50 couples will get hitched at the car-free Mag Mile event “Mode, Marriages, and Murals”

A mariachi band plays at previous Meet Me on the Mile event that pedestrianized Michigan Avenue near the Water Tower.
A mariachi band plays at previous Meet Me on the Mile event that pedestrianized Michigan Avenue near the Water Tower.

Bummed that yesterday was the last day of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Sundays on State series, which pedestrianized That Great Street for shopping, dining, performances, and games? The good news is that there are some more fun-sounding car-free events planned for North Michigan Avenue.

I’m a little embarrassed that I somehow slept on this until now, but since July the Magnificent Mile Association and the city of Chicago have hosted Meet Me on The Mile, an outdoor activation series designed to draw foot traffic to local businesses and cultural institutions. One Sunday of the month, portions of the Mag Mile have been pedestrianized for “Sunday Spectacle” events, plus live entertainment in the plazas along the avenue, ranging from New Orleans-style jazz to mariachi to drumline to bluegrass.

The theme for the Meet Me on the Mile event on Sunday, September 26, from 9  a.m. to 5 p.m. is “Mode, Marriage, and Murals,” featuring a fashion pop-up show, chalk muralist, and dozens of wedding ceremonies on the car-free street. All day Michigan Avenue will be pedestrianized from Illinois Street to Wacker Drive, including the DuSable Bridge.

The Wigley Building sky bridge. Photo: Alex Blinstein via Google Maps
The Wigley Building sky bridge. Photo: Alex Blinstein via Google Maps

The centerpiece of the day will be 50 marriages performed under the sky bridge connecting the Wrigley Building towers. (Couples were previously chosen via a contest.) Another component of the day will be “mode(fashion),” with pop-up fashion exhibits. Artists will be creating works on site, and there will be live music and dance performances. During a “silent disco yoga” event, participants will list to music and instructions on headphones. There will also be family programming and outdoor dining.

The last Meet Me on the Mile event takes place on Sunday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Michigan between Pearson Street and Chicago Avenue, with activities TBA. Read more about the series here.

RSVP for Mode, Marriage and Murals here.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Would NYC’s Midtown Biz Leaders Write Off the Idea of a Car-Free Mag Mile?

|
Yesterday’s Active Transportation Alliance announcement submitting 20 streets for consideration as partial or total car-free spaces has already sparked a lively dialogue. Stories in the Tribune, Sun-Times, ABC, and DNAinfo have all examined whether or not the automobile-dominated status quo represents an appropriate allocation of public space. The boldest proposal on the Active Trans list […]

Mayor’s Office Nixes Car-Free Mag Mile, But May Embrace Other Ideas

|
Senior mayoral advisor David Spielfogel had some disappointing quotes in yesterday’s Sun-Times, arguing that “it doesn’t make sense” to make large streets like the Mag Mile car-free. However, that doesn’t mean innovative changes to major roadways are off the table. The car-free Boul Mich proposal by Transitized’s Shaun Jacobsen that inspired Active Trans to include […]

Eyes on the Street: Bikes Allowed on Ridge Avenue for One Day

|
The city of Evanston transformed Ridge Avenue for two miles yesterday for the annual Bike The Ridge, a car-free open streets event. Normally, Evanston bans bicycle riding on Ridge Avenue, a four-lane arterial through town, but not this past Sunday. Ridge Avenue could go on a road diet, swapping space for cars with space for […]