OCTOBER 21, 2017

Arts in the Dark is a magical nighttime Halloween parade that celebrates Chicago's magnificent and diverse cultural community by drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as guilds of aspiring artists in every field.

Schedule of Events:

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. - Pre-Parade Activities

The Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade celebration - special highlights will include the Blackhawks street team, music and a Blackhawks inspired mural featuring Halloween elements to commemorate the artist’s holiday in conjunction with hockey. The mural will be displayed for party-goers to take photos with and post to social media for the chance to win Blackhawks prizes.

Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - PARADE

Arts in the Dark - Halloween Parade of Artists draws together Chicago’s vast creative community, from world-renowned cultural institutions to aspiring artists in every field.  Lookingglass Theatre will delight the crowd with characters from their Alice production and will partner with performers from The Actor's Gymnasium, The Art Institute and School of the Art Institute will march in medieval-style armor, Broadway In Chicago will invite their devoted fans to dress up as their favorite Broadway characters, 1871 will have a float modeled after the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and After School Matters will have multiple programs participating including West Town Bikes with decorated cycles and riders, the Mariachi Ensemble, Aztec Dance Chicago and The Art of Drumming.

On Columbus Dr. moving north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St.


Post-Parade Activities:

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

House Music Dance Party with DJ Roy Davis Jr and the Fivestarboogie Dancers

hosted by DCASE at Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean"), Millennium Park


8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Family-Friendly Halloween Movie and Candy Giveaway hosted by the Chicago Park District at Maggie Daley Park

Come to the park after this year’s parade for the official family after party! Featuring: a family-friendly Halloween movie on the lawn (so pack your blankets and snacks),  Trick-or-Treating in the Play Garden,  late night Mini Golf*, spooky games, prizes and more at the climbing wall and Skating Ribbon*

$20/child includes climbing, scooting or skating, face painting, balloon artists and MORE. Check-in at the fieldhouse.

*Mini golf, climbing, and skating have rental costs.

Click here to RSVP for a free ticket!

Arts in the Dark is presented in collaboration with


 is the Official Parking Sponsor of Arts in the Dark