The latest social casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic is a new but popular Rogers Park festival of chalk art, which had been scheduled for July 18. Organizers said the event was cancelled out of “an abundance of caution,” and that it will return next year.
Dubbed “Chalk Howard Street” and billed as “Chicago’s premier chalk art festival,” the event was to return for its second year this summer, presenting internationally renowned 3D street artists and local 2D chalk artists, as well as emerging artists, live music and entertainment, according to organizers.
Chalk Howard Street was sponsored by the Rogers Park Business Alliance, and the Howard Street Special Service Area #19, a business improvement district managed through RPBA and by a team of Commissioners representing local businesses.
The festival was to feature artists from all over the country, including Chicago-based Nate Baranowski.