There's always a little something for everyone to enjoy in any one of the great independent theatres in Chicago. Check out The Endless, My Friend Dahmer, A Quiet Place, RHPS Midnight Madness, Save the Green Planet, and more! 35mm and digital projection options.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
THE ENDLESS - (April 20th-26th) Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead team up for another interesting entry in the genre following indie horror favorites SPRING and RESOLUTION. In The Endless, after receiving a strange video message, two brothers decide to revisit a UFO death cult they'd escaped a decade earlier in the hopes of finding closure on this trip. Things get a little crazy! Times vary. (DCP) The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MY FRIEND DAHMER - (April 20th-26th) Back by popular demand! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
TRUTH OR DARE / A QUIET PLACE at the Drive-in! - (April 20th-22nd) Films screen at 8:00pm and 9:50pm respectively. New digital projection. Box office opens at 7pm. Adults $10; Kids ages 5-11 $5; free entry for kids under age 5. Cascade Drive-In, 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
SAVE THE GREEN PLANET! [35mm] - (April 22nd at 7pm) 2003 South Korean fantasy about a young man who takes it upon himself to abduct Korean leaders, believing they're “toxic reptilian aliens” planning on a takeover of Earth. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - (April 22nd at 2pm) Kid-friendly event! Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.
FIRST BLOOD - (April 20th-23rd at 11:10pm) Rambo! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screening: A Quiet Place, Blockers, Isle of Dogs, and The Death of Stalin.)
Movie Trivia Night - (April 24th from 8pm-11pm) Win gift cards, swag, food/drink tickets, and more. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (April 21st) Midnight Madness returns to the Music Box Theatre with a shadowcast! 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
STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME - (April 20th-May 5th) Based on the classic Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney animated feature. Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. Get half-off discounted tickets on Goldstar.com!
DOWN THE ROCKY ROAD AND ALL THE WAY TO BEDLAM - (April 5th-May 13th) Otherworld Theatre presents a sci-fi cyberpunk tale of a broken family dealing with the death of a daughter. An android named Zelazny struggles with conflicted feelings, dealing with her own evolution while the house of Bedlam is collapsing. Nox Arca Theatre, 4001 N. Ravenswood #405, Chicago, IL 60613.
SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (March 9th-April 29th) In the mood for bloody meat pies and sweet revenge? See website for information on dinner packages. No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60626.
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 May 25th, 2018.
Record Store Day Prehistoric Party - (April 21st from 10am-9pm) Party begins at noon. Doors open at 10am. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) You know you want to... Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
Svengoolie Coffin & More - One of the cooler things to do on a tight budget 6 days out of the week! The highlight for horror fans, of course, is the Svengoolie exhibit with his original coffin and the show's set, along with pieces from Shock Theatre. There are plenty of other cool things to see related to Chicago television and film, like a large display of items from Bozo's Circus, retro TV sets, journalism history, advertising artifacts, and so much more. The SNL exhibit is also stationed in the building. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, Chicago, IL 60654.
Gun Ballet: The Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games - (March 2nd-June 24th) View the most common styles of violence in video game history, ranging from beautiful to excessive. Video Game Art Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale #102, Chicago, IL 60647. Regular hours: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm; Sundays noon-5pm or call by appointment 773-668-6797.
On/Off Grid - (April 6th-June 3rd) Curated by Lydia Fu in the Gallery/Café, this exhibit displays contemporary Asian American and Asian Diasporic artists who've explored ideas and dreams regarding society's relationships with technology. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
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.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
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.
A Celebration of Slashers - (April 28th, all day) Pop Culture Conference with horror-themed panels and keynote speaker, director Rachel Talalay (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl, Riverdale, Doctor Who).
WildClaw Theatre's Future Echoes - (April 27th-May 27th) See previous post in link to learn more! The Den Theatre, Chicago, IL.
Chicago Independent Film (+TV) Festival - (April 28th & 29th) Films will be screened at two locations: The New 400 Theatres on the 28th and at Damen Cinema (Loyola University) on the 29th.
Near Death Experience with Neil Tobin - (May 5th & 6th) Interactive, mortality-themed theatre with Neil Tobin. May Chapel, Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL.
FLESH: IVAN ALBRIGHT artwork at the Art Institute - (May 4th-Aug. 5th) A nice selection of ghoulishly macabre works by Ivan Albright will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring!
Juggernaut Film Festival - (June 2nd & 3rd) Music Box Theatre. More info soon.
Windy City Horrorama Film Festival - (April 27th-29th) New independent film festival to debut at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.
Times are subject to change.
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Fans of local fantastic, bizarre movie CHICAGO ROT can now pre-order the original soundtrack! Official release was Friday the 13th of April. Pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDbaby, and Apple Music.