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, celebrated Chicago organizations, 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 State St. moving south from Lake to Van Buren
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, floats and more!
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean"), hosted by DCASE 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Following the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, visit Millennium Park for an immersive Halloween experience with live DJs, sideshow characters, stilt walkers and performance artists, a kids station, fortune tellers and magicians, video projections and more!
Maggie Daley Park, hosted by the Chicago Park District 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Join us immediately after the parade for trick or treating (until the candy runs out!), a showing of the movie Beetlejuice, Mini Golf, spooky games, prizes and more at the climbing wall and Skating Ribbon!
The Skating Ribbon and Climbing Wall will be offering a discounted package for $20 per person.
Mini Golf will also be open and available at $11 per person.
How can my organization participate in the parade - and can I participate as an individual artist?
Visit our Participate 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 south of the Sponsor Tent in front of Macy's, at the north east corner of Washington and State.
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 west to State.
Having a safe and fun parade experience for spectators is most important to LUMA8. Please follow these procedures to help ensure everyone’s safety.
* Spectators cannot wear face masks, this includes teens and children. 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!”