A permit is required for the following types of filming and photography

  • Non-commercial use, such as engagement, wedding, or cotillion photos
  • Commercial, such as advertising, catalog photos, publications
  • Documentary
  • Web-based media
  • Student projects
    • Applicants will be required to submit proof of enrollment in an accredited school working on a class project to qualify for a student rate.


News Media Confirmation Permit

To conduct a professional journalism-based activity on park property a News Media Confirmation Permit is required.  To obtain this permit, contact the Chicago Park District Department of Communications at (312) 742-4786. 

Pricing for 2019: $35 Application Fee +

Non-Commercial Photography

$45 (per location, per date)

Student filming

$45 (per location, per date)

Still Photography

$820 (per location, per date)

Filming Level 1 (1-5)*

$295 (per location, per date)

Filming Level 2 (6-12)*

$470 (per location, per date)

Filming Level 3 (13-20)*

$1,055 (per location, per date)

Filming Level 4 (21+)*

$1,935 (per location, per date)

Insurance requirements may apply.  Additional fees apply for set-up and tear-down days.  Additional fees apply for events held in Special Event Venues.

* Numbers in parenthesis indicate the quantity of crew, talent, vendors, volunteers, etc. at a shoot.



Getting a Permit

Complete the following 2-step process to obtain a permit.

Pay non-refundable $35 Permit Application Fee now, and secure your spot in the queue:
2019 Permit Application Fee (click here)

Complete & Submit a Media Permit Application.
Note: You will be asked to include your Permit Application Fee receipt number from Step 1.
2019 Media Permit Application (click here)



If you have any additional questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions page, or call (312) 763-6710.