Saturday -  October  20, 2018


2017 Parade Participants

187, CEC, & The Merchandise Mart 

After School Matters 

American Rhythm Center 

American Writers Museum 

The Art Institute of Chicago & The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Side Out Studio & MASK SHOP 

Ballet Chicago

Bellydancers on Parade

Bleuh Moon

Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago, Colombian Fest, & Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions

Broadway In Chicago 

B.U.R.N. 501©3: Banana Bike Brigade

Cap'n Nemo's Flaming Carnival

Chicago Action Sports 

Chicago Architecture Biennial 

Chicago Dia de los Niños

Chicago Full Moon Jam 

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus 

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Park District

Chicago Sinfonietta

Columbia College Chicago

Comparsa la Explosiva y sus Chinelos Magicos 

Costumers with a Cause 

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 

DePaul University's InterChorus

DuSable Museum of African American History

Envision Unlimited

Forest Preserve District of Cook County 

Global Explorers Kids

Haitian American Museum 

Hardcore Hearse Club 

Heather Killian 

Huaxing Arts Troupe 

International Music Foundation/Make Music Chicago 

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Kaotic Drumline

Lane Tech Varsity Band

Latin and Spanish Dance Ensemble

Lookingglass Theatre Company 

Los 5 Magnificos DLQ Dance Company

MB Real Estate

Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team

Moorish Science Temple of America

Movement Revolution Dance Crew 

New Era Dance

Northside College Preparatory High School Visual and Performing Arts

Onli Studios 

OPEN Center for the Arts 

Pullman Morris and Sword 

Rough House Theater 

The Safety Crew 

Shedd Aquarium 

Tribal Stomp Chicago

Windy City Ghostbusters

Windy City Rollers


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.


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