The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, WPB SSA and Active Trans will bring the five-hour event to 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue — between Division Ave. and Western Ave. — on Sunday, September 16. Both events are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Open Streets events create a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage with the public. The event is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Bogota, Colombia, which holds its iconic “Ciclovia” event every Sunday of the year.

A sampling of the recreational programming being offered to the public, free of charge, at both Open Streets includes:


  •  Mobile skate park: While most public places prohibit skateboarding, Open Streets encourages people of all ages and ability levels to take lessons and watch professionals skate on this street course that includes ramps and a half pipe.
  • Imagination Playground: Children, ages 3 and older, can explore this award-winning, 500-square-foot movable playground that includes blocks, crates, carts, sand and water. This innovative playground encourages children and their families to pursue healthy, safe, and educational play.
  •  Climbing wall and slackline: A portable rock wall will allow participants’ to improve their climbing skills and the slackline will test their balance.
  •  Yoga classes: CorePower instructors will be on hand to lead yoga classes every hour.
  •  Dunking booth: Settle the score the old-fashioned way—by sending someone splashing into 500 gallons of water.
  •  Games: Four square and relay races are no longer just for the school playground. Get involved in these and try out some newer games like human tic-tac-toe.

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