What Is Night Out in the Parks (NOITP)?

Since its inception in 2013, Night Out in the Parks has provided thousands of hours of safe, diverse, and unique arts programming where artists and audiences can connect and celebrate Chicago’s rich cultural tapestry in neighborhood parks.

With generous support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as well as support from additional local funders, NOITP produces free cultural events annually in all 77 community areas of Chicago. 

Through multiple disciplines:  theater, music, movies, dance, site-specific work, nature programs, and community festivals, the Chicago Park District brings high-caliber performances and world-class cultural events into our parks.

Night Out in the Parks draws upon the expertise of community members and park staff, as well as arts programmers and cultural producers to curate work that reflects the lives and experiences of Chicago’s citizens. Collectively we strive to curate a season of partnerships that enhance quality of life across Chicago by amplifying artistic and cultural vibrancy in every neighborhood.  Our programs aim to support artists, facilitate community-based partnerships and programs, cultivate civic engagement, and ensure equity in access to the arts for all Chicagoans.


What Are the Goals of Night Out in the Parks?

  • To ensure that every Chicago neighborhood has access to quality arts and cultural programming that reflects Chicago’s robust cultural landscape.
  • To provide all Chicagoans the opportunity to experience cultural events and celebrate local artists in their neighborhood parks.
  • To support Chicago-based artists with new audiences, resources, and opportunities to grow.
  • To increase Chicago parks’ utilization, safety, and community connectivity through the arts.

The Chicago Park District has partnered with the local arts and community organizations listed below for Night Out in the Parks 2022.

Learn more about the Night Out in the Parks Proposal process:  Night Out in the Parks Proposal Process


Best Safety Practices

We are excited to bring free cultural events back to our parks, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep you and your neighbors safe and healthy in our parks. 

Health & Safetey Guidelines - Night Out in the Parks & Movies in the Parks

To protect yourself, others and our parks, all performances/events will continue to follow:

Adherence to state, local, and federal COVID safety guidelines
As a program of the Chicago Park District, which is a sister agency of the City of Chicago, we are dedicated to not only upholding the safety measures put in place via our local, state, and federal safety teams, but strive to model those best practices for audiences and community members in our programming and processes. For the latest guidance please review: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/latest-guidance.html 

While not required, patrons, artists, and park staff are encouraged to:

  • Wear Masks and Face Coverings
  • Practice Safe Physical Distancing
  • Self-Monitor for Symptoms
  • Wash Hands and Sanitize
  • Practice Courtesy

Following simple steps to keep yourself and others healthy is a common courtesy for performers, park staff, and your fellow audience members. Parks are for everyone, and we want to make sure everyone in our spaces feel comfortable, safe and have a positive experience in the parks. 


2022 Partners