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Enjoy active recreation downtown this Sunday: Bike the Drive to Sundays on State

Posted  17 months ago

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CHICAGO—Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing the lineup for the Sept. 5 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 open streets celebration of arts, culture, active recreation, food, drinks, shopping and more that is free and open to the public. Anyone participating in Active Transportation Alliance’s Fifth Third Bike the Drive from 5:30-10 a.m. along DuSable Lake Shore Drive can head over to Sundays on State and enjoy the open street. After this weekend, only one Sundays on State event remains, on Sept. 12. 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.

“One of the core aspects of Sundays on State was to provide an open streets feel to one of the most iconic streets in Chicago, so that people can walk, cycle, skateboard, scoot or roll down the middle of the street with no cars in the space,” said Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards. “It is a happy coincidence that our Sept. 5 event corresponds with Active Transportation Alliance’s Fifth Third Bike the Drive, a staple event for Chicago’s cycling community. We hope anyone who participates in Bike the Drive takes some time to head over to State Street and keep the fun rolling.”

The Sept. 5 Sundays on State event will feature about 115 on-street activations throughout the day. These activations were submitted by community members and organizations from all over the Chicagoland area. Sept. 5 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.-8 p.m. – The Freakeasy
  • 2-5 p.m. – DJ sets by Power 92’s HotRod

Performance Schedule – Randolph to Washington

  • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. – Cumulus Radio DJ live broadcast WLS-AM 890

Performance Schedule – Washington-Madison (on stage)

  • 11 a.m. – Dzika Fitness (bring water, towel and sports attire; no mat needed)
  • Noon – Millar Brass Ensemble
  • 1 p.m. – Jessica Ever
  • 2:30 p.m. – Orcas are Dolphins
  • 4 p.m. – Together
  • 6 p.m. – Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
  • 7 p.m. – Dance Hokulea

