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On Saturday, October 1, seven blocks on State Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for activities such as yoga, dance classes, a skate park and an Imagination Playground for kids

 

Chicago, IL — At Open Streets on State Street, Chicagoans are invited to enjoy the ultimate good day as historic State Street opens for pedestrians to play, walk, bike and enjoy healthy recreation for a full five hours in the heart of the Loop. Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), will transform a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, into the ultimate urban playground for all ages, Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The first-ever Open Streets on State Street will create a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage with the public. Open Streets, presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Bogota, Colombia, which holds its iconic “Ciclovia” event every Sunday of the year.

A sampling of the recreational programming being offered to the public, free of charge, at Open Streets on State Street includes: 

  • Mobile skate park: While most public places prohibit skateboarding, Open Streets encourages people of all ages and ability levels to take a lesson from Character Skateboards and the Chicago Youth Skateboarding Project and watch pros skate on this street course that includes ramps, a half pipe.
  • Imagination Playground: Children, ages 3 and older, can explore this award-winning, 500-square-foot movable playground that includes blocks, crates, carts, sand and water. This innovative playground encourages children and their families to pursue healthy, safe, and educational play.
  • Scavenger hunt: discover the “hidden gems” of State Street and learn about the Loop’s history and architecture through this urban scavenger hunt. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and award a range of prizes for winners.
  • Break dancing demos: Chicago’s most acclaimed break-dancing crew, Brickheadz, will showcase some spinning, hopping, and sliding on hands, heads, shoulders and elbows. The crew will also be available for lessons for aspiring B-boys and B-girls.
  • Yoga classes: CorePower instructors will be on hand to lead impromptu yoga classes.
  • Dunking booth: Settle the score the old-fashioned way: by sending someone splashing into 500 gallons of water.

“We are constantly looking for new and creative ways to draw people into the Loop through unique programming and partnerships,” stated CLA Executive Director Ty Tabing. “We are thrilled to partner with Active Trans on Open Streets, and look forward to hosting Chicagoans on one of Chicago’s most famous streets.”

Open Streets on State Street is the culminating celebration of the summer-long “GO DO GOOD” campaign, launched by Chicago Loop Alliance and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in May. The campaign has become a city-wide movement inspiring the public to “do good” in tandem with artist Kay Rosen’s six-story GO DO GOOD mural on State Street, commissioned by CLA for Art Loop 2011. The public is encouraged to stop by United Way’s booth at Open Streets to learn about opportunities to do good in one’s community.

“Imagine State Street with joggers instead of taxi cabs and skaters instead of buses and an impromptu Yoga class instead of a traffic jam,” said Active Trans Open Streets Manager Julia Kim. “We’re encouraging people to ride bikes, take a stroll, and embrace the dramatic beauty of Chicago. Open Streets brings communities together to have fun and lead active lifestyles.”

There is no admission charge for Open Streets on State Street. In addition, Chicago Loop Alliance member businesses in the area will offer special discount offers in conjunction with the event. For more information, please visit OpenStreetsOnStateStreet.org or call (312) 782-9160.

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a member-based business organization that represents Chicago’s most dynamic mixed-use district – the Loop – and advocates for the rapidly growing central business area. CLA is focused on promoting and uniting Loop businesses and organizations to support one another in creating a vibrant, flourishing Loop where people live, work and play. For more information visit www.chicagoloopalliance.com.

The Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) is an advocate for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders in the Chicago region. Active Trans encourages transportation that promotes health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, please visit www.activetrans.org

The newest Illinois Center for Broadcasting (ICB) campus, located at State and Congress Streets, provides education on all aspects of broadcasting to a generation of broadcasters through an intensive, hands-on program instructed by the industry’s top professionals since 1986. ICB possess a unique mix of broadcasting leadership and experience, educational excellence and use of cutting edge technologies to continue to be at the forefront of broadcasting education. For more information about ICB, please visit http://www.beonair.com/chicago.

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