Now in its 8th year, Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade celebrating Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” and drawing together world-renowned institutions, celebrated Chicago cultural organizations, important youth programs, and aspiring artists in every field. It is a dazzling production that delights an audience of 50,000 with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances – all set against the backdrop of historic State Street.
More than just a parade, Arts in the Dark is a mission-driven and curated event that brings performance and creativity to the street. It is the singular moment in which we celebrate our values as artists and cultural organizations – and provide a platform for Chicago’s creative youth to explore a path in the arts. Most importantly, Arts in the Dark reminds us that we are all connected through the creative spirit that is at the core of our humanity no matter our race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Arts in the Dark serves as the grand finale of Chicago’s Halloweek program and is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s most iconic events. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic!
Arts in the Dark is presented by LUMA8 and the City of Chicago and is sponsored by Barry Callebaut, with Major Support from the Chicago Loop Alliance.
It is produced in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and My CHI. My Future.
Additional support is provided by William Blair, Millennium Garages, City Winery, Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park and the One Chicago Fund