Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". The event draws together world-renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, celebrated Chicago organizations like Lookingglass Theatre Company, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Now in its fourth year, this extraordinary parade has delighted hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances that are exceptionally dramatic set against the backdrop of Chicago’s majestic skyline.
The vision for Arts in the Dark was created by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Mark Kelly, and is produced by LUMA8, an independent not for profit, in partnership with DCASE and the Chicago Park District.
Arts in the Dark takes place on Saturday, October 20th from 6pm-8pm on Columbus moving north from Balbo to Monroe.
This event is free and open to the public.
LUMA8 is an independent 501c3 that strives to elevate Chicago as a focal point of artistic innovation that enriches the lives of its citizens and creates economic impact.
Sharene Shariatzadeh – President & CEO
Allison Gerlach – Producer
Gwen Klich Mullaney – Marketing Director
LUMA8 Board of Directors
Chair: Lou Raizin
Broadway in Chicago
Treasurer: Melvin Katten
Katten Muchin Rosenmann
Secretary: Anne Voshel
Michelle T. Boone
Navy Pier, Inc.
Michael A. Chabraja
Sondra Berman Epstein
Cinespace Film Studios
Sharon Lynch Shariatzadeh
Special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, CHOOSE Chicago, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and his staff, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Department of Transportation for all of their support. We are also grateful for the assistance of Philip Purevich and the staff at Chicago Festival Association and former Chicago Police Department Commander Neil Sullivan.
ARTS IN THE DARK STEERING COMMITTEE
Mark Kelly - Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Sharene Shariatzadeh – President & CEO, LUMA8
Allison Gerlach – Producer, LUMA8
Gwen Klich Mullaney – Marketing Director, LUMA8
Tara Vock - Executive Administrative Assistant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Sue Vopicka - Assistant to Commissioner Mark Kelly, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
LUMA8 will honor 8 of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders to be recognized as Arts in the Dark Illuminaries for 2018. These prominent industry leaders serve as ambassadors for Arts in the Dark as well as Grand Marshals for the parade. 2018 Illuminaries will be announced this summer!