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Wondering what buzz is in Union Square? We’ve gathered all our local and national press coverage as well as our own news stories right here in one convenient place. By visiting, you’ll always be on top of the most recent Union Square news articles, events and developments without having to comb through the internet. As the retail and cultural center of San Francisco with strong ties to the city’s culinary and nightlife scenes, we’re often on the cusp of the hottest trends in the Bay Area. So, consider this your source for what’s new, hip and interesting in Union Square. We post regularly, as new stories come out.

Winter Walk SF Launches

November 20, 2014

Union Square SF Presents Winter Walk SF

A Festive Open Plaza with a Spectacular New Holiday Light Art Show

New Downtown Pedestrian-Only Holiday Plaza Debuts with Nightly Light Art Show, Carolers, Live Music and Off the Grid Food Trucks Open through Jan. 1

Union Square SF (visitunionsquaresf.com) Mayor Lee and the Central Subway Team are creating an inviting, open plaza on Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis for one month to celebrate the holidays in a spectacular fashion with a stunning light art show, regular live performances, food trucks and other holiday merriment. For a full list of events visit WinterWalkSF.com.

Winter Walk SF will be open to the public from November 28, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Visitors will find an inviting, open space and daily events and celebrations. Glowing seating, artificial turf and warm lighting will create a welcoming atmosphere for locals and visitors to enjoy.

“The Central Subway project is part of a larger vision to create a world-class transportation system for our world-class City,” said Mayor Lee. “During this holiday season, our City will ensure we provide a safe and pleasurable experience by suspending the Central Subway Line construction in Union Square to create a Winter Walk for all our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Each night a spectacular light art show will be projected on the Macy's Men's Building in which Jack Frost has adventures in San Francisco and spreads festive icicles throughout the City. The show is being imaged by Immersive SF and their team of local artists, including Mike and David Dutton, who co-created the first animated Google doodle video. It will be projected daily from 5 pm-midnight, Dec. 1 - Jan. 1. In addition, live performances such as caroling, instrumental music and other surprises will take place on a weekly basis.

Off the Grid will provide a diverse selection of lunch and dinner options through their collection of top food trucks such as Senor Sisig, Bacon Bacon, Little Green Cyclo, Curry Up Now and more. Trucks will be present every other day of the week (11-2 pm Mon. Wed. Fri. Sun. & 5-8 pm Mon. Fri. Sun.), as well as three special night events with live music (6-8 pm on 12/3, 12/10, 12/17) and a Christmas Eve lunch party (Dec. 24, 12-4 pm).

Macy’s will offer a special Concierge Desk each weekend on the Winter Walk (Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11 am-8 pm) where visitors can pick up a holiday brochure, the Union Square Map & Guide and get general questions answered about San Francisco and Union Square. Macy’s cosmetics experts will treat guests to a holiday makeup consultation every Saturday from 12-6 pm and offer free fragrance sampling. For a full list of Winter Walk Events, visit WinterWalkSF.com

The Winter Walk was designed by the Union Square BID’s volunteer Streetscapes Committee Chair Manuela Anne King and the team at RHAA, a landscape architecture firm based in the Bay Area. For more info visit RHAA.com.

Off the Grid markets are founded on the idea of bringing new and old communities together through a shared mobile food experience. Since 2010, Off the Grid has activated 33 unique spaces, creating outdoor lunch and dinner markets throughout the Bay Area. With quality and diversity in mind, Off the Grid collaborates with 175+ vendors on a weekly basis. Visit offthegridsf.com/markets for market schedules and vendor lineups. All ages and all taste buds welcome.

Immersive is a cutting edge production company that creates dynamic environments for events. They specialize in corporate AV, projection arts, custom content creation, architectural projection mapping, sculptural projector mapping, event lighting, sound, rigging and CAD drafted renders.

The Union Square Business Improvement District is made up of a vibrant and diverse 27-block community surrounding Union Square Park in San Francisco. Union Square is known for its eclectic mix of world-class fashion, dining, hospitality and entertainment. The Union Square BID seeks to improve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors to the area through maintenance and public safety measures, marketing, advocacy, beautification and capital improvement programs. For more information please visit us at www.visitunionsquaresf.com or find us on Facebook or twitter. 

A Day in the Life of a Union Square BID Ambassador

February 24, 2014

SFGate.com highlighted a day in the life of our lead Union Square BID Ambassador, Wayne Alexis, in this morning's edition of The City Exposed. Wayne's outstanding efforts help keep Union Square a beautiful and welcoming place to visit.

Bike Sharing Comes to Union Square

August 21, 2013

SF Streetsblog shared pictures yesterday of Bay Area Bike Share stations being installed throughout Downtown SF. Union Square will get 3 of these stations before the program officially launches on August 29. This handy map is a great guide to all stations being installed between Van Ness and the Embarcadero, and memberships are available now on the system’s website

Converse Opening in Union Square This June

May 21, 2013

SFGate.com recently unveiled details of the forthcoming stand-alone Converse store opening on Market Street this June. The brand plans to re-think the shopping experience, activating the store with performances by local bands and DJs and art installations by local artists. For more details on the store's plans, read the full article here

Union Square’s New Flagship Walgreens

May 21, 2013

Northern California's first-ever Flagship Walgreens store opened earlier this month in Union Square. With 18,000 square feet of retail space, the remodeled store features a high-end wine selection, a beauty boutique, pharmacy with personal consultation services, fresh and gourmet food selections in the UPMarket cafe and an extensive Ghirardelli Chocolate selection. For more details, read the San Francisco Business Times' coverage of the store's opening. 

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