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ACTIVATE is back in 2018!

Experience the (EVO)lution of the Loop's most unexpected spaces with the muse, EVO, as your guide. Join the Chicago Loop Alliance and artistic curators Canvas Chicago for ACTIVATE 2018: a series of four celebratory summer nights inspired by Chicago's modern-day creative renaissance. Experience interactive engagements, artistic installations, live music, and unexpected adventures.

More details and locations for each event will be announced as the dates draw near. Events are free and open to the public. RSVP in advance for a free drink ticket (21+).

August 16 // 5-10pm


September 13 // 5-10pm



ACTIVATE is a series of pop-up arts programs that encourage visitors to see the Loop anew. The event series transforms alleys and other urban locations into creative exhibition spaces that bring artists and the public together for an evening of exploration, interaction and celebration of the arts. Chicago Loop Alliance launched the placemaking initiative in 2014, making the 2018 season its fifth annual.

About ACTIVATE (Evo)lution

"(EVO)lution" refers to EVO, a fictional muse representing all of the artistic intentions in Chicago that lead to the continuous evolution of the city's modern-day arts and culture. EVO is able to open portals to parallel universes, so each ACTIVATE event will see a location in the Loop transformed, with attendees transported to an alternate version of the same space. ACTIVATE - (EVO)lotion is curated by Canvas Chicago.