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Chicago Loop Alliance announces lineup for free, open to the public July 18 Sundays on State event

Posted  19 months ago

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CHICAGO—Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing the lineup for the July 18 Sundays on State event, taking place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on State Street from Lake to Madison. Sundays on State is an ambitious open streets project that is free and open to the public. The first event was on July 11, and subsequent events will take place on July 25, Aug. 8, 22 and 29 and Sept. 5 and 12. Note that there will be no events on Aug. 1 or 15. Those who register to attend Sundays on State at LoopChicago.com/Sundays will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $1,000 Loop staycation package.

The July 18 Sundays on State event will feature more than 80 on-street activations throughout the day. These activations were submitted by community members and organizations from all over the Chicagoland area. July 18 will feature the following list of activations, plus even more surprises. The event’s schedule, participants and acts are subject to change. Visit LoopChicago.com/Sundays for the most up-to-date details.

Performance Schedule – Lake-Randolph

  • 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. open dance cypher
  • 11 a.m. DJ sets by Moz Definite, Illanoiz, Shon Roka and E Double
  • 12 p.m. Freakeasy
  • 12:30 p.m. Microphone Misfitz and DJ sets with break dancers
  • 2:30 p.m. Ang 13 and Lyrisis
  • 2:45 p.m. DJ sets by Moz Definite, Illanoiz, Shon Roka and E Double
  • 5:30 p.m. iLLEST and Perry Donta’e and house of wolves dancers

Performance Schedule – Randolph to Washington

  • 11 a.m. Millar Brass Ensemble

Performance Schedule – Washington-Madison (on stage)

  • 11 a.m. Turn Up the Volume
  • 12:30 p.m. Free Lunch Academy
  • 2 p.m. The Corner Cabaret
  • 3:30 p.m. OperaGram.com
  • 5 p.m. Adventure Sandwich
  • 6 p.m. Situation Davis (Andon Davis & Tom Gerlach)
  • 7 p.m. W Chicago – City Center presents Kysia Live

