9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ the Historic Water Tower on Michigan Avenue
This Sunday, August 15, head downtown to The Magnificent Mile for the first Meet Me on The Mile “Sunday Spectacle,” with a section of Michigan Avenue closed off for pedestrians and free programming. This event will take place by the Historic Water Tower on closed Michigan Avenue between Chicago Avenue and Pearson Street with a variety of activities for all ages.
For the entirety of the day, guests can view antique automobiles from private collections parked on Tower Court, hear live music from the Chicago Bears Drumline brought to you by The Pride Stores, Mariachi Ameca, and Tubad & the Kings of Nola, or check out additional programming including Tai Chi and a Silent Disco Yoga class, story hours with Cinderella and Elsa by the Water Tower “castle,” a PAWS event, live artists, temporary greenspace, and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities with the Avenue’s famous architectural highlights – as well as Chicago City Star Sculptures!
These “Sunday Spectacles” will take place monthly along The Mag Mile into the Fall, with additional events on September 26 and October 24.
Sunday, August 15 | Schedule of Events*
Music on The Mile | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Michigan Avenue Stage
Family friendly programming starts at 9:00 a.m., with the headlining musical acts starting at 11:00 a.m. on closed Michigan Avenue.
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Performance by the Chicago Bears Drumline brought to you by The Pride Stores
- 1:00 – 2: 45 p.m.: Performance by Mariachi Ameca
- 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Tubad & The Kings of Nola led by tuba player Amir Gray
Motors on Mile | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Tower Court
“Motors on The Mile,” is a display of five antique automobiles, lined up on the east lane of Tower Court for photo opportunities throughout the day. Four of the five vehicles are on display from private collectors, and the fifth automobile, a 1946 Packard Clipper, is on display courtesy of event sponsor, The Peninsula Chicago.
- 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer: Almost from the company’s founding in England in 1906, Rolls-Royce has set the world standard for automobile luxury. Built in Springfield, Massachusetts, during the period 1921 – 1926 when the British company operated a factory there, this automobile is representative of those that were recognized by aristocracy around the world as the finest motor car of its day.
- 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourister Phaeton: Augie and Fred Duesenberg founded the Duesenberg Motors Company in 1913 to build engines and racing cars. Acquired by Chicago industrialist E.L. Cord in 1925, Duesenbergs soon became recognized around the world as the car with top quality engineering, elegant styling, and, perhaps most distinctly, top performance. This Model J is capable of acceleration more than 100 mph.
- 1934 Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster: The Packard Motor Car Company outsold all other luxury brands combined when this car was built. Founded in 1899 by brothers James and William Packard, the company grew into one of America’s strongest industrial companies, building military engines during WWII, and became the only independent American luxury car manufacturer to survive the Great Depression.
- 1946 Packard Clipper: A perk for hotel guests and newly wedded couples, guests of The Peninsula Chicago can rent this vintage 1946 Packard for the day. The Peninsula Hotels world-wide continue to diversify its fleet, to offer more destination-specific, regionally authentic modes of transport. These additions allow hotel guests to experience the sights and sounds of their host cities from a different, more immersive perspective than they would from a luxury automobile. Some of these transport options reflect long-time local traditions.
- 1947 MG-TC Roadster: Only 10,001 MG – TCs were manufactured from 1945 until 1949. This iconic car has been credited with starting the sports car craze in America and, with its wooden dash and vintage styling, is still among the most popular British cars for collectors, vintage car race drivers, and automobile aficionados who just love driving.
Movement on The Mile | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at various locations
- 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Tai Chi by Annelise Senkowski in Jane Bryne Park (free): All ages are welcome to greet the day during “Meditate on The Mile,” a peaceful Tai Chi class led by local instructor Annelise Senkowski of Chicago Tai Chi.
- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Silent Disco Yoga on Michigan Avenue (ticketed): Paying homage to Chicago as the birthplace of house music, we're partnering with Deep House Yoga to feature a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor class on closed Michigan Avenue! This event is presented by Meet Me on The Mile series sponsor Lifeway Foods, America’s favorite kefir company. With the Historic Water Tower as the backdrop, class attendees will plug into the beats by DJ Alissa Jo with Sound Off wireless headphones. Come for the stillness and silence, to the sweaty flow and blissful beats for class led by two of Chicago's best instructors, Katy Hanlon and Rebecca Ryan. Tickets are required for Silent Disco Yoga at Meet Me on The Mile, as space is limited. Reservations ensure a pair of Sound Off wireless headphones and free snacks. Participants must bring a personal own yoga mat, water, and good vibes! Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Michigan Avenue stage. Instruction begins at 9:30 a.m.
Marvel on The Mile | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Michigan Avenue
- City of Chicago – Freestanding Chicago Star Sculptures: Four, 10-foot tall Chicago Flag Stars representing our City’s flag, conceptualized by HDR and refined and constructed by Chicago Scenic Studios.
Makers on The Mile | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Jane Bryne Park and on Pearson Street
- Times vary per artist: Featured plein air artists Antoinette Alcazar (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), Maxwell Gray (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m), Susan Volks (12: 00 – 4:00 p.m.) and Valerie Vargas (12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) creating live paintings in Jane Byrne Park and on Pearson Street.
- 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Artist Mary Ellen Niles will be creating free Caricature Portraits on a first-come first-serve basis, stationed in Jane Byrne Park.
- 11:00 a.m. – 3: 00 p.m.: Artist Melanie Laine will set-up to create free beautiful, Chicago-themed temporary tattoos for all ages on a first-come first-serve basis, stationed on Pearson Street.
Mutts on The Mile | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Jane Byrne Park
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m: Six Point Pet will be on site selling Chicago-themed and local artist-inspired collars, leashes and treats for four-legged friends.
- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: PAWS Chicago will be set-up throughout the day and will host a, “Puppies on Parade” event with dogs from 11:00 a.m. – 2: 00 p.m. in Jane Byrne Park. Dogs present at the event are up for adoption at a later date, and interested visitors can obtain information about the PAWS adoption process.
More on The Mile | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at various locations
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Meet Me on The Mile sponsor, Walgreens, will host a pop-up vaccine clinic for attendees. Flu & COVID vaccines will be administered to anyone interested in receiving either on site. Given the increase in COVID cases with the rise of the Delta variant, MMA is proud to support Walgreens in providing opportunities to stay protected thru vaccination.
- 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Story Hours with Cinderella and Elsa! Join storybook favorite, Cinderella, and everyone's favorite ice princess, Elsa, for live story time in Jane Bryne Park, located on the temporary greenspace in front of the fountain. Cinderella and Elsa will sit in the “castle,” on the steps of the Historic Water Tower for this picturesque storybook moment.
Food & Beverage | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Jane Byrne Park and Pearson St.
- Lifeway Kefir (Jane Byrne Park): Stop by the Lifeway Foods tent all day, located in Jane Bryne Park, for free kefir samples.
- Lifeway Kefir Ice Cream Truck (Pearson St.): Made with the freshest ingredients, Lifeway Kefir's frozen kefir is a tart and tangy probiotic treat that will keep you cool in the summer heat. Each kefir swirl can be topped with an array of fresh fruit and nuts, indulgent sweets, rainbow sprinkles, or a combination of them all.
- Downstate Donuts (Jane Byrne Park) will bring their donut trike set-up on Pearson starting at 9:00 a.m. selling grab & go donuts and beverages until supplies last.
- Back of the Yards Coffee (Pearson St.): Cold brew coffee, fresh beans, and more from one of the only Latinx and woman-owned coffee companies in the nation
- Taylor's Tacos (Pearson St.): Selling from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., Taylors Tacos has Extra Juicy Chicken, Savory Steak, and Awesome AF Asparagus tacos on the menu!
*Please continue to check back for updates and additions. Programming and vendors are subject to chang