Special Events

Waukegan is currently in Phase 4 of the Governor JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan (https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-phase-4 ), meaning measures can be carefully lifted with social distancing policies in place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity for indoor seating, following strict public health procedures including personal protective equipment for employees.  Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted.

Special event means a planned temporary aggregation of people or attractions for a common purpose, including but not limited to, street fairs, arts and crafts shows, carnivals, circuses, rallies, public entertainments, or other similar events or attractions, that:

(1) Are conducted primarily outdoors; and

(2) Interfere with the normal flow or regulation of pedestrian or vehicular traffic; or

(3) Require special city services, may include but are not limited to: street closure; provisions of barricades; special garbage collection and removal; special parking arrangements; special electrical services; and special police services.

Before you proceed with your special event application we strongly encourage you to read and review the special event notices and the section in the ordinance relating to special events. 

Read the Special Event Requirements

Read the Special Event "Helpful Hints"

Read the Schedule of Fees

Read the Special Events and Parades Article of The City of Waukegan, IL Municipal Code (Section 15-176, et seq.).

To apply, applicants must complete an application along with the appropriate non-refundable processing fee.

Special Event Application

Event Vendor Application

Block Party

Block Party application requests are submitted to your alderman and submitted to City Council for approval. 

Block Party form submissions should be received no later than the Wednesday before the next scheduled city council meeting. The City Council meets the first and third Monday each month. You may submit your request by clicking on the link below. 

Block Party Application

Film Production

For filming in a Waukegan location, please complete the Film Production form below. 

Film Production Application

Waukegan Community Calendar of Events

View the calendar for Waukegan community events.

Community Events

Additional community event information can be found at the following links: