Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday".   LUMA8 is proud to announce that the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade will return to State Street as the Grand Finale of the city's "Halloweek" program on Saturday, October 30th, 2021.  This 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.  Now in its seventh year, this extraordinary parade has delighted hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances.

We also are excited that to be producing the 2021 Upside Down Arts in the Dark event on Saturday, October 23rd from 12pm -3pm in Washington Park.

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.

These events are free and open to the public.

About LUMA8:

LUMA8 is an independent 501c3 that strives to elevate Chicago as a focal point of artistic innovation that enriches the lives of its citizens and creates economic impact.

Sharene Shariatzadeh – President & CEO
Allison Gerlach – Producer
Gwen Klich Mullaney – Marketing Director

LUMA8 Board of Directors

President: Sharene Shariatzadeh

Treasurer: Corey Minturn
William Blair & Company

Secretary: Steve Perlman
The Marketing Store

Michelle T. Boone
Navy Pier, Inc.

Michael A. Chabraja
Ice Miller

Chanel Coney
CFI Partners

Graham Elliot

Alex Pissios
Cinespace Film Studios

Karen Brosnan
Callan Carlson
Caleb Hiltunen
Brady Luby
Sharon Lynch Shariatzadeh
Dana Teeter
Jackie Van Zant
Krista Wolter

Special thanks to Mayor Lightfoot, First Lady Amy Eshleman, Cameron Hardamon and others in the Mayor's Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (especially Commissioner Mark Kelly, Tara Vock, Dave Adams, Jennifer Washington, Joe Fonzino, and Sue Vopicka), the Chicago Park District, CHOOSE Chicago, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and his staff, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Department of Transportation for all of their support. We are also grateful for the assistance of  John Trick and former Chicago Police Department Commander Neil Sullivan.


Mark Kelly - Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Sharene Shariatzadeh – President & CEO, LUMA8
Allison Gerlach – Producer, LUMA8
Gwen Klich Mullaney – Marketing Director, LUMA8
Tara Vock - Executive Administrative Assistant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Sue Vopicka - Assistant to Commissioner Mark Kelly, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events