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Open Streets Chicago 2012

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Chicagoans flooded State Street on Saturday, September 8th for Open Streets Chicago, a free event intended to let attendees experience the Loop without the presence of traffic. The event, sponsored by the Chicago Loop Alliance and the Active Transportation Alliance included a myriad of activities such as chalk drawing, rock climbing, fencing and a mobile skatepark.

“This is our second year, and we’re just trying to promote bringing people to the Loop and enjoying State Street in a different way,” said Emma Zimmerman, a spokesperson for the Chicago Loop Alliance.


Chicago Open Streets 2012 – Dancing from Grace Cain on Vimeo.
Dancers followed an instructor’s lead and learned some new moves.

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Open Streets offered many activities for kids, such as sack races, hula hooping, relay races and a dunk tank.

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A mobile skate park thrilled skateboarders and onlookers alike.

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Mary Deoleo, a student at Harold Washington College, made several contributions to an assortment of chalk drawings on State Street.

“I really love just to see everybody out. It’s kinda nice to see people who live in Chicago on State Street,” Deleo said.

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