Chicago Loop Alliance's pop-up party series returns to alleys and other unexpected downtown locations this summer, giving you a good reason to hang out on a street after work. Joining the city's celebration of the Chicago Year of Theater, all four ACTIVATE events will be centered around the local performing arts community, including drag performers, lighting designers, stage decorators, comedians and circus acts. The location of each party is typically announced a few weeks before the event takes place. Don't forget to RSVP for ACTIVATE to receive a complimentary drink ticket (good for beer, wine or cocktails) when you show up.
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I'm always searching for new, unique and fun events to attend during the summer that won't break the bank. Activate fits the bill perfectly. This summer, the Activate alley takeovers focus on the different senses. I went to the first one of the summer, Touch. Not sure what to expect, I RSVPed on Do312 ahead of time to earn my free beer and showed up the day of right before it officially started. We waited in line, but not for too long, then were let into the event.
The organizers entirely transformed this alley in the South Loop. When I think of the alleys in Chicago, I think of dumpsters, back entrances, and probably rats hanging around by the dumpsters. This alleyway felt like a grown up version of a play zone. For this event, there was a whole area set up with inflatable golden pillows probably six feet wide on a fake turf. Sponsor tents, a beer tent, an art area set up in a loading dock all made the space even more enticing. We got our free beers from Lagunitas and sat on the golden pillows. Of course we landed up bouncing around on them and eventually, several people started running through them to send them flying in every direction. Even though it rained a little, we still had a great time and I'd definitely go again.