Block Party Permits

Following recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of City and State officials to avoid non-essential gatherings and any gatherings larger than 50 individuals, CDOT has re-evaluated the policy on the acceptance of block party applications and have issued the following:

Block Party permits will not be issued through December 31, 2020.  All permits that have been issued on July 1st and 2nd will be revoked.

Please note plans for summer programming and events including block parties remain under discussion. CDOT will continue to work closely with the Mayor’s Office and Public Health officials both locally and at the State level to adopt protocols based on the recommendations and guidance provided to keep our residents safe.

Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.

Block Party

For a Block Party Permit to be approved and issued by the Chicago Department of Transportation the permit request must be entered by the Aldermanic Office in which the block party is taking place in.

Below you will find information to assist you in preparing for your upcoming block party. Additionally, you can also request a Jumping Jack Castle and a Chicago Fire Truck which can only be requested for Approved Permitted Block Parties. Requesting a Block Party Permit to close a street for the purpose of holding a neighborhood party can be accomplished by:

A resident can fill out the permit request form and bring it to the 40th Ward Office. Staff will be more than happy to assist you with processing the permit. If you have no way to print the form, we can help you with that also. Note: Please bring proof of residency with you.

Please read all the rules for requesting a Block Party Permit, Jumping Jack Castle and Chicago Fire Truck. It is important that you read all the limitations so you can plan your event accordingly and have a firm understanding to foster a successful event.

Rules Regarding Block Party Permits Requests

  1. Requests for Block Party Permits from the Aldermanic Offices must be received by the Department of Transportation within three (3) business days prior to event to insure the permit is issued for the event. Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Block Party Permits will not be issued on any Federal Aid Urban Streets (i.e., arterial streets) or on a bus route.
  3. Block Party Permits will not be issued for more than one (1) day in succession or to close any street for a commercial purpose.
  4. A block party permit will only be issued for a single block (intersection to intersection).
  5. Access to any parking spaces controlled by meters or pay boxes must be maintained at all times.
  6. In addition to the rules listed above, Block Party Permit requests may be denied by the Department of Transportation for the following reasons:
    1. Incomplete application (missing information)
    2. Traffic control issues
    3. Issues related to other permits issued in the vicinity of the event
    4. Public safety concerns

The following guidelines must be followed:

  • Block parties are public events; permits will not be issued for personal events
  • Streets cannot be blocked prior to 8am and must be reopened by 10pm
  • The city does not provide services such as street cleaning and barricades
  • No alcohol or drug use on the public way
Jumping Jack Program

Jumping Jack Program

Each year, the Jumping Jack delights children across Chicago. This inflatable playground, provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is available for free, all summer long.

  • The Jumping Jack is limited to Residential Block Parties within the city limits of Chicago
    Saturday and Sundays only, limited availability, volume of request typically highest on Saturdays – consider a Sunda
  • Applications are available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • If your date is unavailable and you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Deanna at
  • The Jumping Jack Program runs from Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 1, 2019
  • Applications for the 2019 program will be accepted beginning at 9am on Monday, April 15, 2019
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