About Block Parties
Block Parties are recreational street closures for residents to hold an annual event for their neighborhood. In order to hold a block party, you must obtain a permit from the Department of Transportation to close your street. Street closures can occur from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on the day of your event. Applications can be obtained from our office. Once the application is completed. please return it to our office for processing. We encourage you to submit your application at least 30 days in advance.
If this is your first time applying for a block party, our office asks that you communicate with your neighbors for support of the event. A house meeting to discuss dates & times is also highly recommended.
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. The Police Department may also be able to provide a canine unit or mounted police for your event. Please let our office know if you would like for the Alderman to make a request for either. As other priorities may arise for the canine unit and mounted police, we cannot guarantee their presence even if they have confirmed their attendance.
Jumping Jack Application
As of April 13, 2016, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced that the Jumping Jack application will now be an online process. Applications will no longer be accepted in paper form, email, or fax. You can access the Jumping Jack application on the City of Chicago’s website. The Jumping Jack Program only operates on Saturdays and Sundays from May 28th through August 28th.
Garage, Yard & Apartment Sale Permit, Sanitation
As of October 1, 1996, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring such permits to guard against seemingly perpetual yard sales that actually were serving as unlicensed retail operations in residential neighborhoods. The ordinance limits each household to two per calendar year, unless a third sale is needed because the applicant is moving permanently from their residence.
All such sales are limited in duration to three consecutive days between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. In case of rain, the sale can be held during the next three days after the permit period, but is still limited to three total days. If more than one household is joining in a single sale, each household needs its own permit even if the sale is at the address of only one participating household.
The ordinance specifically prohibits advertising these sales with signs posted anywhere except on the property where the sale is taking place. Violators face fines ranging from $50 to $500 with each day representing a separate offense.
Charitable organizations, churches, and schools are exempt from the ordinance. To get your permit, complete the attached application form and mail it at least two weeks prior to the starting date.
There is no fee for obtaining these permits. For more information, call my office at 773-286-4545 or email: Ward45@citychicago.org.