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SUNDAYS ON STATE 2021: RECAP

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SUNDAYS ON STATE 2021: RECAP

Chicago’s newest street festival has just come to an end.


It’s been less than 24 hours since the final Sundays on State event ended, and I’m already feeling a little bit of regret about it being over.

It was absolutely amazing to have had the opportunity to meet so many new people, live through so many experiences, and taste the myriad small businesses who are the beating heart of Chicago’s community.



And now it’s time to relive the magic and tell you about Sundays on State - the massive open-air street festival that made for a magical summer 2021 in Chicago.

When we first heard of it

As early as late March this year, news reports like this one…


wttw report on sundays on state

Image taken from the wttw website.


...started appearing, announcing that the Look Alliance was considering a mega open-air event in and around State Street throughout summer.

That’s a screengrab from the wttw website, by the way.


Around mid-June, ads and announcements like this one by the Gene Siskel Film Center began popping up all around.


Intrigued by the news reports and social media posts, we started visiting the Loop Alliance website, where we saw the new Sundays on State webpage.

That’s when we knew we were in for a treat!


The lineup for the very first Sundays on State - the July 11th event - was announced around late June.


abc7 chicago report about sundays on state.

Image taken from the abc7.chicago website.


That’s a screengrab from an ABC 7 Eyewitness News report titled “Chicago Loop Alliance holding free 'Sundays on State' events this summer”, dated June 25th.

How they described it

Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards billed the event as…

“...State Street like you've never experienced it before.”

Kiana DiStasi, the Alliance’s marketing director, said that the event was a chance for Chicagoans to…

“bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, and just chill out on the street during the day.”

Mayor Lightfoot said that it would help in…

“bringing together people from near and far to enjoy not only our dining scene, but active recreation, art, culture, music, shopping and more,”

And the CLA website had this to say:

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, closes to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transforms into an open street full of surprises.

How it worked

All told, there were eight Sundays on State events:

  • July 11th

  • July 18th

  • July 25th

  • August 8th

  • August 22nd

  • August 29th

  • September 5th

  • September 12th

On those Sundays, State Street was blocked to vehicles from Lake to Madison.



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SUNDAYS ON STATE 2021: RECAP

Chicago’s newest street festival has just come to an end.


It’s been less than 24 hours since the final Sundays on State event ended, and I’m already feeling a little bit of regret about it being over.

It was absolutely amazing to have had the opportunity to meet so many new people, live through so many experiences, and taste the myriad small businesses who are the beating heart of Chicago’s community.



And now it’s time to relive the magic and tell you about Sundays on State - the massive open-air street festival that made for a magical summer 2021 in Chicago.

When we first heard of it

As early as late March this year, news reports like this one…


wttw report on sundays on state

Image taken from the wttw website.


...started appearing, announcing that the Look Alliance was considering a mega open-air event in and around State Street throughout summer.

That’s a screengrab from the wttw website, by the way.


Around mid-June, ads and announcements like this one by the Gene Siskel Film Center began popping up all around.


Intrigued by the news reports and social media posts, we started visiting the Loop Alliance website, where we saw the new Sundays on State webpage.

That’s when we knew we were in for a treat!


The lineup for the very first Sundays on State - the July 11th event - was announced around late June.


abc7 chicago report about sundays on state.

Image taken from the abc7.chicago website.


That’s a screengrab from an ABC 7 Eyewitness News report titled “Chicago Loop Alliance holding free 'Sundays on State' events this summer”, dated June 25th.

How they described it

Loop Alliance President and CEO Michael Edwards billed the event as…

“...State Street like you've never experienced it before.”

Kiana DiStasi, the Alliance’s marketing director, said that the event was a chance for Chicagoans to…

“bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, and just chill out on the street during the day.”

Mayor Lightfoot said that it would help in…

“bringing together people from near and far to enjoy not only our dining scene, but active recreation, art, culture, music, shopping and more,”

And the CLA website had this to say:

Chicago’s most iconic street, State Street, closes to traffic from Lake to Madison on select Sundays this summer and transforms into an open street full of surprises.

How it worked

All told, there were eight Sundays on State events:

  • July 11th

  • July 18th

  • July 25th

  • August 8th

  • August 22nd

  • August 29th

  • September 5th

  • September 12th

On those Sundays, State Street was blocked to vehicles from Lake to Madison.



  BLOGS