Block Parties are recreational street closures for residents to hold an annual event for their neighborhood. Residents may apply to close their stretch of a residential side street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Permits are issued by the Department of Transportation.
If this is your first time applying for a Block Party or you have not had one in the past two years, we ask that you circulate a petition among your neighbors demonstrating support for the event. A copy of this petition is included in the application packet.
We encourage you to submit your application at least 30 days in advance. This will also give you plenty of time to plan and notify residents. You can obtain “No Parking” signs at our office once the event is permitted.
You may also request that a fire engine and crew from the Chicago Fire Department come by the Block Party. A form for this request is part of the application packet. As other priorities may arise for the Chicago Fire Department, we cannot guarantee their presence even if they have confirmed their attendance.
Jumping Jacks for Block Parties are offered through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. They are offered on a first-come first-served basis and as the schedule fills up very quickly, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only original application forms are accepted so please pick one up from the 43rd Ward office once you have submitted your Block Party application.
A visit from the Fire Department to a neighborhood block party!