The first weekend of June is full of Chicago-area events, which also means film festivals have commenced for summer entertainment. The most prominent film fests happening this month are listed first, followed by this weekend's screenings, exhibits, plays, and more. It's quite a handful, indeed! Have a great weekend and stay safe!
70MM FILM FESTIVAL - (June 30th-July 15th) The Music Box Theatre offers the rare opportunity of viewing cinema in glorious 70mm. Includes KONG: SKULL ISLAND, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, INTERSTELLAR, and more. $12-$14 or $75 for a festival pass. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
CUFF - (through June 4th) The Chicago Underground Film Festival is back with more great selections for fans of underground cinema. Schedule. Saturday, check out SHORTS 9: THE ONE WITH SATAN'S BABY for a screening of genre short films at 9pm! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Tickets.
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - (through Oct. 4th) On Wednesdays, arrive early for free screenings of independent, international, unrated films with the theme, “A Taste of Cinema,” revolving around food. Limited seating. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, 2nd Fl. North, Chicago, 60602.
MOVIES IN THE PARK - (June 2nd-Sept. 7th) The Chicago Park District's annual celebration of summer movies in various Chicago parks returns with a nice selection of family-friendly movies. See free screenings under the stars, including: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (June 2nd), GHOSTBUSTERS, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, THE SANDLOT, DROP DEAD FRED, ROGUE ONE, BIG, and many more!
MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MOVIES - (June 13th-Sept. 5th) Enjoy free movies on a 40-ft. LED screen in Millennium Park. On August 8th, they'll screen THE SHINING and GHOST. Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn.
SUMMER SCARES HORROR FILM FEST - (June 10th from 5pm-2am) Terror in the Aisles presents another fun-filled summer scream fest at the Patio Theater with special guests Linnea Quigley, Mark Patton, and Ari Lehman. Films include RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13th, SORORITY BABES AT THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA and HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS. Short films, vendors, and more. Tickets $13 pre-sale or $15 at the door. 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.
EDGAR WRIGHT MOVIE FEST - (June 9th-14th) While not technically labeled a festival, I consider it as such since a whopping FOUR films directed by Edgar Wright are screening at the Music Box Theatre and they're all fantastic. All 35mm screenings of: SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, THE WORLD'S END, and SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT WRIGLEY PARK - (June 14th-Aug. 23rd) Enjoy a free summer movie series presented by the Music Box Theatre with a pre-show live performance. Films screen every other Wednesday. GHOSTBUSTERS, THE BLUES BROTHERS, and more. 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
REPO MAN - (June 2nd-5th) The cult comedy classic screens at 11pm four nights only. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - (Friday, June 2nd) Free screening at 8:30pm in Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660. Part of the Chicago Park District's “Movies in the Parks” summer film series.
STALKER - (June 3rd, 5th & 8th) Brand new digital 4K restoration. Tarkovsky's 1979 Russian sci-fi drama following two men in a post-apocalyptic world who hire a guide (a “stalker”) to lead them through a restricted area called The Zone until they reach a room where one's wishes are granted. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
LE CERCLE ROUGE - (June 3rd & 8th) (“The Red Circle,” 1970) Stylish French noir. “Part of the Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes” series running through July 6th. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
THE BAD BATCH - (June 6th) Preview event with director Ana Lily Amirpour present for a Q&A, followed by a screening of her first feature film, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT. (One ticket good for both films!) Officially opens June 23rd. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
GET OUT - (June 2nd, 5th, 6th, & 7th) Brew & View at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
COLOSSAL - (through June 7th) Highly acclaimed dark sci-fi comedy about a woman going through struggles in NYC moves back home and soon realizes she has a bizarre connection to a giant creature wreaking havoc in South Korea. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880. RHPS
THE MUMMY'S HAND - (June 4th at 8:30pm) Carbon Arc & Board, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.
HOOKMAN - (through June 3rd) Existential slasher comedy about a young woman's altercation with a man who has a hook for a hand. Violence and sexual situations. Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn, Chicago, IL 60640. 773-649-3186.
STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical - (Extended through July 8th) The group behind Ladies Night of the Living Dead brings Strangest Things! The Musical. Based on the hit television series, Stranger Things, the story is told through singing and plenty of hits from the eighties. Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tickets $15.
ASSAULT ON THE GRINDHOUSE - (5/11-6/29) B-movie interactive, variety-style horror improv where each show reinvents a classic horror or cult film. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Bloody Reads #18 - BOOKS OF BLOOD Vol. 1 - (June 4th from 9pm-11pm) Celebrate one of Clive Barker's most revered works with a discussion regarding his Books of Blood Volume 1! Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. BYOB.
Movie Poster Remakes Art Show - (May 26th - June 11th) Enjoy work by local artists paying tribute to both classic and modern films using their own personal interpretations. Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Flora Fauna Group Art Show - (June 3rd from 7pm-11pm) Art exhibit featuring plant and animal subjects by various artists. Sponsored by Metropolitan Brewing. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
Stranger Thongs: A Stranger Things Burlesque - (June 3rd - Dec. 16) Gorilla Tango Theatre presents a quirky burlesque show with the Stranger Things theme. $28. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
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