2021 Special Event Permit Application intake begins Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9 am.

Permit Related COVID-19 Updates:

All events and the applicant’s staff working the event, including but not limited to volunteers, guests, vendors, concessionaires and exhibitors are subject to and must abide by all local, state, and federal codes, rules, regulations, ordinances, statutes, and laws including those of the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois. Below are links to the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois guidelines for Phase IV.

City of Chicago:

State of Illinois: 

For questions, contact us at PermitApp@ChicagoParkDistrict.com or leave a voicemail at (312) 763-6710 and a staff member will return your call.


Process to Get a Special Event Permit Application

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. 
Note: The $35 event permit application fee is non-refundable.

New for 2020
A new pricing structure is in effect for 2020 special event permits. View the 2020 fee schedule.

2020 EVENTS 

Step 1 - Pay the 2020 Event Permit App Fee

Step 2 - COMPLETE & SUBMIT the 2020 Special Event Permit Application



  • The Permit App Fee must be purchased (Step 1 above) first before completing and submitting an application.  When completing the application, you will be asked to include your Permit App Fee receipt number, from Step 1. 
  • 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) 763-6710.