Free Arts in the Dark Parade and Festivities in Chicago – Saturday Oct 21

Make sure to check out the Arts in the Dark parade and festivities on Saturday –  October  21, 2017, which is a magical nighttime Halloween parade that celebrates Chicago’s magnificent and diverse cultural community by drawing together world-renowned institutions as well as guilds of aspiring artists in every field.  This family-friendly event is FREE and open to the public and is being produced in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.

 

 

Saturday –  October  21, 2017

 

Schedule of Events:

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Pre-Parade Activities

The Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade celebration – special highlights will include the Blackhawks street team, music and a Blackhawks inspired mural featuring Halloween elements to commemorate the artist’s holiday in conjunction with hockey. The mural will be displayed for party-goers to take photos with and post to social media for the chance to win Blackhawks prizes.
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park

 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – PARADE

Arts in the Dark – Halloween Parade of Artists draws together Chicago’s vast creative community, from world-renowned cultural institutions to aspiring artists in every field.  Lookingglass Theatre will delight the crowd with characters from their Alice production and will partner with performers from The Actor’s Gymnasium, The Art Institute and School of the Art Institute will march in medieval-style armor, Broadway In Chicago will invite their devoted fans to dress up as their favorite Broadway characters, 1871 will have a float modeled after the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and After School Matters will have multiple programs participating including West Town Bikes with decorated cycles and riders, the Mariachi Ensemble, Aztec Dance Chicago and The Art of Drumming.

On Columbus Dr. moving north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St.

 

 

Post-Parade Activities:

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

House Music Dance Party with DJ Roy Davis Jr and the Fivestarboogie Dancers

Hosted by DCASE at Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”), Millennium Park

8:00 pm. – 10:00 p.m.

Family After Party
After the parade until 10:00 pm, Maggie Daley Park will host the official family after party! We’ll feature the following activities:
– Family-friendly Halloween movie on the southwest lawn (near the Art Institute). Bring your blankets!
– Trick-or-Treating in the Play Garden
– Late-night Mini Golf
– Spooky games, prizes and more at the climbing wall and Skating Ribbon*
*$20/child includes climbing, scooting or skating, face painting, balloon artists and MORE. Check-in at the fieldhouse.

 

Some of this year’s participants include Lookingglass Theatre who will delight the crowd with characters from their Alice production and will partner with performers from The Actor’s Gymnasium, The Art Institute and School of the Art Institute will march in medieval-style armor, Broadway In Chicago will invite their devoted fans to dress up as their favorite Broadway characters, 1871 will have a float modeled after the Chicago Merchandise Mart, and After School Matters will have multiple programs participating including West Town Bikes with decorated cycles and riders, the Mariachi Ensemble, Aztec Dance Chicago and The Art of Drumming.  As dusk arrives, our creative communities will assemble for a powerful procession filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more! The parade, traveling north on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, will be led by 8 “Illuminaries” – some of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders.

 

The vision to activate Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” was created by Mark Kelly, now Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and was originally executed by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association.  His vision is now being produced by the same team through a new not for profit, LUMA8 (Light Up My Arts.)  LUMA8 is grateful for the Chicago Cultural Mile’s commitment to launching the original parade and for their support of LUMA8’s efforts to take the concept to a new level with Arts in the Dark.

 

At the center of the event: a two-hour parade (6-8 p.m.) along Columbus Drive, from Balbo Avenue to Monroe Street, featuring costumed characters, decorated bicycles, dancers, musicians, singers, drill teams, marching bands, lanterns, stilt-walkers, dramatic lighting and other spectacles.

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