Chicago Park District Permits!

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Some of Big City Bride’s favorite Chicago venues are Chicago Park District Venues such as, The Tiffany Celebration Garden, Promontory Point, and Columbus Park Refectory. The Chicago Park District made some new improvements to their permit process, which makes applying for a permit even easier! Your favorite Chicago wedding planners have the latest scoop on how to apply for a Special Event Permit! Just follow the steps below to get your Special Event Permit.

  • The Chicago Park District is allowing more time to plan your event! Before you had to apply by January 1 but now you can apply by November 1 the year prior for all locations. Mark your calendar that applications will be available by 9:00am on November 1!
  • To prepare for the event permit, you must visit this link: www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-and-rentals/ . Between October 25-October 31, 2013 login and add “Permit Application Fee 2014” to your wish list, in order to check out on November 1, 2013.
  • You don’t have to wait in line! The Chicago Park District has moved to  using all electronic submissions! You can just submit your form online without a hassle. All you need to do is purchase the non-refundable $35 permit application fee and you can start filling out Special Event Permit Applications.
  • Prior to your submission, complete the Special Event Permit Application after you have purchased the Permit Application Fee. You’ll need the receipt number from that purchase to complete the Special Event Permit Application.

After you have applied for your permit, it will take up to several weeks for the Chicago Park District to review all permits and determine who gets approved. If you apply early, you have a better chance at being approved but your favorite Chicago wedding planner suggests having a backup plan just in case!