THE POWER OF ART
We believe Chicago’s creative individuals, organizations, and communities are a driving force in the life of the city and should be recognized for the value they bring to Chicago’s cultural, economic, and civic life.
THE ARTIST WITHIN
We consider Halloween the “artist’s holiday” as we don masks and costumes, wrestle with demons, grapple with mortality, play with personas, and watch darkness unfold and light fade.
ARTISTS OF TOMORROW
We invite Chicago’s children to join us in making and creating and to experience the wonder and inspiration of creative work.
ARTISTS OF TODAY
Each year our parade will be led by 13 Creative Spirit Fellows, individuals whose creative practice has animated the City.
ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL
We honor and respect all of our diverse creative communities and seek to engender a deep democratic spirit. We strive to bring together on one playing field the most established and esteemed along with the new and aspiring, the respected and established along with the upstarts. We celebrate the wide arc of creative forms as well as the broad spectrum of artistic genres, practices, disciplines, and guilds.
THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S PARADE
This is not a parade for dignitaries, politicians or sponsorship floats. This is a celebration of cultural organizations and artists of every sort – all of whom bring passion and creative problem solving to the challenge of parading. It is “parade as art” as our contingents combine costumes, masks, spectacle, music, movement, audience engagement, messaging and lighting elements. Following the parade we encourage after-parties as the entire Cultural Mile comes alive in celebration.
The Halloween Gathering is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public and begins with a daytime festival in Millennium and Grant Parks. The festival takes place from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and features craft and movement workshops, live performances, art installations and a kids’ costume procession. As dusk arrives, the crowd moves to Columbus for the centerpiece of the event, The Halloween Gathering Parade.
HOME IS WHERE THE “ART” IS
We relish our home on the Chicago Cultural Mile and believe its world-renowned cultural institutions, inspiring colleges and universities, iconic architecture, world-class urban parks, thriving businesses and robust street energy make it one of the nation’s most dynamic districts.