Pumpkin Alert: 6th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest

Pumpkin Alert: 6th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
If the idea of October getting closer leaves you dreaming of walking around a magical land of pumpkins, no better option will make this a reality as easily as attending the 6th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival. Presented by The Autism Society of Illinois and the City of Highwood (28 miles north of Chicago), this... Read more »

Danny Elfman's Music from Tim Burton Films at Ravinia

Danny Elfman's Music from Tim Burton Films at Ravinia
A wonderful multimedia celebration of the collaboration between composer Danny Elfman’s memorable music and Tim Burton’s delightfully weird films will be presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of their CSO Goes to the Movies series. The live performances will be held at the annual Ravinia festival in Highland Park on Tuesday, July 14th.... Read more »

5 Weekend Chills and Thrills

5 Weekend Chills and Thrills
Happy 4th to all! Between the parades, BBQ debauchery, and whatever else you’ve got planned for the holiday weekend, there will always be something creepy waiting for you at the end of the night. No, this isn’t referring to that weirdo down the block giving you the stink eye, but the chills and thrills the... Read more »
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Bucket O' Blood Books & Records Expansion Project

Bucket O' Blood Books & Records Expansion Project
Whenever a friend planning on visiting Chicago for the first time asks where to shop for music and books, the first place I usually mention is Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records. Despite being a very small shop, it’s packed with genre fun like old school horror and sci-fi paperbacks, new and used vinyl, and... Read more »

Weekend Entertainment Picks

Weekend Entertainment Picks
As June nears to a close, the heat is picking up in regards to both the weather and summer events. This weekend is full of great happenings, movies, and more, so take a gander at the list below and see if anything strikes your fancy. Deadly Prey Gallery Grand Opening – Friday, June 26th from... Read more »

Grand Opening: Deadly Prey Gallery

Grand Opening: Deadly Prey Gallery
It’s about time a gallery like Deadly Prey opened its doors within the city of Chicago. Catering to both fans of original art and movies alike, this space showcases one of the largest (if not *the* largest) collections of hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, West Africa. The “Action-Packed & Horrible” grand opening will commence Friday,... Read more »
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Chicago Frights: July Halloween Expo Packs in Haunted Fun

Chicago Frights: July Halloween Expo Packs in Haunted Fun
I could easily name a few hundred people who would vote to have an extra Halloween instead of Christmas in July. This isn’t even up for debate. In fact, it’s happening this year in Illinois. Leonard Pickel, creative owner of the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference (otherwise known as HAuNTcon), has announced Chicago Frights:... Read more »

Weekend Horror: Blue Velvet Party, Hearse Show, Hobo with a Trash Can

Weekend Horror: Blue Velvet Party, Hearse Show, Hobo with a Trash Can
If this was the weekend you chose to go out on the town, prepare for a jam-packed itinerary! The Chicago horror scene is thriving with genre screenings all over the place, from drive-ins to theaters small and large. WildClaw Theatre’s “Motel 666” and Theater Wit’s “The Birds” productions are in full swing, and the annual... Read more »

Weekend Events: Dark Worlds and Nightmares Beckon

Weekend Events: Dark Worlds and Nightmares Beckon
Another huge weekend filled with horror movies screening in mainstream and independent cinemas is here, and the highlights dare viewers to be willing to open their minds and investigate (or at least imagine) worlds uncharted. Sometimes, taking an exploratory trip into the unknown can inspire ideas and realizations one never knew they had before. Dark... Read more »
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Weekend Weirdness: Circus Art, The Shining, Drive-In Madness

Weekend Weirdness: Circus Art, The Shining, Drive-In Madness
The aroma of popcorn popping is already wafting through the air as Chicago theaters eagerly await your arrival this weekend. Sideshow Gallery’s got another curious art exhibit, genre movie screenings, a screening party for The Shining, and author Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves) will be signing copies of his new book at The Book... Read more »
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