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Block Party

Interested in planning a block party? Please fill out the Block Party Application. This application must be completed and returned to the Highland Park Police Department 21 days prior to your block party.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Highland Park Police Department at 847.432.7730.

In the Bridge Phase, Illinoisans may resume activities that were previously limited in scope or not permitted. This includes block parties and garage sales. In keeping with State of Illinois guidance on gatherings, block parties may resume with social distancing guidelines in effect and maximum attendance of 100 individuals.

Please be sure to review the public health guidelines issued by the State of Illinois before hosting these events. Several frequently asked questions regarding block parties appear below; if your question is not answered, please email us at

What is the maximum number of individuals permitted to gather in groups?
Gatherings are limited to 100 individuals or fewer, including children.

What health & safety guidelines should be followed when hosting a block party?
For any event attended by individuals from different households, remind all guests to keep a six-foot distance from others, wear a face covering if not vaccinated, and wash/sanitize hands frequently. Block party attendance is limited to 100 individuals or fewer. If food will be served, avoid family-style or buffet service where possible, and encourage families to bring their own water and treats. While the State of Illinois permits buffet-style self-service dining to resume, guidelines for safe buffet/self-service dining are strict. Remind guests not to attend if they feel unwell or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19.

What information must be submitted as part of a block party application?
The block party application must be completed and returned to the Highland Park Police Department 21 days prior to the block party. Questions may be directed to 847.432.7730. Information required to complete the block party application includes:

  • Contact information for the designated person-in-charge, who must be at least 21 years of age or older. A phone number that will be manned throughout the party must be provided.
  • Date, time, and location of block party.
  • Signatures of at least one resident (ages 21 or older) from at least 75% of homes affected by the road closure indicating that they have been invited to or have no objections to the block party.
  • The application also includes notice of the City of Highland Park's Ordinance Pertaining to Noise.

Is the Fire Department able to visit block parties?
At this time, due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Fire Department is unable to visit block parties. Your kind understanding is appreciated.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fire Department is unable to attend block parties until further notice.* 
Request the Fire Department at your Block Party
The Highland Park Fire Department will frequently take a fire engine or ambulance out to area neighborhood block parties or special events at various businesses or organizations. These events offer individuals the opportunity to check out some of the equipment up close and ask questions of the personnel that comes out.

The Fire Department's availability is subject to any emergency responses. To schedule a block party or special event, call the station at 847.433.3110.