Saturday -  October  21, 2017


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 pm. - 10:00 p.m.

Family After Party
After the parade until 10:00 pm, Maggie Daley Park will host the official family after party! We'll feature the following activities:
- Family-friendly Halloween movie on the southwest lawn (near the Art Institute). Bring your blankets!
- 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.


How can my organization participate in the parade - and can I participate as an individual artist?
Visit PAGE for more information on how to participate in the parade.

Is there an ADA designated viewing area for the parade?
Yes, the ADA viewing area is just north of the Sponsor Tent in front of Buckingham Fountain, at the north east corner of S. Columbus Drive and E. Congress Parkway.

How do I get to Arts in the Dark?

Millennium Garages is the Official Parking Sponsor for Arts in the Dark. For more information on directions and pricing visit http://www.millenniumgarages.com/all-garages/

Buses 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 126, 129, 146, 147, 151 and 173. Weekends and holidays (mid-May through Labor Day) - bus 130 from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

From the Green, Orange, Brown, Pink and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Washington/Wabash and walk two blocks east. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson and walk three or four blocks east on Jackson.

For schedules and more visit https://metrarail.com/

Due to street closures for the parade, we recommend being dropped off on Michigan and walking east to the parade.


187, CEC, & The Merchandise Mart The Mart comes to Columbus as a festive float with music and more.

After School Matters Teens will be representing After School Matters’ programs including Mariachi Ensemble, West Town Bikes, Aztec Dance Chicago, and The Art of Drumming.

Aloha Center Chicago Say aloha to Hula Kahiko, an ancient hula performance traditional regalia.

American Rhythm Center ARC reminds us that "We All Got Rhythm" with performances from lively dancers from the resident dance companies at ARC.

American Writers Museum Classic works of literature will come to life in an animated and illuminated performance.

The Art Institute of Chicago & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago The Art Institute of Chicago & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will be creating costumes and props centered around the museum's Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor. Huzzah!

Art Side Out Studio & MASK SHOP The gang from the studio presents a tribute to Chicago's recovering waterways.

Ballet Chicago Company members will dance down the parade route dressed in classic costumes from ballets such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Hansel and Gretel.

Bellydancers on Parade Mythical creatures and deities will dance their way down the parade route to Middle Eastern rhythms drummed by some of the region’s most talented percussionists.

Bleuh Moon Bleuh Moon will be performing her one-woman, multi-instrument act live on her truck.

Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Colombian Fest, & Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Colombia Fest, & Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions present the "The Spirit of Carnival!" Larger than life costumes become enchanted with dancers and eclectic dance music.

Broadway In Chicago Broadway in Chicago invites their fans to dress up as their favorite Broadway character.

B.U.R.N. 501©3: Banana Bike Brigade These are not your father’s bicycles! Costumed riders will show off their outrageous, custom cycles.

Cap'n Nemo's Flaming Carnival Fire spinning clowns and carnies will be accompanying this show stopping fire organ.

Chicago Action Sports Taking Halloween to the extreme! This group of teen skateboarders and cyclists will show off their stunts.

Chicago Architecture Biennial presents the South Shore Drill Team.

Chicago Dia de los Niños Celebrating Feria de los Ninos (Children’s Festival), paraders will be dressed in Mexican Veracruz dance costumes dancing to music and more!

Chicago Full Moon Jam The Full Moon Jammers turn up the heat parading with fire spinners and fire breathers dancing down the street.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus A holiday preview of their upcoming show, this fun and festive addition to this year's parade.

Chicago History Museum Paying tribute to one of the most notable events in Chicago history, the History Museum brings their exhibit to the street with an old-fashioned fire truck with a smoke machine and of course, a cow.

Chicago Park District It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… The Chicago Park District! Members of the Park District will be looking super as they parade as favorite superheroes.

Chicago Sinfonietta Masked paraders will boogie down the parade route in dazzling costumes.

Columbia College Chicago Is that the Dead Poe Society? Paraders take their lead from Edgar Allan Poe in costumes and masks accompanying puppets of ravens and black cats.

Comparsa la Explosiva y sus Chinelos Magicos These elaborately costumed "Chinelos" show off their elaborate, hand made costumes with masks and headdresses.

Costumers with a Cause This group of charity-minded cosplayers will be dressed as various superheroes, princes/princess characters, movie, TV, and video game characters and interacting with the crowd along the parade route in character.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events In honor of the Year of Public Art, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents a contingent of iconic Public Art found throughout the city.

