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We don’t usually think of the chaotic, traffic-choked streets of the Loop business district as our first choice for a relaxing outdoor workout. Jumping back onto the curb to get out of the path of a speeding cab is probably the most common form of exercise practiced on those blocks.

But an event scheduled for tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. will change the character of the neighborhood completely (if temporarily), inviting fitness enthusiasts and families to see the Loop in a whole new light.

During Open Streets Chicago, car traffic will be cleared from State and Monroe streets to make way for biking, running and a full list of activities that includes Zumba classes, rock climbing, yoga, a 10-point health test, human tic-tac-toe and more. (Open Streets will make its way to Wicker Park/Bucktown on September 16.)

This year’s expanded event is free and is modeled after similar ones held in cities from New York to Los Angeles to Bogotá, Colombia. Discounted parking will be available in the Loop--which in itself is a marvel worth experiencing.  

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