Arts and culture

  • 1Evalution – business and life coaching, with a space for discussions on how to move forward and make choices to live your best life
  • Aaron Pierre Brown – a stylish, open-air artist salon setting for live art demonstrations
  • The Acting Workshop Chicago – interactive game show called Name That Flick! featuring audience participation, improve, fun and shenanigans
  • Amoz of Art LLC – artworks for sale that highlight love and Black culture
  • Bead Streetz – handmade crafter/Perler bead artist offering an alternative to mass produced products and a proud supporter of the Handmade Market Chicago
  • Beautiful Guitar Hands – classical and Spanish music, as well as selections from the great American songbook
  • Brad Meese Photography – fine art photography
  • Cabinet of Curiosity – pop-up nautical spectacle
  • Caricatures by Mary Ellen – live caricature artist
  • Chicago Arts Teen Outreach (CATO) – a safe space where teens can express themselves and perform for various communities throughout Chicago, featuring brief interactive performances by teens
  • Chicago Queer Creations – a safe space for those in the LGBTQ+ community and its allies
  • CIRCLE Foundation/Innovations High School – gaming station to help build community awareness of their school and other services, with swag giveaways
  • Cumulus Radio – broadcasting live on State Street with WLS-AM 890
  • Dance Hokulea – Polynesian dance, featuring costumes and performances from several Pacific islands, including Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa
  • Dragonfly Gallery & Creative Spaces – pop-up gallery showcasing new and emerging artists, highlighting minority and women local artists
  • eATLAS – free self-guided tours and treasure hunts in the Loop using the eATLAS app
  • Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater – the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States to have in-residence status at a university, making its home at Northeastern Illinois University
  • Family-ism Face Paint Factory – professional face painting and a photo backdrop for selfies
  • Fancy Faces by Sharon – face painting and glitter tattoos
  • The Freakeasy – an art collective inspired by the Burning Man Arts Festival, which will be bringing live art by Leekovision, House music by Chicago area DJs and The Freakeasy Lounge, and their Augmented Reality Sandbox to Couch Place Alley
  • 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
  • Global Citizenship Experience Lab School with Chicago Mobile Makers – 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 – examine real brains from different animals up close, enjoy an exotic insect “petting zoo,” chat with scientists (e.g. soil ecologist, neuroscientist, immunologist, etc.) and learn about science outreach opportunities in Chicago
  • Jessica Ever – indie-rock and alternative solo musician performing original music
  • Jimmy Williams Gallery & Studio – pop-up abstract art gallery
  • JushShop – jewelry and pottery
  • Kraneil Fine Art – live painting
  • League of Chicago Theatres – a Hot Tix pop up selling collectible Broadway In Chicago posters, Playbills, and promoting theatrical performances across the city
  • LeonMechelle Artist Studios – 3D interactive artwork
  • Lolita’s Bodega – BIPOC small business pop-up featuring 5-10 small businesses and artisans
  • 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
  • Orcas are Dolphins – quintet of musicians who produce progressive electronic jazz
  • Paint the City – Live art activations and artist vendors Blue Moon Gallery
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois – a “body celebration” booth with games, crafts and decorations
  • Pretty Things Painted – workshops offering different techniques in designing custom, DIY, fashionable wearable art
  • Project Onward – original artwork, hand-painted jewelry, pins and sculptures, plus 30-minute portraits of people and pets on the spot
  • Ray Neal Media – live broadcast on internet station platforms
  • Revolution Club – activist group advocating for equality among different people, cultures and languages
  • Roll Call – promotion of their newest program, Creative Art Fashion & Design entrepreneur program, which teaches youth valuable skills and understanding of the fashion industry while empowering them to have freedom of expression
  • Sarah J Wilson art – pop-up art show of work depicting painted signage and painted stickers/everyday objects from around Chicago
  • THUG Hippie – a gently guided drum and dance circle that embraces diversity and models what true inclusion looks like
  • Together – an 11-piece horn band that dabbles in covers of iconic Latin rock, R&B and pop music from both past and present
  • Tours with Mike – free, 20-minute architecture and history tours of State Street from Lake to Madison, from 2-5 p.m.
  • TrillNinja Art & Apparel – prints and original canvas art for sale and live art
  • Twenty Thou – handmade jewelry and accessories
  • Uniform Teeth – outdoor living room activation, featuring lawn tables, lawn chairs, turf, ice cream and plants
  • The Water Station – kidney health and wellness center
  • Workers Center for Racial Justice – opportunity for public dialogue on how neighborhoods can create real safety and commit resources toward achieving a vision of equity, opportunity, and liberation

Active recreation

  • Dzika Fitness – Chicago-made, trademarked training program bringing pop music-fueled fitness classes to the street
  • Paint the City x Arcades on Wheels – a free game and recreation activation
  • Paint the City x Life Source Foundation – free game activities
  • Reign Body Fuel – fun photo opportunities and complimentary samples of Reign Body Fuel, a performance drink, along with complimentary workout classes

