Permit Related COVID-19 Updates:
In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s modified Stay at Home order, the following policies are in place for Special Event Permit Applications:
March-May Events: Amendment fee waived for postponing to a later date in 2020*; cancellations result in a refund of the entire security deposit and permit rental fee.
June-July Events: Amendment fee waived for postponing to a later date in 2020*; cancellations result in a refund of the entire security deposit only.
August-December Events: Follow Amendment and Cancellation policies as listed on page 1 of the Special Event Permit Application.
*We are unable to postpone events into next year. Special Event Permit Applications for 2021 are accepted beginning Friday, November 6, 2020.
Cancellations and postponements must be done via email.
Contact us at PermitApp@ChicagoParkDistrict.com or by leaving a voicemail at (312) 763-6710 and a staff member will return your call.
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.
Note: The 2020 App Fee will be available for purchase starting November 1, 2019 at 9 am. To save some time, you can click on the app fee button above to add it to your wishlist prior to Novemmber 1. The application (step 2 above) can be started before November 1, but it can't be completed and submitted until the app fee is purchased.
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- 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.