Weekend Bets: Krampus Events, Art Shows, Gingerbread Grindhouse

Weekend Bets: Krampus Events, Art Shows, Gingerbread Grindhouse
The Shape of Water opens this weekend in Chicago! Image Source: IMDb.com

The Krampus craze is still running full speed ahead with haunted house events, holiday markets, art exhibits, and more. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water opens in Chicago this weekend, and it's going to be a great weekend for gallery hopping.

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


Facets Warehouse Movie Sale - (Dec. 7th-14th) Titles as low as .99 cents! Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.

THE SHAPE OF WATER - Guillermo del Toro's latest creature feature fairy tale is a must-see. Check local listings for times at AMC Theatres, Landmark Century Centre Cinema, ArcLight Chicago, and Century 12 Evanston.

UNA - (Dec. 8th-14th) Psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) exploring themes of abuse and guilt. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614.

IT - (Dec. 8th-14th; Closed Dec. 9th & 11th) Grab some drinks and enjoy Pennywise at the Brew & View! Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL. 6:30pm. ($5)

ST. FRANCIS HEARS A NOISE - (Dec. 10th at 6pm) Psychotronic sci-fi feature about a sound recordist whose microphone seems to be picking up sounds from the great beyond. Director Jimmy Schaus in attendance. Presented by ACRE Projects. $7-$10. Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.

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

HANSEL AND GRETEL - (Dec. 9th) Live in HD in theaters, encore presentation of holiday weirdness via Fathom Events. (Check out the trailer on the site. Creepy chefs with pink, bloated heads!)

RE-ANIMATOR - (Dec. 8th at 7pm) Free screening at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. BYOB. (SOLD OUT)


ISHIRO HONDA: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa Book Release Party - (Dec. 10th at 3pm) Presentation by author Ed Godziszewski. Food, drinks, BYOB. Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

KRAMPUS: A Haunted Christmas at 13th Floor Haunted House - (Dec. 8th & 9th) 13th Floor Haunted House, 1940 George, St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.

WAREHOUSE X KRAMPUS NIGHT Haunted House - (Dec. 8th & 9th from 7pm-11pm) 601 Dundee Avenue, East Dundee, IL 60118.

FRIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Haunted House - (Dec. 8th & 9th) Factory of Fear, 5027 4th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265.

KRAMPUSLAUF - (Dec. 9th from 7pm-2am) Dress up as Krampus, St. Nick, angels, dark angels, or wear an ugly sweater for the crawl. Art exhibit, live German music, Ugly Sweater contest, Drink & Draw, and more. The Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120.

KRAMPUS & ST. NICK - (Dec. 9th, 16th, 23rd from 6pm-9pm) Traditional German event. The characters will be present. Hofbraühaus Chicago, 5500 Park Pl., Rosemont, IL 60018.

TOYS FOR TOTS - (Dec. 9th from 3:30pm-1am) Bands for a good cause. Bada Brew, 802-804 Theodore Street, Crest Hill, IL 60403.


Holiday Mini Art Show - (Dec. 8th from 7pm-11pm) 3rd annual holiday mini exhibit displaying original artwork from 50 artists. All pieces priced under $50. Sponsored by Revolution Brewing. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.

Jimmy Beans Art Show: Saturnalia - (Dec. 9th from 5pm-11pm) 30+ artists celebrate Saturnalia through mixed media artwork. All work is dark / low light. Jimmy Beans Coffee, 2553 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.

Madman's Eye: The Art of Mac Blackout - (Dec. 8th from 6pm-10pm) Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. Free. All ages.

Miskatonic Brewing Holiday Bazaar - (Dec. 9th from noon-7pm) Various artists. 1000 N. Frontage Road, Ste. C, Darien, IL 60561.

PAZ: Piñatas & Zines - (Dec. 9th from 7pm-10pm) Various artists. Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey #208, Chicago, IL 60647.

