Special Event Permit Application Process

A special event permit application is required for events hosted in all Chicago parks.
Applications are only available online through the following two-step process.


Pay non-refundable $35 Permit Application Fee now, and secure your spot in the queue:

2016 Event (click here)

2017 Event (click here)
NOTE:  FOR 2017 EVENTS - applications will be taken beginning November 4, 2016 at 9 a.m.  You can add it to your wish list now to save time when paying on November 4.


Complete & Submit a Special Event Permit Application:

2016 Special Event Permit Application (click here)

2017 Special Event Permit Application (click here)
NOTE:  FOR 2017 EVENTS - you can fill out most of the application in advance to save you time when submitting your application on November 4.   You will be asked to include your Permit Application Fee receipt number, from Step 1.

IMPORTANT:  Site plans are required for all events, a route map with step-off times is required for all runs/walks.  Applications won’t be assessed until a site plan and route map (if needed) are sent.


Application form is best viewed in Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers.

View our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about this process.

For any other questions, please call us at 312.742.5369.