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HUG is an ongoing project by Aurora Tabar and Sara Zalek that encourages love and healing through touch. Every week we hug continuously for an hour in downtown Chicago, usually during the lunch hour. We’ve worn red. We’ve worn yellow. We have a sign. It says “HUG”. And there are flyers hanging from in on each side saying, “please take one.” The flyer is 2-sided and says:

Hug #41 Logan Square, Mother's Day

Hug #41 Logan Square, Mother's Day


Reaching out to touch someone is a lasting symbol of what it means to be human and a universal sign of healing.

So take a moment, today, any day, to stop, to breathe, to reach out, to hug someone!

by doing so you will cultivate  compassion, peace, joy, friendliness, and happiness in yourself and all around!

Every week we hug in a different location downtown. While we hug we converse with people about what we are doing and why. Sometimes people hug one another and sometimes they hug us. Some people are intrigued and excited while others are confused or put-off. We stand in peace and love, offering ourselves and others this respite, this reminder, this feeling.

Our hugs thus far have been edifying and inspirational. This blog is an attempt to record and share our experiences as well as our interactions with passersby through writing, drawings, and photographs. Most importantly, this is just one more way for us to spread the word about the power of hugging.

Share the Hugs!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Denise permalink
    October 14, 2010 3:03 am

    I think you have an interesting project going on. I saw you on Adams Street today and thought at first something might be wrong. Then I realized and you smiled at me. I have to admit, it seems a bit bizarre, but I admire your courage and your message. Every day a girl at work gives me a hug, and I look forward to it. I do know the power of a hug. Might I suggest that you do something like…perhaps a world record group hug? Perhaps you can blog about what the hug does for you, and how it effects you in a positive way. Maybe you can get other people to share how a hug makes them feel. How about ways in which a hug can replace anger at a child or lover…
    Well, I’m just rambling on here. I read your comments about the vulgur things guys say. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is anything anyone can do to change how some men behave. But keep on huggin!

    • October 15, 2010 2:29 pm

      Thanks Denise! I hope you see us again and Hug us and continue to share the joy you’ve found in hugging! And I do hope you continue to read our blog too, because we write every week and share how the hugs have influenced us in so many positive ways. Its all good! Hug on ❤ OO

    • January 15, 2011 12:47 am

      Thank You Fern! Good to be seen on a cold morning commute. It was hard to resist the urge today to say “Quick – everybody- Hug!” while the crowds gathered intermittently waiting for the light to change

      • Fern permalink
        January 16, 2011 2:01 pm

        I love it!!! 🙂


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