Barry Callebaut Sponsors City of Chicago's "Halloweek" Arts in the Dark Parade


Barry Callebaut Sponsors City of Chicago's "Halloweek" Arts in the Dark Parade

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, was proud to be the lead sponsor of the City of Chicago’s 3rd annual “Halloweek” Halloween festivities and the Arts in the Dark parade. ‘Halloweek’ festivities bring together City departments, corporations, and community-based organizations to plan Halloween-related activities for Chicago residents of all ages.
Americas' President Steve Woolley stands next to costumed Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Barry Callebaut Americas' President & CEO Steve Woolley pictured with Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot during the Arts in the Dark Parade

The parade celebrated Halloween as the “artist’s holiday” and featured cultural organizations and artists from every corner of the city.  It was a magical evening of spectacle puppets, music, dancing, and fire spinners, all set against the backdrop of historic State Street.  As a special treat before the parade, Barry Callebaut ambassadors were joined by Dancing Trick-or-Treaters who brought the theme of Chicago's “Year of Dance” to life. Barry Callebaut also donated thousands of pounds of candy to sweeten the experience. 


Barry Callebaut is very proud to partner with the City of Chicago to support Halloweek. The Arts in the Dark Parade is an iconic occasion in our city which engages our youth, represents all of our diverse communities, and celebrates our vibrant spirit. We were glad to add moments of chocolate joy to this year’s celebration. Chicago has been home to Barry Callebaut for 15 years and we are so honored to be a part of this true Chicago experience.
Steve Woolley, CEO & President, Americas

Barry Callebaut also hosted a special reception to kick off Halloween at their headquarters in Chicago attended by City of Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman, civic leaders, local performing artists and community partners.

Barry Callebaut hosts VIP Reception in Chicago HQ with various community orgs and First Lady of Chicago Amy Eshelman
Arts in the Dark Parade VIPs were invited to a reception at Barry Callebaut's Chicago HQ on Tuesday, October 25. Pictured L to R: Jamie Poindexter (Kaotic Drumline), Sharene Shariatzadeh (LUMA8), Mark Kelly (LUMA8, Parade Grand Marshall), Maria Drell (Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago), Ryan Kunkel (WNDR), President & CEO Steve Woolley, EVP of Business Development Jerry Hagedorn, First Lady of Chicago Amy Eshleman and Heather Killian (Rogue Lllama Art & Puppetry, LLC)
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A creative storyteller with an eye for visual design, Karly is the Communications Coordinator for Region Americas. Seated in the region's Chicago Headquarters, she curates content from around the region for both external and internal audiences. You can find her trying a new restaurant in the city every week. Ask her for food recommendations!

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