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July 25 Sundays on State event features pop-up karaoke, a Doctor Who meetup, barre fitness classes, walk-up COVID-19 vaccines and more

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CHICAGO—Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing the lineup for the July 25 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 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 25 Sundays on State event will feature more than 70 on-street activations throughout the day. These activations were submitted by community members and organizations from all over the Chicagoland area. July 25 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

Performance Schedule – Randolph to Washington

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. DJ Seasonal Frequency
  • 2-4 p.m. Macy’s fashion show in the store’s iconic State Street windows

Performance Schedule – Washington-Madison (on stage)

  • 11 a.m.-noon The Bar Method Gold Coast (bring your own mat or towel)
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. John Primer & Steve Bell
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Lil Ed and Mike Scharf
  • 3-4 p.m. Mr. Pope
  • 5-6 p.m. Kyle Paul
  • 6-7 p.m. Anne & Mark Burnell
  • 7-8 p.m. The Handcuffs

Arts and culture

  • American Writers Museum – writing activations including typewriters for attendees to use, their My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today exhibit with luggage tags for attendees to write their family’s immigration story, and their Word Play exhibit with mad-lib and magnetic poetry games
  • Anne & Mark Burnell – vocal harmonies, piano, jazz, blues, American songbook and a cappella
  • Be The Match – a bone marrow drive that can help save a life
  • Cabinet of Curiosity – music, bubbles and spectacle
  • 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
  • Chicago Cabaret Professionals –singers and advocates for the art of Cabaret, featuring the Great American Songbook, parodies, Broadway, pop, jazz and blues sets
  • Chicago Doctor Who Meetup –a Cosplay Congregation in which Doctor Who fans can socialize, interact and enjoy shopping
  • Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation –a kid-friendly space with different summer science projects for all-ages
  • The Climate Reality Project – raising support and awareness for moving to a clean, green future
  • DJ Seasonal Frequency – electronic music
  • eATLAS – free self-guided tours and treasure hunts in the Loop using the eATLAS app
  • 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 Freakeasy Resident DJs
  • Freelife Records / A Logic Electric – State Street Collective Cyphers podcast, featuring intern hosts with a culturally uplifting, no-violence music mandate
  • Gene Siskel Film Center – selling popcorn outside the theater
  • The Handcuffs – bold, sexy rock and roll songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists
  • Jimmy Williams Gallery & Studio – pop-up abstract art gallery
  • John Primer & Steve Bell – the real deal blues
  • K Elizabeth Décor – demonstrations on how to make home decor items using repurposed and/or recycled items
  • Kyle Paul –live music within the traditions of Chicago music
  • Lil Ed and Mike Scharf – Chicago blues musicians
  • 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
  • Mr. Pope – inspirational rap music and a dialogue about self-love and self-care
  • The Original Sixty Fourth Street Beach Drummers – four conga drummers will teach the art of hand drumming and lead drum circles with dancing
  • Poems While You Wait – a collective of poets and their vintage typewriters who provide their patrons with custom-made, one-of-a-kind original poems based on their name and a topic of their choice
  • Pop Up Karaoke – karaoke on State Street
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library –family-friendly interactive activities that showcase the museum’s new exhibit, collections and upcoming programs
  • 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
  • Tour Through A Lens – 60-minute street and urban photography tours, all cameras and smartphones welcome
  • Tours with Mike – free, 20-minute architecture and history tours of State Street from Lake to Madison, from 2-5 p.m.
  • Turning the Page – an education non-profit that works with North Lawndale elementary schools will have a bookstore pop-up with sales funding their nonprofit work
  • Water Tower Guy Studios – live mural painting of the character “Water Tower Guy”

Active recreation

  • The Bar Method Gold Coast – a barre workout incorporating elements of Pilates, yoga and other strength training workouts (bring your own mat or towel)
  • Dzika Fitness – Chicago-made, trademarked training program bringing pop music-fueled fitness classes to the street
  • Mathew Churney – playing and teaching hacky sack with the goal of reducing violence
  • 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
  • YogaSix – yoga classes for every body

Food and drink

  • Adams Street Brewery – beer and root beer sales from the Berghoff’s sister brewery
  • El Ranchito Tacos – Mexican taco truck
  • The Fat Shallot – classic sandwiches food truck
  • Happy Lobster – lobster rolls food truck
  • Harold’s Chicken – food truck
  • Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes – dessert food truck, serving your “Favorite Cake in a Cupcake”
  • Sundays on State beer tent – Goose Island beer and seltzer favorites
  • 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
  • Chitiva by Prescribd – CBD product demonstrations
  • 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
  • Helen Helene – summer transitional wear for women
  • 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
  • Macy's – pop-up sidewalk shop, and from 2-4 p.m. the iconic windows will come to life with an interactive experience as models highlight looks found exclusively at Macy’s, including versatile new looks from And Now This
  • M.A.D. Scrubs LLC – fashionable, comfortable uniform scrubs line created by a registered nurse
  • Nordstrom Rack – a sidewalk sale in front of the store featuring their best grab-and-go, festival-ready items
  • Nubastyle – apparel and accessories representing inner peace and outer love
  • 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
  • PRIMERICA – a financial services company for families
  • Send Some Chicago – customize a 5, 7 or 10 item Chicago-themed gift box with local/iconic Chicago products
  • Staypineapple, an Iconic Hotel – free photo booth with pineapple props like coffee mugs, hats, robes and Dash, the Pineapple Pup, plus Pineapple treats like pineapple shortbread ice cream sandwiches and pineapple lemonade for sale
  • 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.
  • Walgreens - offering walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations in front of their State and Madison location

“Our Sundays on State events have so far been a great success,” said Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards. “Attendees have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback, and most have said they spent money at a Loop business while downtown for the event. Foot traffic has jumped significantly during Sundays on State, and it’s been wonderful to see our Loop retailers benefiting from the increased activity. Not only are there fantastic things to do in the event area itself, but there’s also great shopping at State Street stores like Target, Macy’s, Walgreens, Block 37, UNIQLO, Primark, DSW, Blick, the Jordan Store and more. Sundays on State offers a great opportunity to come downtown, enjoy the event, and get all your shopping done on ‘that great street.’”

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 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.


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