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Arts in the Dark


Arts in the Dark is a FREE magical evening parade that delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets, and creative performances, set on the historic State Street.

Now in its fifth year, Arts in the Dark is a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the "artist's holiday." The event draws together world-renowned institutions, celebrated Chicago organizations, important programs like After School Matters and aspiring artists in every field. Arts in the Dark delights the audience with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances that are exceptionally dramatic set against the backdrop of Chicago’s majestic skyline.

You can view several albums of the 2018 parade by visiting LUMA8.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Chicago Loop Alliance is proud to be a sponsor of Arts in the Dark.

After Party

Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean"), hosted by DCASE 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Following the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade, visit Millennium Park for an immersive Halloween experience with live DJs, sideshow characters, stilt walkers and performance artists, a kids station, fortune tellers and magicians, video projections and more!

Maggie Daley Park, hosted by the Chicago Park District 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Join us immediately after the parade for trick or treating (until the candy runs out!), a showing of the movie Beetlejuice, Mini Golf, spooky games, prizes and more at the climbing wall and Skating Ribbon!

The Skating Ribbon and Climbing Wall will be offering a discounted package for $20 per person.

Mini Golf will also be open and available at $11 per person.

Free admission

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Event Date

  • October 19, 2019
  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM


On State St. moving south from Lake to Van Buren