AinD 2020 SMALLER Poster

OCTOBER 31, 2020

For the past five years, the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade 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 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 – and not even the craziness of 2020 can stop the celebration! In fact, this year, Arts in the Dark will be the Grand Finale of a special Mayor’s Office Halloween Initiative - HALLOWEEK - and it will take place in Washington Park in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District. Of course, it won’t be the usual procession of floats and group spectacles making their way down a crowded street. This year, the parade will be turned UPSIDE DOWN. Dozens of delightful parade contingents will be stationed along a beautiful tree-lined drive in Washington Park, and spectators will drive through the route, enjoying the spectacles from the safety of their vehicles.


But, in order to attend you must make a reservation for a 12pm, 1pm or 2pm slot.  To reserve tickets, click on one of the links below:

12PM Reservations - click HERE

1PM Reservations - click HERE

2PM Reservations - click HERE

The 2020 Arts in the Dark UPSIDE DOWN Halloween Parade Sponsors and Partners:

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The Arts in the Dark Upside Down Halloween Parade

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