Special Events

Special Events Permit

All outdoor events held on City property, such as sidewalks, alley, street, or parkway and/or deemed to significantly impact the city are considered special events.

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

Any organization wishing to conduct a special event involving public property such as a festival, parade, or athletic event in Waukegan must apply for a special event permit.

To apply, applicants must complete an application along with the appropriate non-refundable processing fee, and submit to: 

City of Waukegan
City Clerk's Office – First Floor
100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

Applications must be submitted at least thirty (30) calendar days prior if you are seeking approval for use of public property or city owned spaces.

Please return soon for the 2020 Special Event Application to be published on this page.

Applications for the calendar year will be accepted beginning January 1st for Governmental entities and February 1st for the public. Applications will only be accepted through September 30th. Applications will not be accepted October 1st through December 31st. If the event is to take place in January or February, the application must be file no earlier than one year prior to the event.

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: