Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday". The 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 sixth year, this extraordinary parade has delighted hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances.
We are proud to present a socially safe version of our parade as part of Chicago Halloweek 2020 - Celebrating Safely. This year's UPSIDE DOWN parade will feature performance groups set up along a tree-lined drive in Washington Park. Attendees can enjoy the show from the safety of their vehicles - and will be treated to a complimentary goody bag, courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company.
The vision for Arts in the Dark was created by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Mark Kelly, and is produced by LUMA8, an independent not for profit, in partnership with DCASE and the Chicago Park District.
Arts in the Dark will take place on Saturday, October 31st from 12PM - 3PM. In order to attend, you must reserve a ticket for one of the slots below:
12PM - click HERE
1PM - click HERE
2PM - click HERE
This event is free and open to the public.
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: Melvin Katten
Katten Muchin Rosenmann
Michelle T. Boone
Navy Pier, Inc.
Michael A. Chabraja
William Blair & Company
The Marketing Store
Cinespace Film Studios
Sharon Lynch Shariatzadeh
Jackie Van Zant
Special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (especially Commissioner Mark Kelly, Tara Vock, Sue Vopicka and Dave Adams, 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 Dave Adams and John Trick and former Chicago Police Department Commander Neil Sullivan.
ARTS IN THE DARK STEERING COMMITTEE
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