State Street was buzzing on Sunday with hundreds enjoying a block party at the Loop between Lake Stree and Madison Streets.
“It’s fun[and] Chissay Espana said.
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Dozens of vendors have provided food, art, and entertainment to locals and visitors, like Espana, who made the first trip to Chicago from Los Angeles.
“It’s great to see something different but even better, it’s great to see people getting out with their families after a whole year of being stuck indoors,” Espana said.
That’s the whole point of the celebration, launched by the Chicago Loop Alliance, which is hoping to bring people back to the business-focused area that once felt like a ghost town during the pandemic.
Shops and restaurants in the area have enjoyed a hit without the traditional business day spike.
Even with The weather was gloomy last week, organizers said they were closer to their goal of having 25% more people on State Street last Sunday than on the same day in 2019.
For this week, the Chicago Loop Alliance hopes to hit that goal.
Ahmer Sultan and Demy Shahata were among those enjoying the party after moving to Chicago amid the pandemic.
“Since things started opening, it’s started to look a bit more like the Chicago that I see in pictures and videos,” said Shahata.
With people coming from all over the city, they will enjoy more than just the Loop.
“Whenever I came here before, we would think they were all shopping tourists, but now I see people who seem to be their home,” added Sultan. “Everybody is smiling and having a good time and being open-minded.”
Sundays on State run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 25 and August 8, 22, and 29.
For more information about the festivals, visit loopchi Chicago.com/events/sundays-on-state.
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