Quick events list to keep your horror cravings satisfied!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
Flashback Weekend Horror Con - (August 3rd-5th) Annual horror convention with celebrity guests, panels, vendors, and outdoor screenings (Child's Play and Fright Night). Don't miss cast reunions of Fright Night, Child's Play, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter! See site for full schedule and photo op information. Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.
NOSFERATU [16mm] - (Aug. 3rd at 7pm & 9:30pm) F.W. Murnau, 1922. Start Halloween early! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI [16mm] - (Aug. 4th at 7pm & 9:30pm) Robert Wiene, 1920. It's a fine time for classic German Expressionism. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
THE CAPTAIN - (Aug. 3rd-Aug. 9th ) Best Film winner at Cinepocalypse 2018! Q&A with director Robert Schwentke at 7:30pm TONIGHT. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE MIST - (Aug. 3rd & 4th at midnight) Experience the black and white version on the big screen! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
HARAKIRI Film & Pre-Party - (Aug. 3rd) Free party at 7:30pm includes sword demonstrations from the Japanese Culture Center's swordsmanship group, Mugai Ryu Chicago. $10 film at 9pm. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG - (Aug. 3rd & 4th at midnight) New 4K restoration! Important blaxploitation film by Melvin Van Peebles. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE THIRD MURDER - (Aug. 3rd-9th) Chicago premiere of Japanese noir/murder mystery. Times vary. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through Aug. 9th) 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.
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, Back to the Future and more on Wednesdays. Gates open at 6pm. Movies at 7:30pm. Free. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
Outdoor Movie Series Millennium Park - (June 5th-Aug. 21st) The beloved free outdoor movie series is back on Tuesdays at 6:30pm! 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
THE INFINITE WRENCH - (Aug. 3rd-26th) The Neo-Futurists present 2-minute plays ranging from funny to terrifying to disgusting. Fridays/Saturdays at 11:30pm and Sundays at 7pm. The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60640.
DELICATE DECAY - (Aug. 6th & 13th at 8pm) Solo sketch show directed by Jillian Mueller. Enter a world where a man lives beneath your floorboards and the taxidermy talks smack behind your back. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS - (May 23rd-Sept. 9th) 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 November 30th, 2018.
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.
Saints and Sinners Walking Tour - (through Sept. 28th) Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice walking tour. (Friday is SOLD OUT). 21+.
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!
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.
SUMMER OF '84 - (Aug. 10th & 11th) Straight out of Cinepocalypse, two nights only with a Q&A with writer Stephen J. Smith. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Silent Summer Film Festival - (Aug. 17th-19th) Live organ by Jay Warren! Hosted by the Silent Film Society of Chicago.
Wheaton All-Night Flea Market - (August 18th from 3pm-3am) Shop to your spooky heart's delight until 3am!
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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