History

The Richard J. Daley Center was originally known as the Chicago Civic Center.  Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, the Daley Center was Chicago’s first major public building to be constructed in a modern rather than a classical architectural style. For more information, click here.

Private Events

The Daley Center Plaza is available for private events, such as weddings, festivals, and corporate functions, in addition to civic and cultural events. We accept applications for use of the plaza on a first come, first serve basis. Applications must be received by the Special Events Coordinator no later than 30 days prior to an event. Click here for more information on our events.

Noontime Events

The Richard J. Daley Center offers free cultural programming for visitors throughout the year that take place every weekday from 12-1pm. These performances include singing, dancing, flag raisings, cultural ceremonies, and so much more. To apply for a noontime event or to see what events are coming up, click here for more information.

Filming

The Daley Center facilities have seen helicopter landings, armored tanks, police chases, bus crashes, gun-wielding criminals and elderly characters hogging the pay phones. However, every movie that has been filmed in our facilities has the cast and crew of The Blues Brothers to thank for opening the door for them. For more information on filming at The Daley Center, click here.

Directory

The Daley Center has a variety of tenants in our building. For more details, please click here.

 

While we were unable to continue many of our Memorial Day traditions this year, the City of Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Brigadier General Mark C. Jackson, Gold Star Mother Modie Lavin and First Lady Amy Eshelman paused to continue one very special tradition, and that is the laying of a wreath at the eternal flame. To watch the full wreath laying ceremony, please visit the Daley Center’s Facebook page. ...

Though we may not be able to honor the fallen and usher in summer weather in the ways we would like, we can still take time this Memorial Day to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S Military. This Memorial Day, take a moment to think of those who have lost their lives to protect America. #veterans #MemorialDay #honorthefallen ...

We are a day late with this post but wanted to make sure we shared our gratitude for first responders. The Daley Center is proud to see Chicago’s buildings lit up red in honor of paramedics, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and the many other first responders protecting us during this pandemic. We thank you all! ...

The fountain has been restored at Daley Plaza!! It’s giving us hope on this rainy Monday morning that warmer weather is right around the corner 🙌🏼☀️🌷
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For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This March 8th, the Richard J. Daley Center is happy to support #EachforEqual, a campaign to challenge gender-based stereotypes and biases. In 2020, women still aren’t paid equally to male counterparts and are underrepresented in politics and boardrooms. We firmly believe that gender equality is essential for communities to thrive. #IWD2020 ...

100 years ago, women fought and won the right to vote across the nation. In honor of the 19th Amendment and National Women’s History Month, the Richard J. Daley Center joins with the @nationalwomenshistoryalliance in honoring the women of the suffrage movement, like Chicago’s own Ida B. Wells and Jane Addams. #Hereliesasuffrage #forwardtogether #womanssuffragehistory #womenshistorymonth ...

For Black History Month, Richard J. Daley Center celebrates that Black history is Chicago’s history! From Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the first non-Native American settler in Chicago, to astronaut Mae Jemison, Black Chicagoans have raised the Windy City to prominence. And since 2020 is an election year, we’re also celebrating the constitutional amendments that forged a path to voting for Black Americans - 2020 is the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. #MBRECelebrates #BlackHistoryMonth ...

Active Transportation Alliance is celebrating the year round bike commuters who ride rain or shine (or snow)!! If you are one of those people... we applaud you👏🏼🚴🏼‍♂️⛈☀️❄️
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Newly engaged and looking for a beautiful venue for your special day? Look no further than Daley Plaza! With its historic background, amazing city views, and close proximity to hotels & transportation, it is the PERFECT wedding destination. Visit our website for more information today✨💍
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The Richard J. Daley Center wishes you and your family a happy holiday season✨ ...

Today’s noontime performance featured the non-profit organization Harmony, Hope, & Healing. They support women, men, and children as they heal from traumas associated with homelessness, incarceration, addiction, and isolation. The Daley Center is proud to host such a meaningful organization!
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‘Tis the season for holiday concerts at the Daley Center 🎤💃🏼 #falalalala
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It was a beautiful day for stuffed pretzels, ornament shopping, & hot cocoa🎄 @thechristkindlmarket .
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As we look back on all of the successful events that took place at Daley Plaza in 2019, we can’t help but get excited for what is to come in 2020! We are now accepting applications for the new year and can’t wait to help you with your next event. For more info, visit the website linked in our bio!
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The CCC (Clerk of the Circuit Court) Ensemble sang their hearts out today! Thanks for a great performance and a cheerful afternoon ✨🎤
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The Albanian-American Community of Illinois held a beautiful flag raising ceremony on the Plaza in honor of Albanian Independence Day!
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The Daley Center is currently accepting applications for 2020 events on the Plaza! With its beautiful history and scenic background, it is the perfect destination for weddings, corporate functions, cultural/civic events, and more. Visit our website for more information!
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@thechristkindlmarket is officially open at Daley Plaza! Enjoy delicious international food, spiced wine, shopping, and holiday spirit with friends + family✨ P.S. Don’t forget to collect this year’s souvenir mug!
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Did you catch the smooth criminal? Michael Jackson- The Live Experience here today at the #daleycenter . Someone check on Annie! #kingofpop #thriller #daleyplaza ...

@nadiyascupcakes here today at @chicagocitymarkets until 2pm!! Come down to the #daleyplaza and try their Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich! #cupcakes #farmersmarket ...

@phoenixbeantofu here today participating in @chicagocitymarkets until 2pm! Come try their smoked five-spice #tofu or fried tofu puffs! #daleyplaza #phoenixbeantofu #farmersmarket ...