ACTIVATE transforms iconic Loop alleys into pop-up urban experiences. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events feature art, music, and more in unique urban settings.
Art. Music. People. Alleys.
ACTIVATE is not a festival. It’s an interactive exhibition of art and culture that takes place over the course of five nights from June through September.
The best things in life are free, and so is ACTIVATE. You don’t have to pay to get in, and we’ve kept beer and wine prices affordable.
The 2017 ACTIVATE theme, Off Street, invites the public to explore the pulse of daily life that the alley embodies. Art and programming will focus on a different aspect of alley life for each event. The first event in the summer series, Playground – The Rec Room of the Block, explores the alley as a play space. Far more than a piece of infrastructure that serves practical functions, the alley is a gathering place—the “rec room of the block,” as architect Dan Weese says. Curators Missy Perkins and John Ibarra with Que4 Radio have created a lineup of activities and installations that evoke summertime alley fun:
- A breakdancing battle presented by Power Style Radio with mixmaster DJs Moz Definite and Illanoiz, emceed by Power Style Radio founder and host Kid Jungle
- Interactive black light mural and projection mapping art installation by Jane Georges
- Professional ping-pong players (body painted by Hatek) ready to challenge the audience, courtesy of SPIN Chicago
- A pop-up barber shop with Rico Sepeda from Joe’s Hair Studio
- A skate jam hosted by skater and youth mentor Junebug and Bucktown’s Uprise Skateshop
The event will also feature music by Ifficial Reggae Movement and the Four Star Brass Band; DJ and muralist Roho Garcia; Bare Strokes body painting with Dwight White, Marcus Sumrall, and Barrett Keithley; and murals painted by Chris Orta, Jose Quezada, and Raul Ra.
The event will take place on June 15, 2017 and is free for admission. For more information, visit: loopchicago.com/activate