2016 Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade


October is approaching, and that means that Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, over 200,000 people made their way down to the Chicago Cultural Mile to take in the sights and sounds of the inaugural Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade. Just a short drive along the coast of Lake Michigan, the boutique Majestic Hotel is a perfect place to stay after taking in Chicago’s must see Halloween event.


There is certainly no lack of creativity in the Windy City. The vastly diverse creative communities are made up of expressionists from all walks of life. Imaginative, inspiring, and inventive, these individuals believe expressing themselves through their art is the key to a happy soul.


2015 was the first Halloween Gathering, and it garnered rave reviews. Claims are being made that 2016’s affair will be even bigger and better, which means you won’t want to miss it! Taking place just nine days prior to All Hallows’ Eve, the festival and parade are sure to raise your Halloween spirits.


What’s happening


During the day, Millennium Park will be brimming with live performers, face painters, makers, and demonstrators. A children’s parade will get the day started, so bring the little ones in their best Halloween attire. Ghosts, Ghouls, Princesses, and Superheroes will make their trek through the park for all to see. Dance presentations, musical acts, comedians, and theater performers will take the stages to show festivalgoers the routines they worked so diligently to perfect.


As the sun begins to set, the creative contingents prepare to perform for the main events. Last year, ten-foot tall dinosaur skeleton puppets charged down the street, while a mariachi band played a piece, decked out in full Day of the Dead fashion. Ghastly Halloween scenes rolled by in truck beds, and dancers reenacted Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video. Who knows what we’ll see this year?



What: Daytime Festival

Where: Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden

When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Saturday October, 22nd


What: Spectacle Parade

Where: Along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St.

When: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Saturday October, 22nd


The Halloween gathering Festival and Parade is completely free to attend, family friendly, and open to the public.


For more information on the event, visit http://www.chicagoculturalmile.org/halloween-2016/


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Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499