DOWNTOWN — The second and final installment of this summer’s Sundays on State happens Sunday.
The iconic Downtown street will close to traffic for the free event, which offers food and drink, performances, shopping and more 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on State Street between Adams and Lake streets.
Performances will be held across three stages throughout the day. Chicago historian Sherman “Dilla” Thomas, indie group Outronaut and Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues are among those scheduled to appear.
Featured DJs, some stemming from the House music circuit, include DJ Ron Carroll, DJ Erik Flash, DJ Adrienne Sanchez and DJs Twonwreck and Radiohiro.
Illinois Group Fitness and dance groups such as Ballet Folklorico de Chicago will be on hand to teach visitors fancy footwork, exercise routines and more.
Along with State Street’s regular shopping options, visitors can check out over 100 local vendors. From hair care products at My Crown My Glory, jewelry from Gosha Imports and skincare products from Asia’s Way Naturally, there’s something for every shopper at Sundays on State.
The first Sundays on State of the summer on July 16 drew more than 125,000 attendees, with 42 percent more pedestrian traffic within the event’s boundaries compared to the same Sunday in 2022, according to event data from the Chicago Loop Alliance.
According to the Chicago Loop Alliance, 67 percent of participating businesses in the July event were minority-owned, 77 percent were women-owned and 12 percent were LGBTQ+-owned.
“Sundays on State is meant to accelerate the economic recovery of the Loop, unite the community, positively shape the perception of the Loop, and create joy,” organizers said in a statement.
When you register for the event online, you’re automatically enrolled in a raffle for a $1,000 Loop staycation package.
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