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Michigan Avenue Group to Launch New Halloween Festival

MICHIGAN AVENUE — It's barely August, but many of Chicago's biggest attractions are already thinking about Halloween.

The Chicago Cultural Mile Association, a non-profit that leads programming on Michigan Avenue south of the Chicago River, will announce Tuesday morning a new Halloween festival with activities stretching from Maggie Daley Park to the Agora statues near Roosevelt Road.

The inaugural "Halloween Gathering on the Chicago Cultural Mile" Oct. 24 will feature a kids' costume parade, zombie "Thriller" dance, mask-making, free dance and theater performances, and more. The day will start at 2 p.m. and conclude with a 6 p.m. Halloween parade with hundreds of performers. 

"We're hoping this can become one of Chicago's biggest events," Cultural Mile Association spokesman John Pastuovic said.

The non-profit has teamed up with institutions including the Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Columbia College Chicago and the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to promote the festival. A news conference with more details will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave. 

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