Art Lights Up Chicago Park

If you're in Chicago Feb. 10-20, make sure to check out the Luminous Field.

The video and sound installation by Chicago-based artists Luftwerk will illuminate Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Family activities, live performances and dance events will complement the installation, which will transform the park into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form, with music composed by Owen Clayton Condon of Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion.

Visitors can enjoy the installation each evening (Fridays—Saturdays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays—Thursdays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and take part in programs created specifically for Luminous Field on the weekends at an adjacent heated tent in Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade North.

All activities are free.

The schedule of weekend events for Luminous Field:


Saturdays—Mondays, February 11-13 and February 18-20; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Warm up in the heated tent with fun family activities, including hands-on arts and craft projects and performances for all ages.

Each day kicks off with Wiggleworms instructors from the Old Town School of Music at 11 a.m. and features a variety of musical performances at 1 p.m.

Family craft activities are presented by Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Architecture Foundation February 11-13. Activities are presented by The Art Institute of Chicago on February 18-20.


Fridays, February 10 and 17; 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Join local theater company Collaboraction at Cloud Gate for site-specific performances inspired by Luminous Field.

Follow along with their choreographed movements and participate in interactive games, all synchronized with Luminous Field's video and sound.


Saturdays, February 11 and 18; Dance Lesson: 5 – 6 p.m.; Open Dancing: 6 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy dance lessons at a dance party in the indoor heated tent before heading out to see Luminous Field.

Dancing is preceded by a one-hour lesson led by professional instructors. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each session.

No reservations required, but space is limited.

Feb. 11: Dance Instruction by the American Tango Institute and Live Music by Tangata

Feb. 18: Dance Instruction by Big City Swing and Live Music by Sons of Susan


Sundays, February 12 and 19; 7 p.m.

Performances take place in the heated tent. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each show.

No reservations required, but space is limited.

Sunday, February 12: Third Coast Percussion

Sunday, February 19: Pillars and Tongues


Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.

Learn more about Luftwerk’s process in creating Luminous Field in this conversation led by Lou Mallozzi, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Executive Director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Luminous Field by Luftwerk is presented by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, in cooperation with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Food and beverages by the Park Grill restaurant will be available for purchase in the indoor heated tent.

Production for Luminous Field is by AV Chicago.

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Bryan BuchkoComment