It's another wild weekend in Chicago for genre fans. The Halloween season is moving in slowly but steadily like a fog hiding monsters we actually want to find...
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
DEMONS with star GERETTA GERETTA in person! - (Sept. 1st from 1pm-6pm) Meet star Geretta Geretta! She will be signing photo stills, Demon dolls, and will have Blu-Rays for purchase. DEMONS screens around 3:30pm-4pm. Fans may bring some of their own items to get signed, as well. Reel Art Collectibles, 6727 Stanley Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402.
KING COHEN: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen - (Aug. 31st-Sept. 6th) A must-see documentary for Cohen fans! He's made so many cult favorites, such as The Stuff, It's Alive, Black Caesar, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Ambulance, and more. Learn about the man behind all of these great flicks and why he is a living legend. Facets Cinémath
èque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
REVENGE - (Aug. 31st & Sept. 1st at 10pm) Two shows only! Norwegian horror-thriller about a woman goes on a manhunt after they sorely underestimated her ability to survive and fight back. Facets Cinémath
èque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
HEREDITARY - (Aug. 31st-Sept. 6th) Ari Aster's brilliant film screens daily at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE FOREST OF LOST SOULS - (Aug. 31st-Sept. 6th) Two strangers visit a forest intending to end their lives, but meet and decide to explore the forest while getting to know each other, which goes horribly wrong. Facets Cinémath
èque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
THE VIOLENCE MOVIE - (Aug. 31st at 8:30pm) Windy City Horrorama presents this screening at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
SUNSET BOULEVARD [35mm] - (Sept. 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 11:30am) Matinee magnificence! Highly recommended. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Logan Theatre movies - Great selection this weekend: The Happytime Murders, The Black KKKlansman, The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Sorry to Bother You, and Crazy Rich Asians. 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through Sept. 6th) 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.
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
NIGHTMARES AND NIGHTCAPS: The Stories of John Collier - (Aug. 17th-Sept. 15th) Black Button Eyes Productions presents Collier's humorous stories of the most bizarre and fantastical as told by an ominous host. Tickets $30 GA/ Students $15. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657.
THE INFINITE WRENCH - (Aug. 3rd-Dec. 9th) 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.
CLUED IN: An Improvised Murder Mystery - (Sept. 6th-Nov. 1st) Interactive improv comedy murder mystery. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
Fearless Women in Science Fiction - (Sept. 4th at 6:30pm) Discussion with accomplished sci-fi writers Mary Robinette Kowal, Sue Burke, and Tessa Gratton. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.
The Hunting Accident Discussion - (Sept. 6th at 6:30pm) Author David L. Carlson discusses his true crime graphic novel with Landis Blair and Charlie Rizzo. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.
Saints and Sinners Walking Tour - (through Oct. 26th) Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice walking tour. 21+.
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.
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.
Dusk-to-Dawn HorrorFest at Midway Drive-In - (Sept. 22nd) The Thing, The Funhouse, and more TBA! Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, Sterling, IL.
70mm Film Festival - (Sept. 14th-27th) Music Box Theatre.
NOSFERATU with Live Organ - (Sept. 27th) Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
Chicago Horror Film Festival - (Sept. 28th) DeKalb, IL.
The Massacre 24-Hour Film Fest - (Sept. 29th) AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE CHANGELING, PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, NIGHTBREED, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, and more. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market - (Oct. 20th) Special guest Robert Mukes (Bone Tomahawk, House of 1000 Corpses, Westworld) DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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