Chicago Horror and Sci-Fi Events in May

Chicago Horror and Sci-Fi Events in May
70mm presentations of 2001: A Space Odyssey hosted by the Music Box Theatre through May 29th.

I will be on vacation today through next weekend, so the events list is filled with screenings, horror plays, exhibits, and more genre fun going on throughout the rest of the month of May. The list is as comprehensive as it can be right now, but venues could be adding more films next week.

Enjoy 70mm and 35mm screenings, movies being shown outdoors this summer, drive-in fun, events at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, and plenty of free events! The Sense8 event hosted by the Wachowskis is selling out, so be sure to reserve your tickets ASAP.

Enjoy the warm weather!

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”


2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY [70mm] - (May 18th-29th) 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's epic film. Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

PANIC IN THE STREETS [35mm] - (May 23rd at 7pm & 9:30pm) A killer unknowingly infected with the Plague is loose on the streets of New Orleans and must be found within two days before the contagion spreads. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

MAGIC [35mm] - (May 24th at 9:30pm) Anthony Hopkins as a failed magician who reinvigorates his act as a ventriloquist who soon feels like his dummy has plans of his own. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

GHOST STORIES - (May 18th & 19th at 11:45pm) Horror anthology of 3 strange tales that are cases a skeptic plans to debunk. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

LABYRINTH - (May 18th-21st) On May 18th, kick off the screening by dressing up for the David Bowie costume party at 8pm and win tickets to Pitchfork! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. Also: A Quiet Place, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Life of the Party.

SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - (May 22nd-24th at 10:40pm) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

DEADPOOL 2 / SUPER TROOPERS 2 at the Drive-In - (May 18th-20th) D2 at 8:30pm and ST2 at 10:40pm. 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.

Music Box Theatre's Outdoor Summer Movie Series - (May 16th-Sept. 19th) See classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Back to the Future, Twister, and more on Wednesdays. Gates open at 6pm. Movies at 7:30pm. Free. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID - (May 18th & 20th) The Chicago Cinema Society and Chicago Filmmakers host this film (aka Vuelven) adored by both Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King this Friday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 7pm. Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL. $10.

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

AVENGERS: Infinity War / RAMPAGE at the Drive-In - (May 18th & 19th) 8:40pm and 11:40pm. McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050.

CATS, BATS, RATS, AND ROSES: Films for Spring Fever - (May 25th at 7pm) Weird, funny short film showcase. 16mm and digital formats. Film Studies Center. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL. (Free.)

DARK SIDE OF THE RAINBOW - (May 25th-28th at 11pm) The Wizard of Oz paired with Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

SENSE8 Final Episode - (May 25th at 7pm) One day only! Tickets selling out (VIP tickets sold out). Hosted by Lana and Karin Wachowski! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

PHENOMENA [35mm] - (May 26th & 27th at 11:30am) (U.S. Cut) Please note, Dario Argento's film (aka Creepers) screens in the morning. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

SOLO: A Star Wars Story / AVENGERS: Infinity War at the Drive-In - (May 25th-27th) Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, Sterling, IL. (Closed May 18th & 19th.)

MEMORIES OF MURDER - (May 27th at 7pm) (DCP) Bong Joon-ho's very fine film for the Korean New Wave series. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

Chicago Philharmonic Presents Hollywood Heroes - (May 27th at 3pm) Dress up as your favorite Hollywood hero or star and enjoy listening to live musical performances of excerpts from films such as Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Spider-Man, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and more. Harris Theater, Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL.


WildClaw Theatre's FUTURE ECHOES - (April 27th-May 27th) Celebrating 10 years of bringing horror to the Chicago stage, WildClaw Theatre presents a new horror production written by Paul Foster and directed by Norine McGrath. A group of college friends reunite at a dinner party and reminisce about the past, soon realizing that time is no longer on their side. The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622.

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS - (May 23rd-Aug. 19th) Lookingglass Theatre presents a stage production of this wonderful classic tale. Directed by David Kersnar. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60622.

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.


Ivan Albright, “Picture of Dorian Gray,” 1943/1944.

Ivan Albright, “Picture of Dorian Gray,” 1943/1944.

FLESH: IVAN ALBRIGHT artwork at the Art Institute - (May 4th-Aug. 5th) A nice selection of ghoulishly macabre works by painter Ivan Albright will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring! Native to 20th Century Chicago, Albright, a master of the macabre, began painting ghoulish subjects, including “Flesh” in 1928, which became an ongoing theme throughout his career. He felt very strongly about portraying the way of the flesh (as “fleshy” as possible) and this obsession is a big part of what makes his paintings so incredibly striking. Feast your eager eyes on the splendid beauty of decay. Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 273, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.

The Science Behind Pixar - (Opens May 24th) Learn about the science and technology behind the wonderful films Pixar creates. All ages. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

Angel Onofre Solo Art Show - (through June 17th) Opening reception May 24th from 5pm-7pm. Visit the weird, wild world of artist Angel Onofre's imagination! Blick Art Materials, 42 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60603.

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.


Chicago Zine Fest - (May 18th & 19th) Celebrate small press and independent publishers with 250+ writers, artists, and publishers through workshops and more. Panel discussions Friday evening. Free.

Bucket O' Blood Books & Records - Join Bucket O' Blood for a choice of free events happening all month long. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. BYOB. 21+.

Movie Trivia Night - (May 22nd at 8:30pm) Join in the fun and win stuff! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

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.


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


Juggernaut Film Festival - (June 2nd & 3rd) Hosted by Star Trek's Gates McFadden. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. More info soon.

THEY LIVE [35mm] Screening (FREE!) - (May 31st at 7pm) Block Museum, Evanston.

Released and Abandoned: VHS Trailer-a-Rama - (May 30th at 8pm) Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.

Chicago Underground Film Festival - (June 6th-10th) CUFF returns to Chicago! 2558 W. 16th, Stage 18, Chicago, IL 60608.

Outdoor Movie Series Millennium Park - (June 5th-Aug. 21st) The beloved free outdoor movie series is back on Tuesdays at 6:30pm! GET OUT, MAD MAX: Fury Road, Coco, School of Rock, and more. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn, Chicago, IL. (FREE)

Hearse Show at Brauerhouse - (June 9th) 5th anniversary show in Lombard, IL.

Cinepocalypse - (June 21st-28th) Held at the Music Box Theatre, a ton of special guests and horror movie premieres! Festival passes are available now. New updated schedule!

CASTING CALL for MIASMA: a terror experience in June!

Times are subject to change.

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