Organizers announce plans for Halloween celebration unlike Chicago has ever experienced

Organizers announce plans for Halloween celebration unlike Chicago has ever experienced
The Halloween Gathering will trigger the imagination and appeal to the kid in all of us
WHO:              J.R. Davis, Chairman and President, Chicago Cultural Mile Association
Sharene Shariatzadeh, Executive Director, Chicago Cultural Mile Association
Mark Kelly, Halloween Gathering Artistic Director and Vice President of Student Success at Columbia College Chicago
Michelle Boone, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
David Thurm, COO of The Art Institute of Chicago
Mwata Bowden, Artistic Director of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ Great Black Music Ensemble.
WHAT:           The Chicago Cultural Mile Association will announce a first-of its-kind Halloween spectacle called The Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural
Mile scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015. The 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 centerpiece of the event will be The Halloween Gathering Procession on Columbus Drive and will travel north from Balbo to Monroe.  The nighttime Procession will be chocked full of elements that trigger the imagination, illuminate the soul and appeal to the kid in all of us that yearns for the darker side of Halloween.  Revelers will be enveloped in an atmosphere where hundreds of performers reach into their imaginations and perform and celebrate the spirit of the Halloween.
The Halloween Gathering will officially begin at 2:00PM with The Halloween Gathering Festival.  The parks and institutions along the Chicago Cultural Mile will be alive with family-friendly activities including a kids’ costume parade, Zombie Thriller Dance, mask-making workshops, free dance and theatre performances, pop-up installations, interactive experiences and much more.
WHEN:           Tuesday, August 4, 2015
WHERE:         The Art Institute of Chicago
                        111 S. Michigan Avenue
                        Chicago, IL
                        North Garden
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