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The ACTIVATE summer pop-up event series has been canceled

The Chicago Loop Alliance won't host parties in unexpected locales in downtown Chicago this year.


For the past six years, summer in Chicago has brought pop-up events to unexpected locations throughout the Loop, taking over alleys, parking garages and even a portion of the Chicago Riverwalk. Unfortunately, the ACTIVATE event series won't return this summer—organizers the Chicago Loop Alliance announced in an email this morning that all programming originally scheduled for June through September has been canceled.

While organizers won't be able to hold the packed events in public spaces that they've become known for in the age of social distancing, the Chicago Loop Alliance is hoping to showcase its lineup of artists and sponsors in other ways this summer. "We can’t predict the future, but with the information currently available, we have decided to be flexible in our programming this year," Director of Planning Kalindi Parikh said in a statement.

The cancelation of the ACTIVATE event series is just the latest blow to Chicago's summer calendar, with city-produced festivities like the Chicago Blues Festival and the Chicago House Music Conference & Festival as well as annual street festivals like Taste of Randolph, the Silver Room Block Party and Maifest canceled in recent weeks. Last week also saw the postponement of Chicago Pride Fest (which will now take place over Labor Day weekend) and the Chicago Pride Parade (organizers do not yet have a replacement date).

We're continuing to keep a close watch on events and festivals as organizers adjust their plans for this summer. Head to our Chicago event cancelations list for the latest updates.

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