Pop Up Art Loop on State Street: Photo Gallery

Pop Up Art Loop on State Street photo gallery

It's all about discovering Art in unexpected places!

As I was walking down State Street I noticed crowds of people moving in and out of the alley across from the Chicago Theater.

It appeared to be a great photo opportunity. I was also just curious as to what all of the excitement was about.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out the event was ACTIVATE at Couch Place. It was a public art celebration put on by Pop-Up Art Loop™  an organization that transforms empty storefronts in the Loop into cultural activation's open to the public.


It is an initiative of Chicago Loop Alliance, Pop-Up Art Loop™ that creates partnerships between artists and property owners, creating temporary gallery, exhibition, and interactive space at no cost to the artist in prime Loop locations.

Besides Art and free wine the event also featured steampunk-style fashion by Frog Greishaw a Chicago-based fashion designer.  It was a great place to enjoy art, beverages and good company, more are scheduled to pop up in unexpected places throughout the Loop.

Returning for the fourth year, Pop-Up Art Loop's First Thursdays gallery walks showcase works from established and emerging artists. And this year, they have teamed up with the good people at Smilebooth to capture you having the time of your life

Pop-Up Art Loop offers an "Open Call to Artists and Curators"

This Open Call offer is an opportunity to showcase work in exciting, unique new exhibition sites in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Pop-Up Art Loop is currently seeking proposals from artists and curators for our 2013 Pop-Up Art Loop™ gallery locations.

How it Works

Unlike traditional galleries, Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop™ does not own or rent gallery space. Instead, they secure temporary exhibition sites inside vacant storefronts and public spaces. The locations range from windows that may be viewed 24/7 to storefront and interior spaces.

Beginning with three locations in 2009, the plan was to add new exhibition sites throughout Chicago’s central business district. There is no entry fee or rental fee to the artist. Each space is available thanks to the generosity of Loop property owners and the Chicago Loop Alliance.

Tonight's event was a huge success even with the rain sending people for the covered areas in the alley for a short time, the rain did not last and the event carried on.  For more information on this great organization check out this link:  Pop-Up Art Loop


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