Best Weekend Events: Art, Festivals, Movies, New Horror Store

Best Weekend Events: Art, Festivals, Movies, New Horror Store

This weekend, the options are plentiful in and around the Chicagoland area: a few big conventions, a new horror store grand opening, a selection of films to see on 35mm, and a few really cool ongoing art exhibits among other things!


Sci-fi horror film Almost Human screens Friday and Saturday at Music Box Theatre at midnight with a Q&A with director Joe Begos and actor Josh Ethier on both nights! Info HERE.

Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar-winning space thriller Gravity screens in 35mm at Doc Films on March 15th at 7pm & 9pm and on Sunday at 3pm. Professor Daniel E. Holz (who teaches the class “Spacetime and Black Holes”) will be on hand at the 7:00pm screening to speak about the movie. Event page HERE.

Alfred Hitchcock's mystery comedy The 39 Steps screens at Music Box Theatre at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday as part of their Hitchcock matinee series. Info HERE.

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie screens in 35mm at Doc Films Friday and Saturday at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm, as well as Sunday at 1pm. Info HERE.

Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs screens in 35mm at Music Box Theatre Saturday at midnight. Info HERE.

Walker Stalker Con


Walker Stalker Con, a zombie, horror, and sci-fi convention, runs all weekend March 14th-16th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The main draw is that it's basically a convention for diehard fans of The Walking Dead, but there is a lot more going on than that, not to mention a big zombie bash on Saturday night at 9:30pm for the 18+ crowd. Tickets to the bash are open to the public for $20! See the site for a full schedule and pertinent information HERE. (Goldstar members can get half-price tickets!)

The Indie Horror Film Festival features movies, signings, and more at Schurz Assembly Hall, 3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Among the movies playing is Chicago-based production Dark Realm, screening on Sunday at 5:30pm. TICKETS.


NEW HORROR STORE! Longtime Chicago horror representative and vendor Jill of Lixonline is having an official grand opening of her new store LIX from noon to 8pm on Friday, March 14th & Saturday, March 15th at 22 E. Springfield, Champaign, IL 61820. She and her husband, Gregg Olheiser, had a soft store opening on Feb. 28th, but the big deal is tomorrow. Jill has been selling her spooky wares, unique horror t-shirts, hoodies, and handmade bags and horror dresses for many years on the convention circuit. Always wearing a big smile and holding homemade cookies, she makes anyone feel right at home. 217-328-JILL (5455). Facebook Event Page.


The Edward Gorey exhibit runs through June 15th and includes a puppet show (The Vinegar Works) every Saturday afternoon. The entire history of his artwork is on display in great detail, down to sheets of paper with scratched-off ideas. Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for Gorey–C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak. Free on Tuesdays! Info HERE.

The amazing exhibit showcasing hand-painted movie poster art from Ghana, “Demons, Snake Girls, and Evil Trees,” is on display at Harold Washington College and at Odd Obsession Movies through March 30th. All info HERE.

*Just added: Midwest premiere of DEVIL LAND, a modern gothic fairy tale on stage at UrbanTheater Company. A kidnapped girl's imaginary friend comes alive and turns the tables on the kidnappers. Runs March 14th through April 6th. Info HERE. (Goldstar members get half off or comped!)

Enjoy your weekend!

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