Neighborhood block parties are great fun and a terrific way to strengthen our community through social interaction!
Block Parties are recreational street closures for residents to hold an annual event for their street. 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 also ask that block parties not be held on Cubs games or festival weekends whenever possible – especially for those blocks in close proximity to Wrigley Field and festival grounds. Schedules can be obtained at www.cubs.com. Block Party Permits will not be issued on any arterial streets or on a bus route. They will also not be issued for more then one (1) day in succession or to close any street for a commercial purpose.
All applications and petitions must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. Please return completed applications to our office located at 3223 N. Sheffield or email a scanned copy directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: Attn: Esme – Block Party Application. Our office will forward the application to City Hall for approval and work with the Department of Streets and Sanitation to provide “No Parking” signs. It is required that the block party organizer flier cars on your block in advance of the party to inform neighbors.
Fire Engine Request Application
Please call 3-1-1 or send the completed Fire Department Request directly to the Chicago Fire Department Special Events Division. They will contact organizers directly in regards to their availability.
Jumping Jack Application
The Jumping Jack Program runs from Saturday, May 23rd through Sunday, September 6th, 2020. Submission to reserve a unit begins 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 6th, 2020. Requests are filled on a first come first served basis.
- The Jumping Jack is limited to Residential Block Parties within the city limits of Chicago
- Applicant must reside on the block where the Block Party is taking place
- Units are available on Saturday and Sundays only. The volume of requests are typically highest on Saturdays – please consider a Sunday
- If your date is unavailable and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Deanna at email@example.com