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Launched in 2014 as a placemaking initiative, ACTIVATE is a series of pop-up arts programs that encourage visitors to see the Loop anew. The event transforms alleys and other urban locations into creative exhibition spaces that bring artists and the public together for an evening of exploration, interaction and celebration of the arts. Events take place once a month from June through September and are free and open to the public. 

ACTIVATE 2018 - (EVO)lution

Inspired by Chicago's modern-day creative renaissance, Chicago Loop Alliance in collaboration with Canvas Chicago transformed the Loop's unexpected public spaces into visual exhibitions. Over 18 thousand guests experienced interactive engagements, art installations, live music and unanticipated adventures.

Stay tuned for ACTIVATE 2019.