DePaul University's InterChorus Come hear DePaul University's first mixed accapella group, InterChorus.

El DJ Wish with Calpulli Ocelotl-Cihuacoatl Beloved popstars will return from the dead to perform their hits spun by DJ Wish in his music truck.

DuSable Museum of African American History Celebrating their namesake, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, will jam down the parade route accompanied by their mobile museum, The Scout. 

Envision Unlimited Envision Unlimited creates a spooky float with live music.

Forest Preserve District of Cook County The Forest Preserve brings their seasoned parade float with costumed dancers.

Global Explorers Kids Costumed paraders are joined by larger-than-life puppets representing cultures from around the world.

Haitian American Museum A troupe of enchanted beings, known as Ghede Nibo, will celebrate the spirit of the season as they dance down the street.

Hardcore Hearse Club Hardcore Hearse Club will have illuminated hearses with costumed participants interacting with the crowd.

Heather Killian A group of giant puppets and out of place animals will make their way down the street.

Huaxing Arts Troupe Beautiful performers in traditional QiPao costumes will enchant the crowds, and don’t forget the giant pandas!

International Music Foundation/Make Music Chicago Back from the dead, it’s Spookapalooza! A spooky marching band anchored by members of the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Celebrating the 125th birthday of Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger, Intuit will be parading in costumes with props inspired by Darger's epic work, “In the Realms of the Unreal.”

Kaotic Drumline A zombie marching band that has rhythm and dances.

Lane Tech Varsity Band Lane Tech Varsity Band are “Crazy in Love” and want to share it with you.

Latin Zest Dance This Latin and Spanish Dance Ensemble will be dancing TINKUS, a lively and colorful dance from Bolivia.

Lookingglass Theatre Company Get ready to fall through the lookinngglass into Wonderland! Lookingglass company members and performers from the Actors Gymnasium will delight audiences.

Los 5 Magnificos DLQ Dance Company This acrobatic and athletic dance form will knock you off your feet!

MB Real Estate Enjoy the spooky sounds of the Black Bear Combo.

Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team Dressed in Halloween season colors with lights & masks, The Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team will perform their award winning high energy precision routines, with a drumline playing creative thunderous beats throughout the parade.

Moorish Science Temple of America Moorish Science Temple of America will be showing off their traditional costumes and celebrating Moabite/Moroccan culture.

Movement Revolution Dance Crew MRDC will be dancing down the parade route in costume with LED lights and music.

New Era Dance

Northside College Preparatory High School Visual and Performing Arts “Thriller” will be taken to the next level with a float, live music, dancers, and cyclists.

Onli Studios Onli Studios a happening of motion; wearable art the is very rhythmistic. A group of models and dancers only wearing Onliwear.

OPEN Center for the Arts Costumed dancers will accompany an OPEN float.

Pullman Morris and Sword Dancers will be accompanying an illuminated Pullman train car with live Morris Men music.

Rough House Theater  Large-scale illuminated puppets hand crafted by two of Chicago’s most compelling physical and visual based theatre companies - from a bumbling brain with eyeballs to elegant flurries of cicadas to stilt walkers carrying otherworldly creatures - ensuring any and all will wonder what strange dream they suddenly fell into.

The Safety Crew The safety crew will be bringing their neon safety gear with jugglers, poi spinners, hoopers, and their signature nine foot tall stilt walkers.

Shedd Aquarium Creatures from the deep come ashore including a octo-bus. 

Tribal Stomp Chicago Magickal Creatures will descend upon the parade route, enchanting audiences with their percussion performance.

Windy City Ghostbusters Answering the call, this team of Ghostbusters are ready with their proton packs and Ecto cars.

Windy City Rollers Chicago’s own Roller Derby royalty takes to the streets, showing off their skates and costumes.


Having a safe and fun parade experience for spectators is most important to LUMA8. Please follow these procedures to help ensure everyone’s safety.

* We strongly discourage the wearing of facemasks by children, because they can obscure their vision in a crowded area in a nighttime environment. Teen and adult spectators cannot wear face masks. Instead, please feel free to use face paint, wigs, etc.

* The parade area will be monitored by Chicago Police, Private Security Officers, Parade Marshals and Staff and other Emergency Response Personnel. If you have a problem of an emergency nature, please contact those responders along the parade route for assistance.


And ALWAYS remember…"If you see something, say something!”