Saturday - October 20, 2018
Now in its fourth year, 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. Arts in the Dark delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances that are exceptionally dramatic set against the backdrop of Chicago’s majestic skyline.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - PARADE
On Columbus Dr. moving north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St.
As dusk arrives, our creative communities will assemble for a powerful procession filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more! The parade will be led by a new class of creative leaders, 8 “Illuminaries” who have been influential in their respective fields.
Please check back for updates regarding post-parade activities, including a family event at Maggie Daley Park!
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.
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.
* PLEASE NOTE: NO BACKPACKS, LARGE BAGS, LAWN CHAIRS OR LARGE UMBRELLAS ARE ALLOWED ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE
And ALWAYS remember…"If you see something, say something!”