Chicago Moonwalks is proud to be
state inspected and fully insured.

Chicago Moonwalks is Illinois State Inspected.
We are fully insured, and can serve public and private events and parties.

If you are not sure if your event is public or private please read the
following guidelines:

Private Events
Backyard parties are private.
Most school events that take place for students only are private. A good rule of thumb is if it's an
invite only event, it's most likely private.
Public Events
Any community event is public.
A Fair or Festival is public.
Most church events are public.
If anyone walking by the event could participate, then it's most likely public.

Any person who owns or operates an amusement ride or amusement attraction at an event open to
the public without having obtained this permit to operate from the Illinois Department of Labor or who
violates any order or rule issued by the Director or Board under the Carnival & Amusement Ride
Safety Act (430 ILCS 85) is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Each day shall constitute a separate and
distinct offense (Section 2-15 of the Act). These are only a few examples and by no way a completely
inclusive list. Please call us if you have any questions.

Laws and Rules click here for the Illinois Law
Every amusement ride and amusement attraction open to the public and operating in the State of
Illinois must be inspected prior to initial operation and annually thereafter. To be inspected, every
owner must first submit a completed application packet to the Department of Labor. Once a ride or
attraction has been approved for operation by an inspector, a permit decal shall be affixed to each
ride or attraction. Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1st through December 31st).

At the time of inspection, owners are required to provide documentation that they have conducted a
criminal history records check and sex offender registry check for all operators, attendants and
assistants, provide documentation that they received proper training and have a substance abuse
policy in place, which includes random drug testing.

Examples of amusement rides and attractions that require annual safety inspections prior to operation
in the State of Illinois include, but are not limited to:

carnival rides | carousels | dry slides | haunted houses | go-kart tracks
ski lifts and rope tows | mechanical bulls | mobile & fixed site climbing walls
power trampolines and eurobungees | ride simulators | trains and trams
inflatable attractions (i.e. moonwalks or bounce houses)

From the Illinois website here are some FAQs
What if I see a ride operating in Illinois without the required permit?
You are encouraged to notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency, as well as the Illinois
Department of Labor at 217-782-9347. Any person who owns an amusement ride or amusement
attraction at a carnival or fair without having obtained a permit from the Illinois Department of Labor is
guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Each day shall constitute a separate and distinct offense (Section
2-15 of the Act). Furthermore, any person who operates an amusement ride or amusement attraction
without having obtained a permit from the Department is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed
$2,500 per violation for a first violation and not to exceed $5,000 for a second or subsequent violation.

Can I obtain a list of carnival operators registered in Illinois? Yes, a complete list is located on our
website which is updated periodically. You may also call our office at 217-782-9347.

 

 
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