ACTIVATE YOURSELF! The Chicago Loop Alliance selected White Mystery and A Queer Pride to produce a free, public block party on Thursday, July 18, 5-10pm at 225 S. Wabash, Chicago IL.

Click here to RSVP for a free drink at ACTIVATE!

ACTIVATE the Symphony Center alley with the sensational spirit of drag. In celebration of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre, top drag queens and kings will perform iconic songs from beloved musicals, all in the majesty of larger-than-life pop art, inflatable sculptures, and eye-popping set designs. Play a part in the transformation with theatrical makeup and an interactive video booth, and revel in the sounds of House and techno DJs—all in the alley behind one of the Loop’s iconic theaters.

This event is 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.Guests who RSVP in advance will receive a free drink ticket, with additional beverages available for purchase onsite.

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. ACTIVATE brings people together for an evening of exploration, interaction and celebration in the public realm, inspiring guests to experience the Loop in a new way.

Elements of “ACTIVATE: Green Room” include:

·  Fashion and soft sculpture by Eda Birthing

·  Pop art illustrations exhibit by Draco

·  Projection alley by Sara Goodman

·  Interactive video booth by Unatronics

·  Sculptural stage set design by Steven Teichelman of Threefold

·  Makeup transformation stations by Auntie Heroine, Siichele and JForPay

·  Music by DJs Ariel Zetina and Miss Twink USA

·  Live model painting by Blick Art Materials

·  Installations by students in The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s summer ACTIVATE class, part of its Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects

·  Drag performances by:

o Bambi Banks Couleè

o Danika Bone’t

o Cleo Pockalipps

o Denali

o Aunty Chan

o Bella DeBalle

o Lucy Stoole

o Alexis Bevels


o Grelley Duvall

o Ari Gato

o Travis Fiero

o Pangaea

o That Bitch

o XO Carrington

o Girlboifriend

o Chanel Mercedes-Benz

o Alex Jenny

o Average

o Brian Bandura

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