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Chicago artists let their freak flags fly at Halloween Arts in the Dark parade

By Naomi Waxman
Medill Reports

Chicago celebrated the wicked, the wild and the weird Saturday, as artists from across the  country strutted their stuff before crowds of excited fans lined up along Columbus Drive. Residents of all ages watched fire-spinning skeletons, a bulbous blue anglerfish and even a train of hearses, owned by local enthusiasts.

New local arts non-profit LUMA8, conceived Arts in the Dark to unite Chicago artists.

“It’s all about declaring Halloween as the artists’ holiday and creating a moment for all of Chicago’s cultural communities to come together and plant their flag on one night,” said Sharene Shariatzadeh, president and CEO of LUMA8.

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