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 19th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on State Street moving south from Lake to Van Buren.

This event is free and open to the public.

About LUMA8:

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

President: Sharene Shariatzadeh

Treasurer: Melvin Katten
Katten Muchin Rosenmann

Michelle T. Boone
Navy Pier, Inc.

Michael A. Chabraja
Ice Miller

Chanel Coney
CFI Partners

Graham Elliot

Larry Levy
Levy Restaurants

Corey Minturn
William Blair & Company

Steve Perlman
The Marketing Store

Alex Pissios
Cinespace Film Studios

Karen Brosnan
Callan Carlson
Caleb Hiltunen
Brady Luby
Marliese Rush
Sharon Lynch Shariatzadeh
Dana Teeter
Jackie Van Zant
Jo Walls
Krista Wolter

Special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (especially Commissioner Mark Kelly, Tara Vock, Sue Vopicka and Dave Adams, 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  Dave Adams and John Trick and former Chicago Police Department Commander Neil Sullivan.


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