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Application/General Information

Download the Daley Plaza Performance Application.


Apply For Permit to Reserve Space on Daley Plaza or Lobby

Apply For Permit to Reserve Space on Daley Plaza or Lobby

Application to reserve space on Daley Plaza or Lobby.

Under The Picasso Monthly Schedule

Daley Plaza Farmers Market

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center located at 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Performances begin @ 12 Noon (schedule is subject to change)


Tuesday, October 4

National Stepper’s Society

Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime steppers party.


Wednesday, October 5

The Chosen Few

Lunchtime dance party featuring Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs.


Thursday, October 6, 13, 20 & 27Fall goods for sale at the Chicago Farmers Market

Chicago Farmers Market

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. Hours are: 7am to 3pm.


Wednesday, October 12

Hispanic Heritage Month “Song & Dance”

Enjoy folk dancers and music to celebrate the 2nd Hispanic Celebration on Daley Plaza.


Monday, October 17–21

Chicago Ideas Week

With “Portals” in Daley Plaza, you’ll have the opportunity to step into a portal outfitted with immersive, live-streaming audio-visual technology that will put you face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world. Stop by throughout week to experience curated programs with cities around the world.


Wednesday, October 19

Octoberfest House Music Lunch Jam

Come join us on your lunch break for our last house music event for 2016, with DJ Brown Sugar, DJ Emanuel and DJ Purple.

This is house music with a purpose of staying healthy in house music. Learn important health and wellness information as you get your dance on.

Produced and hosted by Madam Ambassador of House Music "Valencia "Mother Diva" Dantzler.


Photo Exhibit:

October 1–31

The National Italian American Council presents a photo exhibit highlighting Italian American history dating from World War II to the present. Photographs, documents, artistic descriptions and text explaining the history of Italian American culture will be featured.


Tuesday, November 1

National Stepper’s Society

Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime dance hour.


Wednesday, November 9

Huskie Marching Band

Northern Illinois University Huskie Marching Band will perform musical favorites on the plaza in celebration of NIU Day.


Wednesday, November 16

Marching Illini

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Marching Illini, the Nation’s Premier College Marching Band will perform musical selections featuring time-honored traditional favorites, in celebration of Illini Day in Chicago.


Wednesday, November 23

St. Andrew’s Day Celebration

Enjoy traditional and national dances of Scotland performed by the Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers in honor of St. Andrew’s Day.


Friday, November 18 – Saturday, December 24

21st Annual Christkindlmarket

Experience a traditional German Christmas at the 21st Annual Christkindlmarket, inspired by the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545. Presented by the German American Services, Inc., this outdoor market offers exquisite handmade gifts, unique ornaments, rare European fabrics and textiles and the opportunity to devour-German delicacies like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, cookies and Gluhwein (a warm spiced wine). For Christkindlmarket hours, visit www.christkindlmarket.com