2021 AinD Poster

OCTOBER 30, 2021

LUMA8 is delighted to announce that the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade will return to State Street as the finale of the city's "Halloweek" program! Now in its 7th year, this event has drawn together close to 100,000 guests and participants for a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” Past participants include 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. It is a dazzling event that delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street.

The Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade is produced in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, with major sponsorship from Blommer Chocolate Company and the Chicago Loop Alliance.

The parade is not only a salute to Chicago’s cultural community, it has become a showcase for the creativity and diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods,  This must-see event is the only parade that features performers from every one of Chicago's 50 Wards!

In other great news - LUMA8 also will be partnering with the Mayor's Office, the Chicago Department of Special Events, the Chicago Park District and William Blair & Company to produce the UPSIDE DOWN Arts in the Dark event on Saturday, October 23rd from 12pm-3pm. 

The UPSIDE DOWN Arts in the Dark event is a "reverse" parade that will consist of 20-25 performance groups stationed along Russell Drive, a beautiful tree-lined stretch that crosses through the heart of Washington Park.  This will be similar to the socially-safe event that took place in 2020, but rather than driving through, families will be invited to wear costumes and walk through the route together.

Attendees will receive goody bags at the end of the route, which will include an exhibit area where performance groups can provide information regarding their programs.


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LUMA8 is proud that the 2021 Arts in the Dark series of events is part of Chicago's "Halloweek" program!