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Chicago Loop Alliance Cancels Summer Event Series Due To Coronavirus

The organization's ACTIVATE events bring together thousands of people in the Loop to listen to music, watch artists, eat and drink.

An artist paints during a 2018 ACTIVATE event in the Loop.
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Loop Alliance has canceled its popular summer event series, ACTIVATE, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ACTIVATE events were set to be held once monthly June through September in alleys around the Loop. The Chicago Loop Alliance opted to cancel all of the events due to health concerns as the virus is still spreading in Chicago, according to a press release.

In the past, ACTIVATE has taken over alleys with themed events where people could listen to live music, watch artists perform, eat food and drink.

But the events attract thousands of people, which worried organizers amid the pandemic.

Instead, the group is looking to create a “new placemaking project more appropriate for the current climate,” according to a press release.

Many other organizations have canceled or postponed summer events due to the crisis.

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