Block Parties are recreational street closures for residents to hold an annual event for their neighborhood.  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 encourage you to submit your application at least 30 days in advance.  This will also give you plenty of time to plan and notify residents.  Our office can supply “No Parking” signs once the event is permitted.  Barricades and a popcorn machine are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Please confirm with the 32nd Ward office regarding availability.  You will need to arrange pick-up and drop-off of these items.

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 us 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 Jacks for Block Parties are offered through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. It is offered on a first-come first-served basis and as the schedule fills up very quickly, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Only original application forms are accepted so please pick one up from the 32nd Ward office or call a staff member to fill one out for you once you have submitted your Block Party application.

Occasionally, various children’s programs become available for Block Parties.  We will post notice and notify you if your party falls within the dates a program is offered.

Further information is available in the 2016 Block Party Application and the City of Chicago Jumping Jack Program Information.

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