Another great variety of ways to spend your weekend going through next week in the city of Chicago and beyond. Weird dark art exhibits, horror screenings, outdoor movies, horror plays, and the biggest, baddest convention ever to celebrate Godzilla!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
G-FEST XXV - (July 13th-15th) 25th anniversary of the largest convention celebrating all things Godzilla and more family-friendly Japanese monster fun with movies, Q&As with cast members, gaming, shopping, and more. Pay at the door and arrive early to beat the huge crowds. Weekend Passes: Adults $50 / Kids 15 & under $25 / Kids 5 & under Free! Daily Passes: Adults $30 / Kids 15 & under $15 / Kids 5 & under Free! Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial - (July 13th-16th at 11pm) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE MURDERER LIVES AT NUMBER 21 - (July 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th) (1942) French. New restoration! First directorial project by Clouzot (Diabolique). A mysterious killer terrorizes Paris while an inspector searches for him in a boarding house that inhabits a handful of very strange tenants. Who could it be? Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
A QUIET PLACE - (July 13th, 15th, 17th-19th) Horror thriller that requires absolute silence to fully appreciate! 9:15pm. Brew & View at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL.
Drive-In: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP / JURASSIC WORLD - (July 13th-19th) Box Office opens at 7pm. Cascade Drive-In, 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185. Adults $10. Kids ages 5-11 $5.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through July 19th) Stranger than fiction documentary about three strangers who reunite after having been separated at birth and adopted by different families. Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS [35mm] - (July 13th & 14th) Midnight. Truly bonkers comedy that is weird enough to fit quite well on this list. It's fantastic. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. (Also screens Wednesday, July 18th at 9:30pm.)
Drive-In: SKYSCRAPER / JURASSIC WORLD - (July 13th & 14th) Box Office opens at 7pm. Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, Sterling, IL 61021.
Drive-In: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: Summer Vacation / INCREDIBLES 2 - (July 13th-19th) McHenry Outdoor Theater, 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
URGH! A MUSIC WAR [35mm] - (July 16th at 7pm) (1981) Presented by the Chicago Film Society, enjoy a selection of some of the best musical acts to rise during the Reagan era: Devo, Echo and the Bunnymen, Oingo Boingo, Gary Numan, The Cramps, XTC, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Movies in the Parks Outdoor Film Series - (Begins June 15th) The Chicago Park District's wonderful annual outdoor film series is back with another fun selection of family-friendly films. Free to the public! Movies begin at dusk. Please see the site to find a participating park near you.
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. TWISTER July 18th!
Outdoor Movie Series Millennium Park - (June 5th-Aug. 21st) The beloved free outdoor movie series is back on Tuesdays at 6:30pm! GET OUT, School of Rock, and more. Hosted by the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn, Chicago, IL. (FREE)
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
TV PARTY with Sinema Obscura - (July 18th 7pm-10pm) Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
PAN'S LABYRINTH - (July 19th at 7pm) Movie and discussion. Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE - (July 14th-22nd) Horror-inspired stories based on real world experiences and anxieties today's LGBTQ youth face on a daily basis. This can be in the form of cyberbullying, increased violence, hospital mistreatment, walking home alone at night, and many other situations. The stories offered are of survival, resistance, and victory against the dark side. Presented by About Face Theatre Youth Ensemble. Located at The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL. Tickets are $20 or pay-what-you-can.
NIGHTSHADE Horror Anthology - (Through July 14th) One-act horror plays via Memoriam Development. Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302.
HORRIFIED - (July 16th at 8pm) Exploring fear and the strange way humans deal with it through sketches and songs. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS - (May 23rd-Aug. 26th) 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 August 10th, 2018.
BAT-HAMLET - (through July 14th) When Shakespeare and Batman collide... Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60618. (BYOB)
Deadly Prey Gallery - (July 15th from 10am-3pm) See amazing hand-painted movie posters from Ghana up close on the lawn! They're wilder than you think! Highly recommended. Comfort Station Logan Square, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Pintura Obscura - (July 13th 6pm-10pm) Dark & whimsical art show in Pilsen. 1637 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL.
Summer of Satan Night Market - (July 14th) Dark art, drinks, tarot, and more! Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60647.
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.
A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Planning in Mid-century Chicago - (through August 17th) Free, rare surrealist art exhibit presented by the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611.
The Science Behind Pixar - (through Jan. 6th, 2019) 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.
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.
Troll Hunt! - (through the summer of 2019) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!
Otherworld Theatre's Grand Opening - (July 14th) This new venue will be a safe place for sci-fi and fantasy fans to congregate! Not only will they perform plays, but the community will have opportunities to engage in cosplay meetups, trivia nights, gaming, viewing parties, classes, and more. Celebrate with them at the grand opening this Saturday from 7pm-midnight. $25 ticket includes food, drinks, and entertainment. 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
Chicago Oddities and Curiosities Expo - (July 21st from 11am-6pm) Brand new event! Shop for antiques, taxidermy, weird specimens, unique jewelry and art, bones, and other strange delights. Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park, IL.
GREETINGS FROM CASTLE ROCK: A Stephen King Film Festival - (July 27th & 28th) Celebrate Stephen King on 35mm! The Losers' Club curates 8 films that relate to Castle Rock in anticipation of the upcoming series on Hulu. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Flashback Weekend Horror Con - (August 3rd-5th) Annual horror convention with celebrity guests, panels, vendors, and outdoor screenings (Child's Play and Fright Night). Crown Plaze Chicago O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL.
Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN Live Score to SUSPIRIA - (Nov. 18th) Reggies Rock Club, 2109 N. State, Chicago, IL 60616. 17+. Tickets on sale NOW.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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