Open Streets FAQs


What is Open Streets? Open Streets creates safe public space for car-free streets. This free event—promotes community culture, provides a chance for families to get out and have fun, and allows everyone to experience historic Milwaukee Ave in a new and exciting way.


Who puts on Open Streets?


Open Streets is produced and funded by:

·         Active Transportation Alliance

·         Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce who provides funding from the WPB Special Service Area (SSA #33).

Open Streets is sponsored by:

·         Walgreen

·         ALDI

·         Revolution Brewing





Programming is donated by local nonprofits, businesses and community organizations.


The Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) is an advocate for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders in the Chicago region. Active Trans encourages transportation that promotes health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, please visit the tent at Wood or visit


How much does it cost to register?

Open Streets is free! No, there’s no registration. Just show up and have fun.


Will food and drinks be available?

Yes, there are restaurants along that strip of Milwaukee that will be open for business. ALDI, 1767 N Milwaukee, will be providing a free cookout, hot dogs and hamburgers, while supplies last.


How will Open Streets affect city traffic?

·         Milwaukee is closed, 8 AM -4 PM.

·         Open Streets event open 10AM – 3PM

·         Cars may pass through on Damen, Western, California, Fullerton and Sacremento.


Can I bring my dog?

Yes, as long as he or she is on a leash.


I don’t have a bike. Will bikes be available?

Yes, we will have free bike and bike helmet rentals. Bike N Roll- will be located just south of Damen Ave.


Is there a minimum age?

No, Open Streets is for all ages, though some of the activities may have age restrictions.


Will the shops and restaurants along Milwaukee be open as usual during the event?

Yes, the businesses will maintain their normal hours.


What if there is a security or medical emergency?

Active Trans has an in depth security and crisis communication plan and it is important you read and understand protocol for an emergency. Police Officers will be positioned at each major intersection. Volunteers in light blue Open Streets managers in orange Open Streets shirts will be along the route to call 911 in the event of an emergency and have radios for communicating with event organizers.


Event Timeline


·         8:00 am – Milwaukee Ave. closes to car traffic. 

·         10:00 am – Open Streets on Milwaukee Ave. begins! 

·         10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Tons of Fun and Active programs all along Milwaukee Ave. 

·         3:00 pmOpen Streets closes! 

·         3:00 pm – 4:00pm – Clean up and breakdown programs and installations.

·         4:00 pm – Milwaukee Ave.  re-opens to car traffic.