CHICAGO — The Living Loop Performing Arts Festival will use city performers to lighten up the Loop for 12 weeks starting Friday.
The festival will feature weekly performances from dancers, musicians and more, including a group called Adventure Sandwich that bills itself as a "live-action cartoon." Each event will be held during lunchtime on Fridays except on July 4 and Aug. 1, though there will be a special performance Aug. 2.
Performances will be held at outside venues throughout the Loop.
The first performance group — Hubbard Street 2 — nurtures young dancers and prepares them for professional careers. It performs from noon-1 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St.
Times and venues for subsequent events will be announced on the festival's website.
"Placemaking and place management are key priorities for Chicago Loop Alliance, and The Living Loop is a continuation of our efforts to enliven public spaces downtown," Michael Edwards, Chicago Loop Alliance executive director, said in a news release.
Friday: Hubbard Street 2, noon to 1 p.m. at Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St.
June 13: Parlour Tapes+
June 20: Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts
June 27: TBA
July 11: Hugh Lee
July 18: Solaire
July 25: Adventure Sandwich
Aug. 2: The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Aug. 8: Chicago Q Ensemble
Aug. 15: ROOMS
Aug. 22: M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Aug. 29: Antony & The Tramps
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