Arts and culture

  • “A Humboldt Day” by Somos Arte Chicago and Lolita’s Bodega – an activation that transports Humboldt Park to State Street, featuring Humboldt Park artists live painting pieces representing their vision of a day in their neighborhood, as well as artisans who create pieces that are unique and special to Humboldt
  • Adventure Sandwich – a mostly improvised show for audiences of all ages, in which brand new songs are served fresh—imaginary musical deli style
  • Ayodele Drum and Dance, NFP – African dance and Bantaba live drumming, including a performance, dance class and dance circle
  • Be The Match – a bone marrow drive that can help save a life
  • Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago –a broad spectrum of traditional Brazilian games, dance demonstrations and several interactive board games, as well as an experiential learning station where people of all ages can play an ancient board game developed in the Indigenous Xingu community in the Upper Amazon Rainforest
  • Cabinet of Curiosity – alt-country honky tonk musician Michelle Billingsley performs live in a 12-foot-tall sculptural dress, while the dress is live painted by artists
  • Caricatures by Mary Ellen – live caricature artist
  • Center for Decision Research, University of Chicago Booth School of Business – a pop-up behavioral science discovery center where attendees can participate in research studies on the processes by which intuition, reasoning and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments and choices
  • CIRCLE Foundation/Innovations High School –gaming station to help build community awareness of their school and other services, with swag giveaways
  • The Climate Reality Project – raising support and awareness for moving to a clean, green future
  • The Connection Movement and Chicago Cuddle Therapy – experiences that bring people into stronger relationship with themselves and others, including empathic listeners who invite attendees to spend a few minutes to be heard without judgment, as well as moments of physical touch from Chicago Cuddle Therapy
  • The Corner Cabaret – street vaudeville for the new '20s, incorporating traditional vaudeville era variete acts, live music, comedy and chorus dance numbers
  • DJ Seasonal Frequency – electronic music
  • Ella Frost Photography – pop-up art gallery with photography on display and for purchase
  • Family-ism Face Paint Factory – professional face painting and a photo backdrop for selfies
  • The Freakeasy – an art collective inspired by the Burning Man Arts Festival, which will be bringing their Augmented Reality Sandbox and The Freakeasy Lounge, in addition to special music performances by Frekeasy Resident DJs from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Free Lunch Academy – live performances of their touring stage play entitled “Be A Buddy Not A Bully,” which addresses the various types, leading causes and how to intervene and even prevent bullying-related behaviors
  • FromBupkis – handmade pottery for sale
  • Gene Siskel Film Center – selling popcorn outside the theater
  • Global Citizenship Experience Lab School –a series of short educational workshops/discussions centered on project-based and real-world learning, like demonstrating donut economics, building models with Chicago Mobile Makers, exploring sustainable design or public art
  • Illinois Science Council – engagement with a variety of different scientists in memorable, fun, and non-intimidating ways
  • Jimmy Williams Gallery & Studio – pop-up abstract art gallery
  • LeonMechelle Artist Studios – 3D interactive artwork
  • Metrix, Chicago’s New Hero – book promotion for a child-designed, mother-supported comic book superhero named Metrix, along with a youth literacy campaign
  • Millar Brass Ensemble – live light classical, pop and jazz music
  • OperaGram.com – mini-concert of operatic arias, followed by an improvised operatic number with audience participation, and a free singing telegram awarded to an audience member
  • Paint the City – low rider bikes on display, live body painting, Renegades of Funk artists, mask-making station
  • Paint the City – Ground Mural Painting – live mural painting on the State Street median outside of the Chicago Theatre
  • Plein Air painters – 12 artists live painting an iconic Loop scene – the Chicago Theatre and State/Lake 'L' station
  • Sarah J Wilson art – pop-up art show of work depicting painted signage and painted stickers/everyday objects from around Chicago
  • Situation Davis: Andon Davis & Tom Gerlach – acoustic rock duo
  • THUG Hippie – a gently guided drum and dance circle that embraces diversity and models what true inclusion looks like
  • Tours with Mike – free, 20-minute architecture and history tours of State Street from Lake to Madison, from 2-5 p.m.
  • W Chicago City Center – an interactive experience highlighting music, a W brand pillar, with a performance by Kysia Live

Active recreation

  • Dzika Fitness – Chicago-made, trademarked training program bringing pop music-fueled fitness classes to the street
  • Heritage Bikes and Coffee –locally-made custom bicycles, test rides and a barista can offering small batch coffee brewing demos and tastes of coffee roasted in the city
  • Mathew Churney – playing and teaching hacky sack with the goal of reducing violence
  • Mind Body Defense – self-defense workshop
  • Playbound – kids’ activities like tag, chalk, music, and dancing, all led by counselors
  • Reign Body Fuel –fun photo opportunities and complimentary samples of Reign Body Fuel, a performance drink, along with complimentary workout classes
  • Turn Up the Volume – a progressive take on a traditional dance fitness class, with an anti-diet culture and body and gender inclusivity, that intersects movement with music and mental health in ways that are accessible to bodies with disabilities
  • YogaSix – yoga classes for every body

Food and drink

  • City Water Hard Seltzer – City Water hard seltzer sales and swag giveaways
  • Fat Miilk – a new specialty Vietnamese coffee brand that launched in the middle of the pandemic, with coffee beans imported directly from the founders’ family's farm in Vietnam
  • Heritage Bikes and Coffee – locally-made custom bicycles, test rides and a barista can offering small batch coffee brewing demos and tastes of coffee roasted in the city
  • Pita Heaven – Family-owned, local Greek restaurant
  • thrd.coffee company, LLC – mobile coffee bar
  • The Walnut Room – alcoholic beverages and customer favorites, like Mrs. Hering’s chicken pot pie available as a walking pot pie


  • AT&T – pop-up shop featuring brands like Samsung, FirstNet and AT&T services
  • The Body Shop – sidewalk shop with new beauty product releases and demonstrations and kids coloring activities
  • BWYB Life – a new apparel brand (“Black-White-Yellow-Brown”) designed to bridge racial divides, stop racial hate and bring good people together regardless of their race, culture or ethnicity
  • Chanellie –a self-care DIY day where you can make your own coffee clay masks, use their paint and sip kit, write on their Tanuki writing kits and be in a safe space to decompress, mingle and self-care
  • Chicago Cannabis Company – cannabis education and DIY infusion demonstration
  • Chicago Culture Gear – a pop-up shop for this brand that celebrates the city allegiance, neighborhood pride and unique style inherent to being a Chicagoan
  • Divinity Seven Apparel – pop-up boutique with hanging apparel racks, mannequins and tables displaying apparel
  • Giveashirt – hand screened designs by local artists and musicians, with 100 percent of profits donated to Streetwise
  • Half Day CBD – educational sessions and one-on-one consultations around hemp-based CBD products
  • Indelible Bliss Candle and Soap Co. – candles and other products for sale that carry a message/mantra serving as a daily reminder to the user
  • Insurance Navy – free giveaways and representatives to answer insurance questions
  • It’s Oksana – a pop-up store based in linen fabrics, featuring Ukrainian-based products
  • Lolita’s Bodega – BIPOC small business pop-up featuring 5-10 small businesses and artisans
  • Macy's – pop-up sidewalk shop
  • Nordstrom Rack – a sidewalk sale in front of the store featuring their best grab-and-go, festival-ready items
  • The Ocean Bay Cosmetics – aquatic-themed lash line
  • OutCold for Primark – vintage 1963 Metro Mite vehicle for photo ops, cornhole games, fashionable mannequins and product giveaways
  • Send Some Chicago – customize a 5, 7 or 10 item Chicago-themed gift box with local/iconic Chicago products
  • Sylvia’s BackRoom – a collaboration of vintage sellers all in one place, bringing you the best in vintage, artsy, and oddities. Find one-of-kind treasures from days gone by including racks of clothing and accessories, art, textiles, jewelry, accent furniture, home decor, eyewear, and so much more.
  • Twenty Thou – handmade jewelry and accessories for sale

“Despite the rainy weather, our first Sundays on State event on July 11 was a great success,” said Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards. “It was such a joy to see State Street filled with people from all over the city and beyond, experiencing that space like they never have before. After what we all went through in 2020, Sundays on State is a welcome celebration of the Loop and the city as a whole.”

East-west streets within the program area will remain open so that retail, hotels, restaurants and residential spaces will still have access by vehicle. Signage about the street closure will be placed at the sites of the closure and two blocks out to provide ample notice to vehicles. State Street from Wacker to Lake will be used as a drop-off zone. Sundays on State will follow public health guidelines in place at the time of each event.

Sundays on State is planned to occur rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather during the events, Chicago Loop Alliance encourages guests to take a moment to enjoy the bountiful indoor shopping, dining and attractions on State Street and throughout the Loop.

Sundays on State is a project of Chicago Loop Alliance in partnership with Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation, City of Chicago, and SSA#1-2015. Event sponsors are Hilton, Allstate, Macy’s, PNC, Target and Walgreens. Community sponsors are Block 37, Cabrera Capital, Clayco and Millennium Garages. Captivate, The Chicago Crusader, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Firefly, Me-TV FM, Power 92.3, Rejoice 102.3, Soul 106.3, Vocalo, WBEZ, WGN, WLS-AM 890, 94.7 WLS-FM, 101WKQX and WVON are media sponsors.

About Sundays on State

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, will close to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transform into an open street full of surprises. Come together with neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond for this free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, food and drink, shopping and local attractions. Experience everyone’s neighborhood, the Loop, like never before! For more information, visit. #SundaysOnState

About Chicago Loop Alliance

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA)’s mission is to create, manage and promote positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate economic recovery. CLA is a membership organization as well as the sole service provider for Special Service Area#1-2015, and the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation produces public art projects and events. For more information, please visit LoopChicago.com.