Mobile Journalism

Chicago’s Open Streets

Open Streets creates safe public space on car-free streets. This free event—was held on Saturday, Sept. 8 on State and Monroe streets in Chicago’s Loop—promoted community culture, provided a chance for families to get out and have fun, and allowed everyone to experience the Loop in a new and exciting way.

In addition to the extraordinary opportunity to navigate a couple of Chicago’s historic downtown streets, Open Streets in the Loop offered a variety of healthy and fun activities, including a mobile skate park, yoga, and relay races.

A host of Loop businesses offered discounts at local restaurants, retail locations, entertainment destinations, and other businesses both during and after the event.

Open Streets in the Loop is an initiative of Chicago Loop Alliance in association with Active Transportation Alliance.

Michelle Burns, a volunteer for Open Streets, talks about why she volunteered for the event in the South Loop Chicago.

Ethan Spots, Marketing Director for Active Transportation Alliance, talks about Chicago’s South Loop Open Streets festival September 8, 2012

Ethan Spots, Marketing Director for Active Transportation Alliance, talks about Chicago’s South Loop Open Streets festival September 8, 2012

Kim Werst, volunteer for Active Transportation Alliance, addresses what Open Streets means for the public.

Emma Zimmerman, Marketing Intern for Chicago Loop Alliance, talks about Chicago’s South Loop Open Streets event.

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