Food and drink

  • Adams Street Brewery – beer and root beer sales from the Berghoff’s sister brewery
  • Caseras – Cicero-based Mexican food truck featuring authentic tortas, tacos, elote and more
  • CForce Bottling Company by Chuck Norris – premium alkaline water giveaways
  • Chicago Lunchbox – traditional Asian fare served in nontraditional ways
  • Cynthia’s Gumbo Express – Louisiana-style food truck serving seafood, chicken, turkey and vegan gumbo
  • The Fat Shallot – classic sandwiches food truck
  • Happy Lobster – lobster rolls food truck
  • Harold’s Chicken – food truck
  • I Love My Coffee Black – a local gourmet coffee company offering various blends and flavors made from beans all over the world, with the mission to provide quality and diversity to customers with freshly roasted, flavor infused black coffee
  • Tittle’s Cupcakes – dessert food truck, serving your “Favorite Cake in a Cupcake”
  • Olga’s Aguas Frescas – two stands serving non-alcoholic fruit- and rice-based drinks with authentic tacos
  • Pita Heaven – Family-owned, local Greek restaurant
  • Sausage Fest – food truck serving premium Polish, German, veggie and vegan sausages and Vienna beef Chicago-style hot dogs
  • Sundays on State beer tent – Goose Island beer and seltzer favorites
  • thrd.coffee company, LLC – mobile coffee bar
  • W Chicago City Center – craft cocktails, house-made goodies, local beer and rosé all day
  • 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
  • Barb-N-Gear – African jewelry, apparel, hand bags, cell phone cases and commercial jewelry
  • Big Mouf Cosmetics – beauty products, fashion accessories and affirmations that promote self-love
  • The Body Shop – sidewalk shop with new beauty product releases and demonstrations and kids coloring activities
  • Brown Babies Books, LLC – an online children’s bookstore specializing in children’s, teen and young adult literature written by authors of color
  • Brown Girl Loves Vintage – a pop-up boutique part of the Vintage Village network with unique jewelry, accessories and fashions
  • 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
  • Calandra’s Handbags & Things –designer handbags, jewelry, scarves, hats and headbands for a broad audience
  • 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 Culture Gear – a brand that celebrates the city allegiance, neighborhood pride and unique style inherent to being a Chicagoan
  • Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) – a pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise with proceeds helping preserve 14 of Chicago’s most iconic independent entertainment venues
  • Chitiva by Prescribd – a CBD pop-up shop with infused products, tinctures, drink additives and more
  • Clay By Clare - handmade, hypoallergenic, clay earrings and necklaces
  • Cultivate Shoe Boutique – shoes for sale
  • Divinity Seven Apparel – pop-up boutique with hanging apparel racks, mannequins and tables displaying apparel
  • Equal Clothing – a minority-owned urban fashion line geared toward empowering a generation to speak out for, fight for and strive for equality
  • Giveashirt – hand screened designs by local artists and musicians, with 100 percent of profits donated to Streetwise
  • Herbal Maintenance – natural organic products for the entire body
  • Highly Unique – Chicago-based streetwear clothing brand that showcases Chicago-inspired designs and graphic tees that express individuality and uniqueness
  • 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
  • It’s Oksana – a pop-up store based in linen fabrics, featuring Ukrainian-based products
  • Lady Kai-hi Clothing & Accessories – jewelry and women’s clothing
  • Left on Thread – a pop-up shop featuring clothing, accessories, jewelry and candles/small home accents
  • Macy's – pop-up sidewalk shop
  • nineteen99art – an up-and-coming community-based clothing company with an emphasis on giving creatives of all forms a spotlight and platform
  • Nordstrom Rack – a sidewalk sale in front of the store featuring their best grab-and-go, festival-ready items
  • Old Navy – a summer pop-up shop with exclusive discounts
  • Open Books – Pop-up bookstore selling a diverse selection of high quality used books, with all proceeds funding literacy programs
  • Open Profile LLC – online boutique that curates a selection of vintage women, men and children's clothing
  • Passion Lily Boutique – women’s clothing, accessories and sandals
  • PinkPoshBeautyWorld – beauty products and accessories with inspired diamonds for decoration and lots of pink
  • PLSH Lyfe Shop – greeting cards and gifts
  • PRIMERICA – a financial services company for families
  • Rahalah – bespoke vintage fashion and one-of-a-kind shoes
  • ShopSheaButterQueen – women’s and men’s sustainable clothing that includes vintage, modern and streetwear
  • Sw1’s Exotic Reflections – handcrafted jewelry featuring Swarovski crystals for an exotic look to stand out and be different
  • 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
  • Taj Cosmetics Waxing and Sauna Suite – a personal waxing and makeup studio with a concentration in Brazilian waxing
  • Walgreens – offering walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations in front of their State and Madison location

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 including special discounts and promotions available at LoopChicago.com/LoopDeals.

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. Star Events is the event production company for Sundays on State.

About Sundays on State

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, closes to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transforms 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 LoopChicago.com/Sundays. #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.

About the Active Transportation Alliance

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that advocates for walking, bicycling and public transit to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. The organization works to build a movement around active transportation, encourage physical activity, increase safety, and build a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance has more than 20,000 members and supporters in the Chicago region. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312-427-3325.