Chicago's Open Streets Celebration Invites Everyone to Come Play in the Street on State Street.

Chicago's Open Streets Celebration Invites Everyone to Come Play in the Street on State Street.

Thursday, September 8, 2011.  On Saturday, October 1 visitors and Chicagoans alike can dance, bike, skate and more in the street...not just any street but State Street in the heart of Chicago's Loop.  Seven blocks of State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren will be closed to traffic and open to fun for five hours from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at Open Streets family friendly event presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting.

Open Streets provides a fun and safe public space where all ages can participate in a variety of activities.  Although, a first for the Windy City, similar car-free events are 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 recreational programming being offered at this free of charge event includes:

A 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.

An Imagination Playground:

Children, ages 3 and older, can explore a 500-square-foot movable playground that includes blocks, crates, carts, sand and water.

A scavenger hunt:

Discover the “hidden gems” of State Street and learn about the Loop’s history and architecture through this urban scavenger hunt and win prizes.

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.

A dunking booth:

Settle the score the old-fashioned way: by sending someone splashing into 500 gallons of water.

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. There is no admission charge or tickets required for Open Streets on State Street--just come and join the fun.

For more information, please visit OpenStreetsOnStateStreet.org or call 312  782-9160.

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