Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Independent horror screenings, gory plays, appearances by Bruce Campbell and Alice Cooper... Choose your own adventure!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
TEMPLE - (Sept. 1st-7th) Supernatural horror film set in Japan, following three American tourists who travel there in search of an ancient temple. Local villagers offer warnings of doom, which they ignore. Deep in the jungle, spirits come forth and terrify the visitors. Written by Simon Barrett (You're Next, The Guest). Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.
SANTA SANGRE - (Sept. 1st at 7:45pm & Sept. 2nd at 5:45pm) If you've seen a Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain) film on the big screen, you've lived well! If not, don't miss out. Highly recommended for fans of surreal, avant-garde, and just plain strange, aesthetically-pleasing cinema. 2K DCP digital restoration. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
TWIN PEAKS: Fire Walk With Me - (Saturday) David Lynch madness at midnight! Special pre-show by Daniel Knox at 11:30pm. SPECIAL SCREENING AFTER THE SHOW! The fun continues on Sunday at 10pm for another FREE SECRET SCREENING. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. More info on their Facebook Event Page.
TWISTER / JAWS at the Drive-In - (Sept. 1st & 2nd) Dissecting the “Sharknado,” TWISTER and JAWS will be screening at the McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050. (847) 362-3011.
THE GOONIES - (Sept. 1st-4th at 5pm & 11pm) The Logan begins their September Cringe Cinema Late Night series. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
MULHOLLAND DRIVE - (Sept. 2nd at 3pm & Sept. 6th at 7:45pm) 2K DCP digital restoration of this lovely David Lynch dark mystery. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND - (Sept. 1st) Playing in theaters one week only!
JACKALS - (Sept. 1st) Now in theaters (limited) and On Demand!
BABY DRIVER [35mm] - (Sept. 1st-7th) Catch Edgar Wright's latest thrilling, action-packed project on 35mm! (Times vary.) The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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
SERIE NOIRE [35mm] - (Sept. 4th at 7pm) French Neo-noir, post-punk film presented by the Chicago Film Society. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MOTEL HELL - (Sept. 5th at 10:30pm) - Presented by IT movie! Swag will be available! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
METROPOLIS - (Sept. 5th at 7:30pm) Live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren on the historic 1927 pipe organ! Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.
EL SANTO vs. LAS MUJERES VAMPIRO - (Sept. 6th at 8pm) Comfort Film, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
ALICE COOPER in MILLENNIUM PARK - (Sept. 5th) The great ALICE COOPER will introduce a free screening of WAYNE'S WORLD on a 40-ft. LED screen. Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn.
Bruce Campbell Live - (Sept. 1st at 7pm) SOLD OUT. Chicago book tour as Bruce promotes his new book, Hail to the Chin. Interactive trivia and more shenanigans. Everyone will get a signed copy of his new book! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
STRANGER THINGS-Themed Bar - Visit this pop-up bar in Logan Square through the end of September! Check out the pictures! 2367 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL.
September Scares - (Sept. 5th-19th) Enjoy various indie horror screenings at the Davis all month. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.
KILTER Magazine Release Party - (Sept. 1st at 6pm) Independent magazine with a focus on the Chicago dark underground scene. BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
House of Torment Haunted House Chicago - Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for their opening on September 22nd. Two new attractions this year!
Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
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.
Alias Grace - (Sept. 1st-Oct. 15th) World premiere adaptation of Margaret Atwood's story about Grace Marks, a young lady in Canada, who was charged with murder in 1843. She was imprisoned for years, despite having no recollection of having committed these brutal crimes. Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
Machinal - (Aug. 11th-Sept. 24th) Inspired by the true story of the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, who killed her husband. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.
Shockheaded Peter - (August 11th - Sept. 16th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents the return of one of the greatest, strangest, quirkiest, most macabre performances to grace the Chicago stage! If you have a penchant for dark humor and puppets, this is a must. The same group that last performed in 2001 will return! Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. (Ages 13+ only.) Tickets.
Night in Alachua County - (Sept. 5th-Oct. 7th) (Previews 9/5-9/7.) By Jennifer Rumberger. Directed by Christopher M. Walsh. WildClaw Theatre presents a new disturbing play that tosses in mother-daughter woes, an eyeless demon, and necromancy. Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
Improvised Twilight Zone - (Fridays at 8pm through 10/27) Improv comedy using audience suggestions to create three episodes. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
The Veil - (August 17th - Sept. 17th) Set in 1822, this is a historical thriller, ghost story, and a love story all in one. Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.
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!
Summer Exhibits at LUMA - The Loyola University Museum of Art offers three photography exhibitions this summer: Susan Aurinko: Searching for Jehanne – The Joan of Arc Project, Jeffrey Wolin: Pigeon Hill: Then and Now, and Michelle Murphy: Responsive Beauty. To celebrate, the museum offers free admission through November 11th! 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist - (June 25th - Sept. 10th) A deep look into the artist's creative process. Hours: Daily 10:30pm-5pm; Thursdays until 8pm. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg - (June 6th - Sept. 24th) Retrospective of over 3 decades of his whimsical work! Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago, Chicago, IL 60611.
GOBLIN Live in Concert - (October 25th) Start planning Halloween early with tickets to another rare chance to see Goblin live! Their first stop in North America this year will be in Chicago.
John Carpenter: Anthology Tour - (November 9th) The Master of Horror returns to Chicago for more chilling music at the Aragon Ballroom. Tickets are now on sale! 17+.
DUSK-TO-DAWN HORROR FEST - (Sept. 23rd) ALIENS, DAY OF THE DEAD, HALLOWEEN II, and MANIAC! Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Rd., Sterling, IL.
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