Chicago will close three of its busiest streets this summer to make way for alfresco dining and live music, officials said, in a bid to bring the city back to life after the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic .
Michigan Avenue, LaSalle Street and State Street will all close on certain days over the next several months, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week.
“Meet Me on The Mile” is a collection of activations along Michigan Avenue in the summer and fall that includes shows, family activities, outdoor dining and shopping, the mayor’s office said.
We are delighted to invite visitors to Mag Mile this summer to experience its vibrancy and magic in new and surprising ways with “Meet Me on The Mile,” said Dan Russell, President of the Magnificent Mile Association.
On Tuesdays during lunchtime this summer, Chicago will begin “Lunch on LaSalle”, blocking LaSalle Street in front of the Board of Trade building for outside dining.
On State Street from Madison to Lake, the city’s Sundays on State will close cars for shows and outdoor dining every Sunday starting July 11.
According to Chicago officials, the performances will feature a wide range of art forms, including a jokey record, dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, Irish dancers, jazz bands and air shows, among others.
“Sundays on State” will provide the perfect opportunity to connect and celebrate as the city continues its full reopening and recovery, ”said Michael Edwards, president and CEO of the Chicago Loop Alliance.
The New Roadmap for Central City Recovery is a plan by the mayor’s office and other Chicago leaders to improve the city’s economy after the impacts of the pandemic over the past year.
Chicago, along with the rest of Illinois, has entered a full reopening and Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan, removing capacity limits and most coronavirus mitigation measures.
“Our city cannot fully recover from the pandemic until the cultural, business and financial engines that power our economy are able to return to full capacity,” Lightfoot said.