An all night party called Looptopia will be coming to Chicago in May of 2007. Chicago has become one of the prettiest cities in America with all it’s new planting and flowers but now its time to party. Sounds like it going to be the world hippest block party. Stores will stay open but not the Merc or the CBOT. There will also be dancers and entertainers roaming the streets. Sounds fun. Here’s more on the celebration.

Seems the servers at looptopia are down but the fun started today and continues all weekend. Here are some of the festivities.

May 11th at 5:00 pm marks the start of Chicago city event Looptopia, a dusk-til-dawn evening of theatre, music, spectacle, visual art, late night shopping and so much more, all in downtown Chicago’s Loop District. Hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance, Looptopia boasts an extensive schedule of events, with programming to appeal to people from all walks of life.

Some scheduled events include:

  • Live concerts, comedy improv and dance performances throughout the Loop
  • Art and design exhibitions that include do-it-yourself mural projects
  • “Opera Idol,” hosted by the Chicago Opera Theatre
  • An outdoor silent dance party that uses individuals headphones and live-feed video projections
  • Shadow games with large scale projections and puppetry performances
  • Special restaurant and hotel offers
  • Miss Looptopia pageant, featuring local drag celebrities
  • Yoga classes
  • Knitting circles
  • Late night retail shopping
  • Docent-led architectural tours from dedicated elevated trains conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation

5 p.m.: Beat it.
Local dance group Brickheadz kicks the night into high gear with an explosive, 30-minute, don’t-try-this-at-home set featuring breakdancing, acrobatics and a DJ. 1. S. Dearborn St.

5 p.m. Break a sweat.
Don’t miss the six-hour dance party (5 p.m.-11 p.m.) that performance collective MFchicago is throwing at the Sullivan Dock (formerly the Carson Pirie Scott store). DJ Paul Johnson headlines with VJs Big Mini and 3PhaZe. Also, see audio-video act Brobot, techno act Monologic, DJ Adonis with VJ Video Janitor, Shudder Inc, hip-hop duo Jagoff, 0+1=everything and more. State and Madison Streets.

5 p.m. Take a peek.
Been waiting for a chance to recreate Ben Stiller’s role in “Night at the Museum”? Here it is: The Art Institute of Chicago is open until midnight to showcase the final night of the “Cezanne to Picasso” exhibit. General museum admission is free; $18 for “Cezanne” exhibit.

6 p.m. Drink up.
Sip Looptinis from a cash bar and fawn over local drag queens–including Miss Millennium Park, Miss Block 37, Miss Lower Wacker Drive and (our favorite) Miss Underground Pedway–vying for the title of Miss Looptopia. Includes a drawing for Gwen Stefani and Stevie Nicks concert tickets, plus a Looptopia “survival pack” with an event map and schedule, CDs, a specialty drink coupon and more. Crowning ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

6:45 p.m. Crack up.
Looking to hook up with a cute artsy type? Don’t miss Monika Ekks’ 30-minute comedy, “Who Gets the Privilege of Disappointing Me Next?” The show blends poetry, stand-up and romantic ponderings on the subject of finding love. The Plaza at Chase Tower, Dearborn and Monroe Streets.

8 p.m. Moon ‘em.
You’ve made a spectacle of yourself on a Friday night before, but this week you can leave it to the pros. See signature mechanicals from Redmoon Theater, including the “rat wheel,” elaborate costumes and more, till 11 p.m. 1. S. Dearborn St.

8 p.m. Rock out.
Bobby Conn leads the pack of indie rockers playing sets at Daley Plaza. The Ponys (8:45 p.m.) and the self-proclaimed “astounding circus punk marching band” Mucca Pazza (9:45 p.m.) keep things rocking till 10:15 p.m.

9 p.m. Get in tune.
Turkish clarinet player Selim Sesler makes his Chicago debut with his orchestra for a performance of traditional Turkish wedding songs. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center.

10 p.m. Cut it short.
Goodman Theatre stages 11 shorts from acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Park’s “365 Days / 365 Plays” series. The twist? They’re performed in not-so-typical places inside Theater District mainstay the Goodman Theatre, including the main lobby, grand staircase and second-floor lounge Club Mezz. Cash bar.

10 p.m. Kick back.
Latin American ensemble Los Guitarristas kick off four hours of music in a makeshift jazz lounge inside the swanky Chicago Theatre lobby. The DePaul Jazz Trio (11 p.m.), Transport (midnight) and Rachel Charson Quintet (1 a.m.) also perform. Cash bar.

11 p.m. Stretch it out.
Hey, night owl, time to give your wings a stretch: Bloom Yoga Studio leads a midnight session with live music. Millennium Room, Chicago Cultural Center.

1:15 a.m. Lap it up.
Canada-based electronic artist Shaw-Han Liem, a.k.a. I Am Robot and Proud, delivers a melodic set using laptops and other electronic music-makers. Check out his sound: myspace.com/iamrobotandproud. Claudia Cassidy Theater.

2 a.m. Space out.
UFOs have landed and the Loop is under attack. Red Bull overdose? Never. It’s the Insomniacs Attack the Loop! film program. Take in screenings of “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (2 a.m.), “It Came from Outer Space” (3:30 a.m.) and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (4:50 a.m.). Chicago Cultural Center.

3 a.m. Chill out.
Rest your eyes and ears with classical Indian music by Nishat Khan, Nitin Mitta and Emmanuel Masongsong, playing sitar, tabla and tampura. Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center.

4:30 a.m. Flash it.
Grab a flashlight and take an early morning tour of the Cultural Center’s hidden corners with Chicago’s cultural historian Tim Samuelson. Randolph Street lobby, Chicago Cultural Center.

5 a.m. Rise and shine.
A sunrise celebration at Millennium Park Promenade brings Looptopia to a close. Highlights: the Rhythmunity Drum Trio (5 a.m.), yoga (5:30 a.m.), breakfast (5:30 a.m.) and a performance by the First United Methodist Choir (6:30 a.m.). For especially perky types: Equinox leads an hourlong cardio session (7 a.m.). Psst … we’ll be en route to the nearest 7 a.m. bar (Old Timer’s Restaurant and Lounge).

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