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Accepting submissions from artists & cultural organizations for 2023 Night Out in the Parks season.
Accepting submissions from artists & cultural organizations for 2023 Night Out in the Parks season.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Online submissions accepted through December 11, 2022; 
Chicago Onscreen Local Film Festival accepting entries through November 27, 2022

Calling all local arts performers, collectives, and organizations, the Chicago Park District is looking to partner with Chicago-based organizations and individual artists to be a part of the 11th season of the Night Out in the Parks cultural and arts event series. Applicants should apply at www.nightoutintheparks.com by December 11, 2022. The 2023 Night Out in the Parks season will run from June 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. 

Night Out in the Parks seeks to continue to discover partners that find creative ways to celebrate art, nature and the great outdoors, highlight the parks’ historic and natural assets through site-inspired pieces, and engage patrons in the arts through their incredible programming and community engagement. Projects have varied from traditional musical performances to hands-on workshops, nature-based programs, interactive dance, and there is always a place for new and creative concepts. 

In its 11th year, the Chicago Park District is spotlighting Chicago’s multi-disciplinary performances and events, as well as the Queering the Parks (QTP) initiative. QTP seeks to uplift Chicago’s diverse culture and LGBTQIA+ community through playful activations and all-inclusive events in parks across the city.  

In addition, the Night Out in the Parks initiative will seek out proposals that highlight the great outdoors and the natural areas, flora, fauna, scientific practice and artistic inspiration in our parks. Experiential, walk-through, installation-based and roaming performances will also be given unique consideration in 2023. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is a proud partner and a primary funder of this year-round, citywide initiative.

“In 2022, Night Out in the Parks returned to a full season of in-person cultural events and spotlighted over 750 events and 120 Chicago-based artists in 250 parks citywide,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO, Rosa Escareño. “We are proud to continue to active parks through this citywide initiative, and look forward to 10 more years of bringing free, accessible, family-friendly events to Chicago's 77 neighborhoods.” 

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);
  • Program/event must be offered to the community for free, follow the local, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines, and be accessible and inclusive;
  • Partners must commit to commit to building a relationship with the park;
  • 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, 2023.

Non-profit status is not a requirement for interested participants. Eligible Chicago-based arts organizations and artists can apply at www.nightoutintheparks.com. All proposals are due by 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 11, 2022. 

The Chicago Park District’s Chicago Onscreen Local Film Festival is also seeking proposals from interested filmmakers to apply for the celebratory 10th season of the movie showcase. Qualifying entries must be submitted by Sunday, November 27, 2022 to www.chicagoonscreen.com/submissions.

Chicago Onscreen supports and highlights the Chicago filmmaking community with free, public screenings of Chicago-made and locally-focused films in Chicago parks. Filmmakers of all ages, skill level and professional experience are encouraged to submit work for consideration. Selected films will be screened in outdoor screenings in local parks from August 28, 2023 to September 2, 2023.

Over nine seasons, Chicago Onscreen has screened more than 145 local films in dozens of parks for thousands of audience members across the city – bringing Chicago’s hometown talent face to face with movie lovers in every neighborhood. All selected films will receive an honorarium up to $500 in addition to the public screenings.