Oct 20 2016

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago

Published by at 10:56 am under Community Events,Seasonal Activities

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago launched for the first time last year, organized by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association and gathering a wide range of creative communities in Chicago including the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Silent Theater Company, and more.

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade starts with an afternoon festival where artists from all over put on performances, show art, and play music. Then, in the evening, a huge parade is held along the Chicago Cultural Mile. If you want to see what the Halloween Gathering looked like last year, check out the video on the CCM website recapping last year’s event.

The goal of the festival is not just to create a fun Halloween event but to bring to light artists who have animated the city of Chicago, celebrate the vast array of cultures and kinds of art present in Chicago, and recognize Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” As the festival’s website says, Halloween is the day when we “don masks and costumes, wrestle with demons, grapple with morality, play with personas, and watch darkness unfold and light fade.”

The festival will take place from 2 to 5 in the afternoon in Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden on Saturday October 22, with the parade taking place that evening 6 to 8 along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St. Both events are free and open to the public. You can find information on how to get involved or sponsor the event on the Chicago Cultural Mile website.

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