DOWNTOWN — Music will fill stretches of Michigan Avenue as the city launches its Meet Me on the Mile event series Thursday.
The outdoor events, organized by the Magnificent Mile Association and city leaders, are meant to welcome people back to Downtown for shopping, dining and live performances. It’s also part of Open Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s initiative to reopen Chicago fully and safely.
The event launches with two free pop-up concerts Thursday.
From 4 to 7 p.m., Brian Patti and the Dixieland Dudes will play two, 45-minute sets at the Garden Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
From 5 to 7 p.m., Mariachi Ameca also will play two sets at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave.
The Thursday popup concerts will continue every two weeks through Sept. 30 and be accompanied by other “Meet Me on the Mile” events along Michigan Avenue. Acts for other concerts will be announced later.
On weekends, people can visit the “Sunday Spectacles” events with a day of activities, music, live art and more. Themes for those days include:
Aug. 15, Music and Motors: View classic cars on loan from Klairmont Kollections, including a 1973 Batmobile; enjoy music and dance performances, yoga and tai chi classes, live artists, temporary green spaces with lawn games and picnic spaces, story time for families and more.
Sept. 26, Mode, Marriage and Murals: Enjoy a lfresco dining, a fashion show featuring Magnificent Mile retailers, real-time marriages with pre-selected couples plus the chance to marry on site at the Wrigley Building and win a honeymoon package.
Oct. 24, Market and Makers: A fall festival with more details forthcoming.
All the Sunday Spectacles run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Musical acts like the Chicago Bears Drumline, the Gray Era Brass Band and others are also set to perform.
More information is available on the Magnificent Mile website.
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