City To Not Issue Block Party Permits Through May 31

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Block parties have long been a staple of summer in Chicago, but no permits are being issued at this point due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chicago Department of Transportation issues the permits because of street closures, and in a letter to aldermen from CDOT First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Carney said "all block party permits will not be issued through May 31."

This means no block parties for Memorial Day weekend.

The announcement comes in response to recommendations from the CDC and the guidance of city and state officials to avoid non-essential gatherings and any gatherings larger than 10 individuals.

He said plans moving forward for the summer programming and events, including block parties remain under discussion. CDOT will continue to work closely with the Mayor's Office and public health officials, both locally and at the state level to adopt protocols based on the recommendations and guidance provided to keep our residents safe.