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.

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: Melvin Katten
Katten Muchin Rosenmann

Michelle T. Boone
Navy Pier, Inc.

Michael A. Chabraja
Ice Miller

Chanel Coney
CFI Partners

Graham Elliot

Larry Levy
Levy Restaurants

Corey Minturn
William Blair & Company

Steve Perlman
The Marketing Store

Alex Pissios
Cinespace Film Studios

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

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.


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