Prints of Unusual Size - (Dec. 9th from 7pm-10pm) Woodcut prints, live printing demos, ceramics, posters, tees, gifts, snacks, and more. Hoofprint Workshop, 2433 S. Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

RAPTURE Dark Art Exhibition - (Oct. 28th-Jan. 7th, 2018) Group dark art show featuring artists of all skill levels from around the world. 18+. Viewings available Wednesdays through Sundays 2pm-7pm. Aeon Gallery, 10331 Main St., Richmond, IL 60071.

RODIN: Sculptor and Storyteller - (through March 4th, 2018) Seeing Auguste Rodin's famous sculptures up close and personal is definitely an experience to remember and cherish. Hours. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL.

Roswel Solo Art Show - (Dec. 9th from 7pm-10:30pm) “No Bad Days” exhibit. Roswel “utilizes his playful Yeti character to explore everyday life in Chicago's urban landscape.” Presented by Graffiti Institute at Chicago Young Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642.

WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE AGE OF AQUARIUS - (through March 11th, 2018) British visionary, poet, and artist who greatly impacted American artists. This exhibit seeks to display those influences of non-conformity and self-expression. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.

STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):

nutcracker nightmareGingerbread Grindhouse featuring Nutcracker Nightmare - (Dec. 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th) Ghostlight Ensemble presents a holiday horror tale in tribute to classic films on the violent side. A series of live Grindhouse-style trailers will be performed, leading up to the feature, Nutcracker Nightmare, which is a holiday tale of children vs. the toys they love that try to kill everyone they care about. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614.

Hitch*Cocktails - (Fridays at 10pm) Alfred Hitchcock-themed improv skits based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through Dec. 29th, 2017.

ho ho homicideHO HO Homicide - (Dec. 12th, Jan. 6th) Murder Mystery Dinner. Lino's, 5611 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108.

Improvised Black Mirror - (Extended through Dec. 29th) Styled after the popular techno horror television show, Black Mirror, the group performs a new episode based on a suggestion. Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613. $12.

Lizzie - (Nov. 11th-Dec. 17th) “Lizzie Borden took an axe...!” This musical reignites the legendary story by adding a female rock band to add rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder! The debut of Firebrand Theatre, a musical company dedicated to putting women in charge onstage and behind the scenes. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.


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.

Haunted Chicago Walking Tour - (Sept. 2nd through Dec. 30th) America's Tours & Second City Tours, 2959 N. Springfield, Chicago, IL 60618. (Goldstar discount HERE.)

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.


Chicago Metal Market - (Dec. 16th from 12:30pm-4:30pm) Shop vinyl, CDs, tees, patches, art, and more. Metal vendors and artists. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.

QUEEN OF THE DAMNED / DETROIT ROCK CITY - (Dec. 13th at 8pm) Horror vendors, giveaways, 21+. Free. Fat Cat Chicago, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.

A VERY SCARY AXE-MAS Haunted House - (Dec. 15th & 16th) Basement of the Dead Haunted House, Aurora, IL.

CHRISTMAS FEAR Haunted House - (Dec. 15th, 16th, 17th) Midnight Terror Haunted House, Oak Lawn, IL.

CHRISTMAS NIGHTMARE Haunted House - (Dec. 16th, 22nd, 23rd) Massacre Haunted House, Montgomery, IL.

Con+Alt+Delete Anime Con - (Dec. 15th-17th) Chicago anime comic con at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, IL.

SLAY BELLS RING - (Jan. 13th, 2018) Murder Mystery Dinner. Skellington Manor, 420 18th St., Rock Island, IL 61201. (Dec. 16th already sold out, so book your tickets soon!)

Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - The fest will be in late April.


Gene Siskel Film Center is closed for renovations through January 4th, 2018. However, screenings will continue offsite at various locations. Please bookmark siskelfilmcenter.org/onlocation to check the schedule.

CLOSED: Drive-Ins are now closed for the season and will re-open their gates next spring.

Creepy Electronic Props for Sale in Tinley Park! A scientist hoarded countless items in his barn and the police want you to check it out. Great ideas for film and theatre props.

Times are subject to change.

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