As Valentine's Day approaches, a fun way to enjoy the holiday is to go off the beaten path and do whatever your heart desires. (It's all about hearts, right?) Granted, experts expect a good foot of snow to drop on the Midwest today, but if you're snowed in, many of these events last through next week.
**Please check with the venues for snow day closures before leaving the comfort of your warm homes!**
From haunted house events to horror film screenings, there's always something unique to do that still fits within the parameters of technically celebrating what's become a corporate-pushed holiday over the years. One doesn't need a date to appreciate these events, either. Sometimes, following one's heart leads straight to getting seduced by a witch.
THE LOVE WITCH [35mm] - (Feb. 9th, 12th, 14th) Date movie or not, this visually stunning film returns to the big screen! A modern day witch seduces men with spells and potions to gain their affections which brings unexpected results. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Chicago, IL 60601.
SUSPIRIA - (Feb. 9th & 10th) More enticing witchery for horror fans at the stroke of midnight this weekend! Dario Argento's eye-popping masterpiece has been thrilling fans for 41 years. 4K digital restoration. “Presented in its original 98-minute runtime, rescanned from the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative in 4K resolution at Technicolor Rome in Italy, with the supervision of Argento's director of photography Lucian Tovoli.” Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
OPEN HEART SURGERY 2: Invasive Procedures - (Feb. 14th from 8pm-10pm) Chill yourself to the bone on Valentine's Day with horror performances and offerings presented by WildClaw Theatre! Music, poems, sweet creepy confections, and more. Facebook Event Page. Steppenwolf 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614.
VALENTINE'S DAY IN WONDERLAND HAUNTED HOUSE - (Feb. 10th) Basement of the Dead presents a weekend of horrors with the Queen of Hearts! Attendees are given a sole lighted rose to guide their way through the dark basement. Take a photo with the Queen in the waiting area. 48 W. New York St., Aurora, IL 60506. (CLOSED FRIDAY. Had tickets? They will be valid to use on Saturday.)
LOVE BITES - (Feb. 10th) Lord Tenebris, his brides, and his minions are all waiting for you. Can you destroy him before it's too late? 13th Floor Haunted House, 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160. CLOSED FRIDAY. Ticket will still be valid on Saturday.
LOVE HURTS: A Valentine's Slasher Experience - (Feb. 9th & 10th) Haunted Hills Hospital presents a haunt experience where guests must find the serial killer, Mr. Grim. Styled after 80s slashers, who will survive? Promo code: “BEMINE.” 4700 Central Avenue, Lake Station, IN 46405.
STRAY CAT ROCK: Sex Hunter - (Feb. 9th & 10th) Japanese girl gang juvenile delinquents are out for revenge in this groovy third entry in the Stray Cat Rock series. Presented by The Front Row. Sponsored by Daily Grindhouse and The AV Club. Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
LOVE NEVER DIES - (Feb. 14th-March 4th) Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, taking place a decade after the phantom disappeared from the Paris Opera House. Living among the freak show circuit in Coney Island, news of Christine's being in town drives him to once again aim to win her love. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60603.
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
LOVE OBJECT / MY BLOODY VALENTINE - (Feb. 14th at 8pm) Free double feature on Valentine's Day. Horror-themed vendors, giveaways, and more. Fat Cat Chicago, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. 21+.
WILD Hearts Valentine's Flea Market - (Feb. 11th from noon-7pm) Off Color Brewing at the Mousetrap, 1460 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL 60642.
THE SHINING-Inspired Pop-Up Bar - (Through Feb. 10th) Drink inspired cocktails like the “Redrum” and “The Grady Twins” upstairs in The Rookery, where “Room 237” will take on the haunted hotel theme from The Shining, appearing Saturday nights after 9pm. Stephen King-themed trivia, actors dressed as characters, live music, creepy decor. First-come, first-served.
DRAG ME TO HELL - (Feb. 15th at 9:45pm) Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN [35mm] - (Feb. 11th at 11:30am) Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER - (Feb. 9th-15th) Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Chicago, IL 60601.
THE WOMAN WHO LEFT - (Feb. 9th at 7pm) Film Studies Center, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL.
Naked Art Museum Scavenger Hunt - (Feb. 10th & 11th at 1pm) No worries–the nudity is on the canvas! Adult-oriented art tour. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603.
Valentine's Morbid Curiosities at the IMSS - (Feb. 14th & 15th) **SOLD OUT** While this event is sold out, it's still a good bet to make a point to visit this museum at another time. Trust me! International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610.
Ladykillers: Deadly Women Throughout History - (Feb. 11th) **SOLD OUT** Unfortunately, this event sold out a long time ago, but the store is fantastic and worth stopping by any time their doors are open! Check out their Heavy Metal Happy Hour event TONIGHT. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Chicago Theatre Week - (Feb. 8th-18th) Pick from a large selection of stage performances throughout Chicago. $15-$30.
Rhinofest - (through Feb. 25th) 29th Annual Rhinoceros theater festival at Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.
Please join The Chicago Creepout for current updates on Facebook HERE!