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Artists can apply through midnight, Friday, December 14, 2018. 
Artists can apply through midnight, Friday, December 14, 2018. Photo: Chicago Park District

Online submissions will be accepted through December 14, 2018

Calling all local arts performers and community organizations, the Chicago Park District is looking to partner with Chicago-based organizations and talented individual artists to be a part of the 7th edition of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks cultural and arts programming event series. Applicants should apply at

“Night Out in the Parks has provided a platform for more than 120 arts and community organizations each year to showcase their work as part of this successful year-round, city-wide initiative,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly. “In 2019, we aim to continue to foster creativity and cultural celebration in Chicago’s 77 community areas by hosting over 1,000 varied, free cultural events in our neighborhood parks.” 

Projects have varied from traditional performances and concerts to community workshops, nature-based programs, interactive dance, festivals, and more. Still, there is always a place for new and creative concepts in Night Out in the Parks.

Night Out in the Parks seeks to continue to uncover partners that find creative ways to celebrate nature and the great outdoors, highlight the parks’ historic and natural assets through site inspired pieces, and engage youth in the arts through their incredible programming and community engagement. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are designating 2019 as the “Year of Theater.” The Night Out in the Parks initiative will support the campaign by seeking out performance opportunities for youth citywide. DCASE is a proud partner and a primary funder of this year-round, city-wide initiative.

To be eligible to participate in the free, city-wide event series, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Be a Chicago-based organization or artist (residency within the city of Chicago);
Organizations must have $1 million general liability insurance naming the Chicago Park District an additional insured for all events. 

Have the ability to travel to and from a scheduled park with all equipment, performers and staff.
Be able to confirm a performance schedule by mid-March, if selected.

Non-profit status is not a requirement for interested participants. Eligible neighborhood arts organizations and artists can apply at All proposals are due by midnight, Friday, December 14, 2018.