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.
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
William Blair & Company
The Marketing Store
Cinespace Film Studios
Sharon Lynch Shariatzadeh
Jackie Van Zant
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.
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