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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | SEPT. 7, 2021

CHICAGO—Chicago Loop Alliance is announcing the lineup for the final Sundays on State event on Sept. 12, 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. 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.

“It’s hard to believe we’re already approaching the final Sundays on State event,” said Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards. “We had high hopes and lofty goals for this project, and it’s exceeded all expectations. This really is an interactive city-wide block party, at a time when we all need some joy and positive energy. You don’t want to miss out on making memories on State Street.”

"Whether you've gone to every Sundays on State event or haven't made it down for one yet, make sure to mark the final date on your calendar," said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. "My wife, Amy, and I had the pleasure of attending a couple weeks ago, and it is truly a sight to behold. After the past year and a half we've all endured, it was incredible to see residents from every corner of Chicago come together on this iconic street in the heart of our downtown. I encourage residents and visitors alike to come see for themselves before it's too late."

Attendees have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback. The data shows that they come from every neighborhood in Chicago and beyond and appreciate the vitality Sundays on State brings to the Loop.

“I love Sundays on State because our Loop neighborhood is like none other,” said Loop resident Nancy Thomas. “It is good to see people stop and enjoy themselves on State Street rather than always rushing. Also, I jumped rope for the first time in almost in 60 years!”

“I hope in some format you continue to make this event permanent, whether seasonally or annually,” said Barbara Malecke of Hermosa. “It is a feel-good event, and with crazy things going on in everyone's lives and the news, this event is a genuine oasis from all of that chaos.”

Participants have also felt the positive energy at Sundays on State. The event series has engaged nearly 400 vendors, performers and organizations to activate the street.

“I’ve been a Chicagoan for 27 years, and as a tour guide I spend a lot of time in the Loop,” said Kelly Kniewel of eATLAS. “I’ve never felt the Loop as ‘neighborhoody’ as it was at Sundays on State. The vibe was electric, comfortable and safe. I loved seeing the diversity of our city represented in the booths and the crowd.”

“Everyone I talk to at Sundays on State loves it—from the ladies who lunch to the kids with their parents and everyone in between,” said Sylvia Moore of Sylvia’s BackRoom and Friends. “And the tourists think it’s so great and can’t believe we do this in Chicago. Everyone is enjoying it so much.”

“We could never have imagined how transformative the Loop could be,” said Denise Dunham Brown of Family-ism Face Paint Factory. “We will never see it the same way again after Sundays on State.”

“I have had such a blast at Sundays on State,” said Chanel West of Chanellie. “I absolutely love this initiative and hope this is an annual event. This is amazing for my small business.”

“Sundays on State is really nice,” said Denita Tittle of Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes. “Love it. Festive atmosphere. Great idea. State Street is alive and well. Downtown is alive and well.”

The Sept. 12 Sundays on State event will feature about 100 on-street activations throughout the day. These activations were submitted by community members and organizations from all over the Chicagoland area. Sept. 12 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 (T. Mixwell, Stax, MC Zulu, Radiohiro, Uno, Forrest Roush, Puffs Bagswelle, Sirene De Paradis)
  • 2-5 p.m. – DJ sets brought by Paint the City
  • 5 p.m. – Derrick Carter

Performance Schedule – Randolph to Washington

  • 1-3 p.m. – Macy’s and Chicago Fashion Incubator photo shoot

Performance Schedule – Washington-Madison (on stage)

  • 11 a.m. – Ballet Chicago class
  • 12:30 p.m. – Feathered Beaus
  • 3 p.m. – The Happiness Club
  • 3:30 p.m. – Chemical X
  • 4 p.m. – Porchlight Music Theatre
  • 5:30 p.m. – Blind Adam and the Federal League
  • 7 p.m. – Peter Oprisko singing Frank Sinatra

