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Beer, Reggae, Breakdance Battle Part of Loop Alley Party Thursday

 A scene from August's
A scene from August's "Activate" party in the Loop.
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THE LOOP — Beer, live reggae and breakdance battles are all part of a free alley party in the Loop Thursday night. 

The Chicago Loop Alliance will resume its summer "Activate" parties at 5 p.m. Thursday near the landmarked Sullivan Center, 16 E. Monroe St. 

Thursday's party near State and Monroe streets will include beer and wine, a pop-up barber shop, body painting, live music and a breakdance battle. Guests can also watch a "skate jam," matches between professional pingpong players and an interactive "black light" mural. 

Those who RSVP online are eligible for a free drink ticket. 

For the first time, the party will be signified with "the portal," or a huge image showing "characters and images" from the alley's past. 

A rendering of the portal. [Provided]

Thursday's party near State and Monroe is the first in the Loop Alliance's monthly summer series, now in its fifth year. Future parties, with exact locations yet to be announced, are scheduled for July 26, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28. 

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