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Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events
Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events

Chicago’s First Poet Laureate, NYC Drag Performer To Appear At Printers Row Lit Fest

Now in its 38th year, the fest will feature over 100 booksellers and exhibitors, author talks, a children’s parade and more.

Arts & Culture

Sorry, Tourists: The Bean Temporarily Closing To Public Due To Millennium Park Construction Work

Work on the plaza surrounding The Bean will limit public viewing of the sculpture until the spring.


Northwest Siders Can Weigh In On Design Of Their Neighborhoods At Humboldt Park Block Party Saturday

Mobile Makers will host Maker, Tinker, Thinker near the Kimball Arts Center. The event invites neighbors to "imagine what welcoming environments look like within their own community," a city official said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago Is Looking For Its First Poet Laureate

Written and spoken word poets can be nominated until Jan. 18


South Shore Artist Dorian Sylvain Bringing Huge Afrocentric Mural To Auburn Gresham’s 79th Street

The mural aims to capture the essence of Auburn Gresham, and neighbors can pitch in to help on a July 23 community day.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

After Brutal 18 Months For Artists, City Giving Arts And Culture Programs $26 Million Boost: ‘It’s A Pretty Big Deal’

Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events since 2016, is retiring next month — but not before making a huge announcement on arts funding.


West Side Drumline, Dancers Performing At Lollapalooza: ‘A Lot Of Us Have Talent That Has Yet To Be Discovered’

BandWith Chicago’s WestDance Team and Hope Jr. Drumline will open the Bud Light Seltzer stage at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Austin Town Hall Farmers Market Returns Thursday With Extended Season, More Vendors

The farmers market at 5610 W. Lake St. is expanding after a strong showing last summer, with more vendors and more market days.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘Room Rodeo,’ A Chicago Student’s Film On Black Cowboys, Snags City Grant — And You Can See It Next Week

The short film blending drama and documentary features interviews with South Shore bull rider Aaron Baxter and Chicago cowboy Murdock, The Man With No First Name.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

57th Street Art Fair Will Be Held In Person This Summer — If The City Allows It

Organizers are optimistic the festival — which has gotten Hyde Parkers "out of hibernation" and into their Chicago summers for decades — can be held in person this year.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘What’s Said Here, Stays Here.’ Work Of The Committee That Identified 41 Public Monuments For Possible Removal Remains Opaque

A committee formed by Lightfoot concluded statues of Columbus, Washington, Lincoln and others should be reviewed, but City Hall isn’t releasing many details about how those decisions came to be because it says the committee isn’t a public body.


With Coronavirus Canceling Major Events And Festivals, City Officials Grapple With How To Fund The Arts

The city's special events department is facing big budget cuts in 2021 because of the pandemic's effect on tourism dollars. Some aldermen are demanding city leaders find more arts funding.


Austin City Market Extended After Successful Summer That Saw Three Times The Normal Traffic

The market helps provide affordable and healthy food access to residents in an area with few grocery stores.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Andersonville ‘Movie In The Park-ing Lot’ Called Off After City Says Patrons Must Attend In Cars, Organizers Say

The movies in the parking lot behind Cheetah Gym were intended to be fundraisers for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park