ACTIVATE the Chicago Riverwalk on June 7 with the muse, EVO, as your guide. Inspired by DuSable's historic trading post along the river, the event site will transform into a vibrant bazaar environment. EVO's Bazaar allows guests to experience Chicago's history and exist in its modern-day creative renaissance simultaneously. Enjoy art installations including a live tribute painting of DuSable, live music, dance performances, themed cocktails and plenty of ACTIVATE's signature surprise moments.
Event is free and open to the public. RSVP in advance for a free drink ticket (21+).
ACTIVATE is a popular annual series of pop-up arts programs launched in 2014 that transform alleys and other unexpected places into creative exhibition spaces. ACTIVATE brings people together for an evening of exploration, interaction and celebration in the public realm, inspiring guests to see the Loop anew.
This is the fifth annual ACTIVATE season, and the first time CLA has partnered with the same curatorial group for all four events. Canvas Chicago, the collective behind Voyager NYE and Sub Chroma, joined CLA in developing the season theme, “(EVO)lution.”
“(EVO)lution” refers to EVO, a fictional muse representing all of the artistic intentions in Chicago that lead to the continuous evolution of the city’s modern-day arts and culture. EVO is able to open portals to parallel universes, so each ACTIVATE event will see a location in the Loop transformed, with attendees transported to an alternate version of the same space.
Emily Dahlquist, associate director of Canvas Chicago, said Canvas makes for a great partner with CLA and the ACTIVATE series.
“We are skilled at transforming space and bringing people into a different environment that later leaves them inspired,” Dahlquist said. “With CLA’s dedication to placemaking and activating public space, we’re excited to inspire people in the Loop who live there, work there or use it as an axis point.”