The Chicago Park District currently seeks proposals from Chicago-based organizations, collectives and individual artists to participate in the 2020 Night Out in the Parks initiative. The 2020 Night Out in the Parks season programs from May 01, 2020 - December 31, 2020.

What Is Night Out in the Parks?
In 2013, the Chicago Park District, with support from the City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), launched Night Out in the Parks, a series of over 750 cultural events and programs in over 230 parks citywide. Over the past 7 years, NOITP has expanded to over 2,000 cultural events across Chicago each summer. Projects have varied from traditional performances and concerts, to community workshops, nature-based programs, festivals, and more.

What Is Night Out in the Parks' Mission?
Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan, a framework guide established in 2012, for the city’s future cultural and economic growth.
Through Night Out in the Parks, the Chicago Park District serves as a hub for community building activities citywide and seeks to partner with organizations and individual artists who have a vested interest in audience engagement and neighborhood-based programming.

What Are the Goals of Night Out in the Parks?

  1. To provide world class entertainment to every neighborhood in Chicago 
  2. To provide all Chicagoans the opportunity to experience arts performances and events in their neighborhood parks 
  3. To put into action the City’s Cultural Plan by supporting Chicago-based artists with new audiences and paid opportunities 
  4. To use the arts as strategy - achieving the overall goals of increasing Chicago parks’ utilization, safety and community engagement 


What Are the Requirements to Apply for Night Out in the Parks?

  • You must be a Chicago-based organization or individual (Residency within the city of Chicago).
  • Organizations are required to have $1 million general liability insurance naming the Chicago Park District an additional insured for all events (This may not apply to individual artists).
  • NOITP events where artists have physical interactions with the general public are subject to fingerprint clearance/background check.
  • You must be flexible in terms of travel. You must be able provide your own transportation to your scheduled park events with all equipment, performers and staff. 
  • You must be flexible in terms of scheduling.  NOITP events may happen seven days a week, mostly in the evening. Due to the outdoor venues, there may be a need to reschedule events. (You will have a CPD staff liaison who will work on scheduling and, if needed, rescheduling). 
  • If selected, you must confirm a performance schedule by mid-March, 2019.

 NOTE: You do not need to be a not-for-profit organization to be considered.

How Will My Night Out in the Parks Proposal Be Evaluated?
The Chicago Park District will accept submissions for the 2020 Night Out in the Park season from Friday, November 01, 2019 to Tuesday, December 10, 2019. All submitted proposals will be evaluated by a selection panel, and a final program of official selections will be featured as part of the 2020 Night Out in the Parks season.
The following criteria will be weighed heavily when evaluating proposals:  

  • Programmatic Excellence with specific consideration of performing in Alternative Arts Venues and providing specific Neighborhood-based Programming
  • Commitment to Community Outreach with thorough Marketing Strategy that will engage Chicago communities 
  • Professionalism & Self-Sufficiency of the potential partner organization/ individual with an Affordable Budget that is fair and accurate to the services being provided


Email any questions about the Night Out in the Parks submissions process to
For those interested in learning more about the Call For Proposals application process, an Information Session will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 (5:30 - 7:00 pm) at Mandrake Park, 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave. To register, please visit

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