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Online submissions will be accepted through December 10, 2019

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 8th edition of the Mayor’s Night Out in the Parks cultural and arts programming event series. Applicants should apply at

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Chicago’s robust music scene are designating 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music.” In addition to music, the Chicago Park District is spotlighting For the Love of Nature and Queering the Parks, a youth-centered committee of stakeholders that will work in conjunction with Night Out in the Parks collaborators to craft all-inclusive events in parks across the city.  The Night Out in the Parks initiative will support the campaign by seeking out performance opportunities for artists featuring music, highlighting youth artists citywide. DCASE is a proud partner and a primary funder of this year-round, city-wide initiative.

“Night Out in the Parks has provided a platform for around 150 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 2020, we aim to continue to foster creativity and inclusive, cultural celebration in Chicago’s 77 community areas by hosting over 2,000 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. 

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.
  • NOITP events where artists have physical interactions with the general public are subject to fingerprint clearance/background check.
  • Must be flexible in terms of scheduling.  NOITP events may happen seven days a week, mostly in the evening. Due to the outdoor venues, there may be a need to reschedule events. 
  • If selected, you must confirm a performance schedule by mid-March, 2019.

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 10, 2019. 


Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks 
In 2013, the Chicago Park District (CPD), with support from the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), launched a summer series of over 750 cultural events and programs in over 230 parks citywide entitled Night Out in the Parks (NOITP). Over the past seven years, NOITP expanded to over 2,000 cultural events across Chicago year-round. Projects have varied from traditional performances and concerts, to peace rallies, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, visual arts, and more.