor.

Apply to be a vendor at Maxwell Street Market

Apply to Perform at Maxwell Street Market

Visit the Maxwell Street Market website


Neighborhood Festivals

Neighboorhood FestivalsThe 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)

2016 Special Events Resource Guide (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.

Jumping Jack Program

Jumping Jack ProgramEach 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.


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