Open Streets returns Sept. 15

July 31, 2013|By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins | RedEye

It might as well be called Chicago’s really, really big block party.

Open Streets, Chicago’s pedestrian playground event that closes down streets to promote healthy recreation, returns Sept. 15 to Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year the fest has expanded to Milwaukee Avenue, spanning almost 3 miles from Ashland Avenue to Logan Boulevard.

During the five-hour event, several free programs will be offered. Yoga instructors will lead classes every hour, a 500-gallon dunking booth will be there, and various old-fashioned relay races will be held.

“Open Streets Chicago returns with our longest route, nearly 3 miles of Milwaukee Avenue where thousands of people can take back the street and play—for free,” Open Streets director Julia Kim said in a press release. “We’re encouraging people to ride bikes, take a stroll, skate and experience the vibrant Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square communities.”

Open Streets bills itself as a safe, car-free space where communities can interact, exercise and engage with local businesses.

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