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More pop-up play spaces coming to Chicago

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Active Trans, in partnership with World Sport Chicago and LISC Chicago, is excited to support a growing and vibrant use of public space by once again assisting in organizing PlayStreets events in Chicago this summer.

At a PlayStreets event, a city block is closed for three or more hours and the streets are transformed into physical activity block parties featuring sports, games, dancing and more.

A program of the Chicago Department of Public Health, PlayStreets is an initiative to help foster more physical activity for children in underserved neighborhoods.

“I want every child in every neighborhood to get out and enjoy their community this summer,” said Mayor Emanuel in a news release with the announcement. “PlayStreets provides our children and their families more opportunities to be active while having fun and staying safe while developing a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.”

150 PlayStreets events are scheduled across the city through the end of September.

Active Trans is partnering with 11 community-based organizations to organize and implement events across the city’s South and Southwest Sides. Gads Hill Center, a community-based family resource center, will help produce events on the north and west sides.

In addition to physical activity, events are designed to build community and be a part of making streets safer and neighborhoods more vibrant.

Read more about PlayStreets in this press release by the Office of the Mayor.