Join us this fall as we once again gather in celebration of our expansive creative landscape and remind ourselves and the world that Chicago is a cultural powerhouse!

This year marks the 10th Halloween Parade of Artists, and we are delighted to have been named on of the top 10 Halloween events in the country by USA TODAY, as well as one of the top 6 Halloween events across the globe by Wanderlust Magazine.  Choose Chicago, Chicago’s destination marketing organization, actively markets Arts in the Dark to attract visitors from all over the world, and we anticipate an audience approaching 100,000, including many new participants.  We have no doubt that the 2024 Arts in the Dark parade will be our greatest year to date!

In order to help us take the parade to the next level, we have added three critical resources and processes:

First, we are pleased to announce that our Artistic Director, Mark Kelly, will be interviewing artists and creatives from around the country in order to provide instruction and tips on parading to new and returning parade contingents.

Second, we will be launching a grant application on June 1st in order to help offset the production costs for parade contingents with ambitious plans but limited capacity.

Third, with more applicants than parade slots, we will be more selective, ensuring that all of our parade participants are bringing artistry and creativity to the street.

To realize these changes we are adding an additional component to the application process.  Before your application is accepted, Krista Wolter, Director of Programs, will contact you to schedule a virtual meeting so that we can get a better idea of your plans and to help you work through details to make your parade application as strong as possible.

important dates and deadlines

MAY 1: Parade Application is open on a rolling admission basis.  Applications will be evaluated in the order received so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

JUNE 1: Grant Application is open.

AUGUST 1: Grant Application deadline.

AUGUST 19: Funding decisions will be made and communicated to applicants.

SEPTEMBER 1: Parade Application deadline.

SEPTEMBER 10: Social media marketing toolbox will be sent to all participants.

OCTOBER 16: Parade logistics meeting.  All parade groups must have a representative at this meeting. It will take place from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm in the lobby of the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance.