ACTIVATE is a popular annual series of pop-up arts programs launched in 2014 by Chicago Loop Alliance that transform alleys and other unexpected places into creative exhibition spaces. This public block party located in the Symphony Center alley embraced the sensational spirit of drag. In celebration of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre, top drag queens and kings performed iconic songs from beloved musicals, all in the majesty of larger-than-life pop art, inflatable sculptures, and eye-popping set designs. This event was curated by A Queer Pride and White Mystery as a project of the Chicago Loop Alliance Foundation and Presenting Sponsor The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Video by Paige Brunsen.
Photos by Diane Alexander White. Click here to see more!
June 15th, 2019 was our first “Over the Rainbow” skate night celebrating Pride moth! The ping pong social club became a roller rink for one night filled with colorful clothes, drinks, funky music, a fashion show, and skate performances. Skates were only $5 to rent, and the rink was packed. The floor was packed with people and watched over by Rink Guards from the Chicago Shred Union. It was a great turnout and we hope to see you all skating with us again!
The fifth annual Rock’n’Roll Market on Saturday, August 17 was a success! We had close to 5,000 attendees walk through the festival grounds at the East Room. With 59 vendors throughout, there was no shortage of vintage, handcrafted, and unique goods. The day featured performances by Hunx and his Punx, White Mystery, Blacker Face, Bev Rage and the Drinks, Click Bait, Dead Gremmies, Environmental Encroachment, DJ E2H2, and Tangerine Beats DJs. Thanks to everyone who attended this year, and we can’t wait for next year!
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Photos by Diane Alexander White, Olivia Wolf, and Madi Ellis. Click here or here to see more photos.
Join White Mystery at the 5th Annual Rock’n’Roll Market!
Do312 is taking over the East Room parking lot for the fifth year to pop up a one day Rock’n’Roll Market with DIY and vintage vendors alongside some of Chicago’s best rock DJs and musicians for an outdoor, all day affair. It’s also Do312’s 9th Birthday and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Donate $5 at the gate to receive a free decorate-it-yourself shopping tote! A portion of proceeds will help support local schools.