Arts and culture

  • 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, improv, fun and shenanigans
  • Amoz of Art LLC – artworks for sale that highlight love and Black culture
  • Be The Match – a bone marrow drive that can help save a life
  • 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
  • Blind Adam and the Federal League – antifascist punk rock with a side of honky tonk and blues
  • Book Driver – a book display and live music from this company that offers free book and media donation pick-ups in Chicago, helping to distribute to nonprofit book organizations
  • Chemical X – KPOP/JPOP dance cover and cosplay group based in Chicago
  • Chicago Public Library – interactive showcases of projects created in YOUmedia (teen space) and Maker Lab (adult space), as well as offering library cards and additional resources
  • Chicago Queer Creations – a safe space for those in the LGBTQ+ community and its allies
  • Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation – a kid-friendly space with different summer science projects for all ages, featuring Chicago Mobile Makers design and problem-solving mobile workshop
  • CircEsteem – teaching circus skills including rolling globe, juggling and plate spinning
  • CIRCLE Foundation/Innovations High School – gaming station to help build community awareness of their school and other services, with swag giveaways
  • Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) – giveaways, comment cards, surveys and activities including coloring for children and an opportunity for public input on Metra and Pace
  • DePaul University – “Paint the Loop Blue” with DePaul’s back-to-school experience for families and anyone with DePaul affinity, featuring Loop campus tours, dance team performances, pep band, recreation activation by golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball or other teams, mascot, Kids club, selfie station, pop a shot, tic tac toe, demon head, arches and more
  • 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
  • Feathered Beaus – the newest addition to The Cabaret Project’s canon of talent
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Happiness Club – a diverse group of Chicago kids who encourage positive values and social change through the creation of hip-hop and pop music, rap and dance
  • Harold Washington College – giveaways and information
  • 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
  • Jimmy Williams Gallery & Studio – pop-up abstract art gallery
  • JushShop – jewelry and pottery
  • K Elizabeth Décor – demonstrations on how to make home decor items using repurposed and/or recycled items
  • 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
  • Leigh Ann DeLoach – copper/patina cowgirl human statue
  • N. White Studios – a mixed-media artist pop-up featuring a variety of art styles
  • Macaroni Kid Chicago Northside – a free community newsletter guiding families to things to do and places to see in Chicago, featuring giveaways
  • Metrix, Chicago’s New Hero – book promotion for a child-designed, mother-supported comic book superhero named Metrix, along with a youth literacy campaign
  • Paint the City and The Simple Good – live DJ 2-5 p.m., interactive mural for audiences to write what their simple good means to them, and storytelling sessions with artists, non-profits and community members
  • Plein Air painters – artists live painting an iconic Loop scene – the Chicago Theatre and State/Lake 'L' station
  • Peter Oprisko – Chicago-area native and one of the nation’s most in-demand and acclaimed concert and recording artists, singing Frank Sinatra songs
  • Porchlight Music Theatre – karaoke-style Broadway and pop song performances and sing-along
  • Pritzker Military Museum and Library – family-friendly interactive activities that showcase the museum’s new exhibit, collections, and upcoming programs
  • Project Onward – original artwork, hand-painted jewelry, pins and sculptures, plus 30-minute portraits of people and pets on the spot
  • 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
  • Tours with Mike – free, 20-minute architecture and history tours of State Street from Lake to Madison, from 2-5 p.m.
  • Tracy’s Fun Face Painting – face painting
  • Twenty Thou – handmade jewelry and accessories
  • The Water Station – kidney health and wellness center
  • Yarn Craft Country – learn a quick, basic crochet project

Active recreation

  • Ballet Chicago – classical ballet training co-founded in 1987 by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Daniel Duell and former ballerina Patricia Blair, with a mission to education and inspire young artists and lay a foundation of life skills and empowerment
  • CHI-SOCIETY – outdoor fitness classes featuring workouts from Chicago’s top fitness instructors in cycle, boxing, yoga, Pilates, strength, barre and meditation
  • DePaul Athletics – play Blue Demon Bag Toss for prizes, hear from DePaul Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Stubblefield followed by a spirit clinic at 1 p.m., and dance in the streets with DIBS the Blue Demon at 3 p.m.
  • DePaul University – come wearing your DePaul blue gear and join in the fun with Coach Stubbs, followed by a spirit clinic with the DePaul Cheer and Dance teams at  1 p.m. and Dibs at 3 p.m. They will have several interactive experiences and giveaways for people of all ages, as well as representatives from Admissions, Alumni Relations, Athletics and Esports who will be available to answer questions
  • 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
  • U.S. Marines – Try out the Marine Corps Challenge to win posters, water bottles, and T-shirts

Food and drink

  • Adams Street Brewery – beer and root beer sales from the Berghoff’s sister brewery
  • City Water Hard Seltzer – City Water hard seltzer sales and swag giveaways
  • Cynthia’s Gumbo Express – Louisiana-style food truck serving seafood, chicken, turkey and vegan gumbo
  • Happy Lobster – lobster rolls food truck
  • Harold’s Chicken – food truck
  • Olga’s Aguas Frescas – two stands serving non-alcoholic fruit- and rice-based drinks with authentic tacos
  • Pita Heaven – Family-owned, local Greek restaurant
  • Present Tense Bar – a ghost bar on demand, delivering craft cocktails and bar snacks to the thirsty people of Chicago
  • 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
  • The Walnut Room – alcoholic beverages and customer favorites, like Mrs. Hering’s chicken pot pie available as a walking pot pie

Retail

  • 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
  • Botanica Chicago – education on cannabis history, safety, consumption methods and how to grow at home
  • 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 Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street – live photo shoot from 1-3 p.m. featuring six Chicago designers and models showing off fall fashion from Chicago Fashion Incubator alumni
  • 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
  • Colores Mexicanos – Chicago’s handmade, fair trade Mexican gift shop
  • Get Growing Foundation’s Plant Truck Chicago – a mobile plant boutique created inside a 1974 GMC Kurbmaster truck, retrofitted with a greenhouse glass barrel-vaulted roof, distressed wood siding and plenty of greenery
  • Gigawatt Coffee Roasters – a pop-up specialty coffee boutique selling prepackaged air-roasted coffee
  • 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
  • Highly Unique – Chicago-based streetwear clothing brand that showcases Chicago-inspired designs and graphic tees that express individuality and uniqueness
  • 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
  • Macy's and Chicago Fashion Incubator – pop-up sidewalk shop and a live photo shoot from 1-3 p.m. featuring six Chicago designers and models showing off fall fashion from Chicago Fashion Incubator alumni
  • 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
  • PinkPoshBeautyWorld – beauty products and accessories with inspired diamonds for decoration and lots of pink
  • PLSH Lyfe Shop – greeting cards and gifts
  • POLLY POMS – shabby chic hats and T-shirts, with $5 from every item sold donated to GARRIDO Stray Rescue Foundation on the northwest side of Chicago
  • Rahalah – bespoke vintage fashion and one-of-a-kind shoes
  • SEMY – social gifting and ordering app
  • Sin Título – dope apparel by dope Latinas in Pilsen
  • 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
  • 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.

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