Chester is one of eleven places from across the country that are making a bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.
Chester will compete for the title against Aberdeen, Dundee, East Kent, Hastings and Bexhill on Sea, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, Southend on Sea, and Swansea Bay.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: "This is fantastic news and shows the appetite for the prestigious 'City of Culture' title is in healthy supply right across the length and breadth of the country.
"The competition brings together communities and creates economic and social benefits and I am pleased to see so many local authorities and different partners coming together. I wish all eleven the best of luck."
All eleven places have until 30 April to submit their bids. A panel will then decide on a shortlist which will be announced in June.