Fringe joins Arts in the Dark, a magical evening State Street parade celebrating Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” Now in its fifth year, this extraordinary city-supported event has delighted hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors with unique floats, spectacle puppets and creative performances that are exceptionally dramatic set against the backdrop of Chicago’s majestic skyline. CFO returns to the parade line with a devilish brand new float in homage to Mozart, joining musical forces with the Chicago Public Schools’ All-City Performing Arts Program.

The parade will take place at State Street from Lake to Van Buren.

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, floats and more!


Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”), hosted by DCASE 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 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 PM – 10:00 PM 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!


Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation & The CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.