Open Streets Chicago temporarily closes streets to vehicle traffic, so that people may use them for walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, skateboarding and more.
Open Streets is growing into a series of regular programs that will connect more communities, attract more residents, and bring more recreational opportunities to an even larger population.
Open Streets on State Street
On October 1, 2011, Open Streets on State Street closed State Street from Lake to Van Buren Streets and offered a variety of activities, including a mobile skate park, a dunk tank, four square, and more.
On September 8, 2012, the State Street event expanded by adding Monroe Street from State Street to the Lakefront Trail. The inaugural Open Streets Wicker Park/Bucktown was held September 16 along a 1.4-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue.