Arts In The Dark Halloween Parade Steps Off Saturday On State Street

This is the first time the procession will march down State Street

Lisa Fielding
October 17, 2018 - 1:47 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Arts in the Dark, the nighttime Halloween parade, will march down State Street for the first time this Saturday.

"This is a big move for us to move to State Street. It's really exciting," said Sharene Shariatzadeh, President and CEO of LUMA8.

This year’s procession will include more than 90 contingents including Lookingglass Theatre Company, Second City, guilds of artists like the film makers contingent organized by CineSpace Chicago/CineCares and the Chicago Film Office.

"It's a magical evening procession. There aren't a lot of evening parades in Chicago so it's different and fun because of that. It's really a curated procession of Chicago's cultural community," Shariatzadeh said.

LUMA8/Suzanne Tennant

"We'll have the return of the Playa Bikes that are from the Burning Man group. These incredible dressed up bikes with people with creative costumes. We'll have the After School Matters 3D Arts program which will be wearing creative lantern headpieces made to look like ravens. We have Ballet Chicago that will be dancing, even if you've seen these groups before, you'll see them in a different way."

Additional participants include Chicago Children’s Museum, Envision Unlimited, Jabberwocky Marionettes, Colombian Fest Chicago, Comparsa Explosiva y Sus Chinelos Magicos and Kaotic Drumline. It will also feature large-scale lanterns of Chicago’s iconic buildings made by local artists.

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"It gives everyone an opportunity to be on one stage, which is the parade route and really celebrate Chicago's cultural community," she said.

The parade will begin at Lake at 6 p.m. and move south to Van Buren. There will be after parties at The Bean with DJs and family activities and Maggie Daley Park will feature "Beetlejuice" from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

"Halloween is the artists' holiday. There really isn't anything like it. We believe it's going to be an iconic event for Chicago. We want it to be Chicago's version of Mardi Gras and Carnivale and all those things thrown together."

LUMA8/Suzanne Tennant