Cultural Affairs and Special Events

In February 2012, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) launched an exciting initiative to develop a cultural plan for Chicago. The plan created a framework to guide the city’s future cultural and economic growth.

The 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan will be the centerpiece to continue to elevate the City as a global destination for creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts. The focus of the project helped further build on Chicago’s vast cultural assets and vibrant community, established through the collaborative partnerships formed with the public and private sectors and civic community. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy.

This Includes:
1.  Fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; 
2.  Providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; 
3.  Marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and 
4.  Presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

DCASE produces nearly 2,000 public programs, events and support services annually, generating millions in economic benefits for the City of Chicago. For more information visit


The Chicago Cultural Plan includes an idea for a Museum Campus deeper on the South Side, similar to the one that connects the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The “Museum Campus South” would connect the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) with the DuSable Museum of African-American History.

Unlike the three museums just south of downtown, the MSI and the DuSable Museum are more than a mile apart. But they are already connected indirectly by the Midway Plaisance, a ribbon of green space that links Jackson Park with Washington Park adjacent to the University of Chicago campus.

Additionally, proposals also included a permanent festival site for large city-sponsored festivals, with permanent booths for vendors, indoor and outdoor facilities, and year-round programs.

For more details, visit the website or follow @ChiCulturalPlan on Twitter.