Sundays on State, the Chicago Loop Alliance’s series of events shutting down a stretch of the city’s iconic street to cars, is scheduled to run for eight Sundays this summer starting July 11, CLA announced Wednesday.
State Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Lake to Madison streets on July 11, 18, and 25, August 8, 22, and 29, and September 5 and 12. (The group had previously announced as many as 12 Sunday events.) The open streets effort will run from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., with events running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s no cost to visitors.
CLA says the kickoff event will feature more than 70 attractions. “On July 11 alone, you’ll experience interactive painting, live theater, wrestling, yoga, dance, circus performers, jazz and bluegrass musicians, DJs, outdoor dining, sidewalk sales and more,” Chicago Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards said in a statement. “After the year we’ve had, we want to offer an opportunity to come together, participate and heal with one another.”
The group says east-west streets will remain open, with signage posted starting two blocks away from the closures. State Street between Lake Street and Wacker Drive is set to be designated as a “drop-off zone.”