About Gallery Creative Team Sponsors FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings.

Can I smoke inside the alley?

No smoking is allowed inside the alley. However, your hand stamp will allow you re-entry if you’d like to step outside the alley for a smoke break.

Do I have to RSVP to come?

No, you are welcome to attend even if you didn’t RSVP, but unfortunately you won’t receive a free drink ticket.

Can I bring in food & drink?

Yes, with the exception of alcoholic beverages

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to come. You may bring your kids but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We recommend that kids attend the earlier hours of the event.

Can I bring my pets?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.

What should I bring with me?

You must be prepared to show an ID. Have your RSVPs ready to redeem your free drink. You may purchase additional drink tickets at the entry (cash only).

If you bring a bag or backpack, be prepared for security to quickly search. 

We refuse the right to deny entry.

What time is last call? 

Last call for purchasing drink tickets is at 9:30pm. The bar will close promptly at 9:40pm. You must be wearing a wristband to purchase/redeem a drink ticket.