CHICAGO (CBS) Instead of boarded-up windows this summer, the heart of Chicago’s streets will close, but this time for space to have fun and dine out.

As part of Chicago’s Recovery Roadmap, the city announced that this summer Michigan Avenue, LaSalle and State Street will all have stretches of street closures for outdoor dining, art programs and other pop-up events – inviting residents and tourists alike downtown.

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“Sundays on State” is set to launch on July 11 and will make State Street from Madison Street to Lake Street an open street every Sunday. There is a wide range of music and cultural performances, as well as outdoor dining and on-street retail. You can sign up for updates at LoopChicago.com/Sundays.

Illustrative view of upcoming street activation. Rendering by HDR, courtesy of the city

With the help of major civic organizations, the city will also activate “Meet Me On The Mile” on the Magnificent Mile stretch of Michigan Avenue, which will feature art installations on top of other family activities.

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“Lunch on LaSalle” will turn parts of LaSalle Street on various Tuesdays into a dining boulevard.

Illustrative view of upcoming street activation, image courtesy of the city

These events will also allow office workers and residents a place to connect after this challenging year, Micheal Edwards, CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance President said. Last summer, both COVID-19 restrictions and the civil unrest emptied the loop.

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“Taken together, these initiatives and collaborative approach to economic recovery will help our downtown and our city become stronger and more resilient than ever before,” Mayor Lightfoot said in the release.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff