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ACTIVATE will turn the Riverwalk into a futuristic art bazaar on June 7

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Kris Vire

ACTIVATE is coming out of the alleys and onto the Riverwalk for its first pop-up art party of 2018 on Thursday, June 7.

We already knew that one of this summer’s ACTIVATE events would be hosted somewhere on the Riverwalk, and that all of this year’s ACTIVATE parties would be united by the sci-fi-esque theme of (EVO)lution, with “EVO” referring to “a fictional muse representing all of the artistic intentions in Chicago that lead to the continuous evolution of the city’s modern-day arts and culture.” Today, the Chicago Loop Alliance revealed that the Riverwalk will be first up: the June 7 opening party for ACTIVATE’s fifth year will take place on the south edge of the river near Wabash Avenue and Wacker Drive.

Taking inspiration from the nearby site of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable’s 18th-century trading post, the event’s theme will be framed as “EVO’s Bazaar.” Look for several visual art installations, including a portrait of DuSable by artist Marco Miller, along with musical performances, roving entertainers, a silent disco from 8 to 10pm and “a free cotton candy wall,” all curated by artist collective Canvas Chicago. It’s free to attend, and you can RSVP online to get one complimentary drink ticket. Future ACTIVATE dates are July 12, August 16 and September 13; details on each will be announced on June 21, July 26 and August 30 respectively.

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