Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Chicago Cultural Mile Brings "The Halloween Gathering" to the Neighborhood

More festivals coming straight at ya (via
On October 24, 2015 the Chicago Cultural Mile Association plans to launch one of Chicago’s most exciting, new initiatives—The Halloween Gathering. This powerful event will gather Chicago’s vast and diverse creative communities for an all-day festival culminating with a magical nighttime parade. Drawing together world-renowned institutions including the Field Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as unique local organizations like Louder Than a Bomb, Silent Theatre Company, and guilds of artists in assorted fields, this dramatic display will activate Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” along one of the most prestigious cultural avenues in the world.

The schedule is as follows:
2pm-6pm: Art and Halloween Festival The parks and institutions along the Chicago Cultural Mile will be alive with family-friendly activities including mask-making workshops, free performances, pop-up installations, interactive experiences and more! The festival will also host a children’s costume parade on The Ribbon in beautiful Maggie Daley Park.
6pm-8pm: Parade As dusk arrives, our creative communities will assemble for a powerful procession capturing their creative spirits. Imagine a parade filled with large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, performances, music, dance, dramatic lighting, moving platforms and more! The parade, traveling north on Columbus from Balboa to Monroe, will be led by 13 of Chicago’s most influential creative leaders to be honored as “Creative Spirit Fellows.” Their dramatic entrance will set the tone for the spectacle to follow.

We love Halloween so this sounds interesting.  However, it also sort of sounds like the Great Chicago Fire Fest which was on the river in 2014 and by most accounts was a big dud and that will be relocating to Northerly Island in 2015.

But we will give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they can pull it off.  If they've already got all those iconic institutions participating it already seems like it has more momentum then the fire fest.

For more info watch the video below or click here to go to their website.

And for other Sloopin coverage on the Chicago Cultural Mile organization, check out this post we did back late last year.

(Hat tip: SD!)

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