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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Partner Organizations Unite and Activate Neighborhoods through Fun, Safe Play

Mar. 19, 2013

Community-Driven Spring Break Events Tackle Barriers to Neighborhood Play

Powered by the Partnership for a Healthier America, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

The Active Transportation Alliance, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago and World Sport Chicago, in partnership with eight community-based organizations, will encourage fun, safe play over Spring Break through the continuation of the Play Streets initiative launched last year by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Chicago Department of Public Health. Community-based organizations will lead local events to engage neighborhood residents.

At all of the events, spaces will be opened to the community for activities, games, sports, dance and play. Play Streets events are free; members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.


  • Old Irving/Albany Park
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, 11:00am – 3:00pm
    Irving Park YMCA
    4251 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL
  • Woodlawn
    Monday, March 25th, 2013, 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Dulles Elementary School
    Block 6300 of S. Calumet Ave, Chicago, IL)
  • Little Village
    Monday, March 25th, 2013, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
    Gary/Ortiz Elementary Campus
    Block 3000 of S. Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL
  • Washington Park
    Tuesday, March 26th 2013, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    S. Prairie St & E. Garfield Blvd
    Block 5500 of S. Prairie St
    Rain Location: Washington Park Field House
    5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr
  • Near North
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Stanton Park
    618 W. Scott St, Chicago, IL
  • Near West
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 12:00pm – 3:30pm
    Crane High School
    2245 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Lawn
    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
    Morrill Elementary School
    Block 6000 of S. Rockwell St, Chicago, IL
  • Englewood
    Friday, March 29th, 2013, 11:00am – 2:00pm
    S. Peoria St & W. 63rd St
    Block 6200 S. Peoria St, Chicago, IL
    Rain Location: Salvation Army Red Shield Center
    945 W. 69th St, Chicago, IL

Play Streets events in Chicago aim to tackle the various barriers to play including: promoting safety, opening public spaces, changing sedentary habits and providing resources and technical support for community-based organizations to facilitate play. The Chicago network will promote fun, healthy living, safer blocks and community cohesion.

The Chicago events this year will be among the first of a national, year-long movement to get community members outside and active. Play Streets events are taking place in ten cities across the country.

Local community-organizers include: Beyond the Ball (Little Village), YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago (Albany Park\Old Irving), Near North Unity Program (Near North), Near West Side Community Development Corporation (Near West), Network of Woodlawn’s Public Safety Alliance (Woodlawn), Quad Communities Development Corporation (Washington Park), Southwest Organizing Project (Chicago Lawn) and Teamwork Englewood (Englewood).

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