“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
SUMMER OF '84 - (Aug. 17th & 18th at midnight) A standout at Cinepocalypse Film Festival this summer! 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 and Filament Theatre. Silent film sound effects specialist Nick White will join in on Saturday, August 18th at 1pm & 8pm. 4041 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Noir City Film Festival - (Aug. 17th-23rd) 10th anniversary! Enjoy a variety of film noir classics. Co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation and sponsored by TCM's Noir Alley. Festival Passes $85 GA/$75 MBT Members. Single tickets $11 GA/$7 MBT Members. Double Feature tickets $15 GA/$12 MBT Members. Opening night tickets $12 GA/$9 MBT Members. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE VIRGIN SPRING - (Aug. 18th & 20th) (Ingmar Bergman, 1960). Max Von Sydow stars in this haunting tale of tragedy, revenge, and redemption. New digital restoration. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS - (Aug. 17th-23rd) Indonesian feminist western that follows a woman who is attacked and robbed of all her livestock. Armed with a machete, she goes on a harrowing journey of revenge. Facets Cinémath
èque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
Logan Theatre movies - Great selection this weekend: Three Identical Strangers, The Black KKKlansman, Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through Aug. 23rd) 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 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - Midnight madness with a shadowcast. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
16mm Films - (Aug. 22nd from 8pm-10pm) 16mm found films from the collection of Adam Paradis. Hosted by Comfort Film. 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
KRULL - (August 23rd & 25th) Screening at a theater near you with RiffTrax Live!
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - (Aug. 23rd & 24th at 11:30pm) Two FREE screenings! Presented by Cutwater Spirits. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60625.
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.
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.
Wheaton All-Night Flea Market - (August 18th from 3pm-3am) Shop to your spooky heart's delight until 3am! Meet CJ Ramone, Gianni Russo, John Borowski, and more. The Hardcore Hearse Club returns! Entry is only $7 and kids 12 and under get in free with adult guide. Free parking! DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.
Death Café - (Aug. 19th from 1pm-3pm) Speaker Alejandro Salinas discusses his research on therapies at end-of-life. Coffee, tea, and cake will be served while discussing death, the afterlife, and mortality. Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
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!
Gorassic Park Pop-Up Event - (Aug. 17th & 18th) Go Tavern and Liquors is celebrating 25 years of Jurassic Park this weekend with special themed drinks and more surprises. Open 8pm-2am. No cover. 21+. 3219 W. Armitage, 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.
Saints and Sinners Walking Tour - (through Sept. 28th) 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.
Wizard World Chicago - (Aug. 23rd-26th) Meet all kinds of celebrities, including Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Ernie Hudson, Michael Rooker, Charisma Carpenter, Rider Strong, Nichelle Nichols, and more! Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.
Super Monster Movie Fest Skyline Drive-In - (Aug. 24th-26th) Humanoids from the Deep, Jaws, Godzilla, Alligator, and much more! Shelbyville, Indiana.
BLOODLINES: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia - (Aug. 30th at 7pm) New documentary by Chicago director John Borowski! Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL.
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.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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