“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
Dusk-to-Dawn HorrorFest at Midway Drive-In - (Sept. 22nd) Flashback Weekend Horror Con presents a drive-in night of horror showing The Thing, The Blob, The Funhouse, and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. Horror vendors, vintage ads, “World of Death” episodes, and more. Adults $15; Children (aged 3-11) $5. Box Office opens at 5pm. Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, Sterling, IL.
70mm Film Festival - (Sept. 14th-27th) The 70mm Film Fest continues! THE DARK CRYSTAL, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, and more! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MANDY - (Sept. 14th-27th) Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) directs a phantasmagoric, gonzo piece of madness with Nic Cage going full Nic Cage on a quest for vengeance. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
Middle Coast Film Festival - (Sept. 21st-23rd) Independent features and shorts including Chicago filmmaker Dustin Puehler's IN A MOMENT. Please check site for schedule info! Afterparties on Friday & Saturday. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln.
Logan Theatre movies - This weekend: Apocalypse Now, The Predator, Fahrenheit 11/9, Operation Finale, and Crazy Rich Asians. 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
Drive-In: THE PREDATOR / THE NUN -(Sept. 21st-23rd at 8pm) Adults $10; Children (ages 5-11) $5; Kids under 5 get in free. Cascade Drive-In, 1100 E. North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185.
THE ATOMIC CAFE - (Sept. 21st, 23rd, 26th) New 4K DCP digital restoration. Darkly humorous documentary about nuclear warfare, government propaganda, and false news that was spread at the time. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
SCALPEL / SOCIETY - (Sept. 21st from 7pm-11pm) Double feature presented by Windy City Horrorama and sponsored by Wild Eye Releasing. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
LABYRINTH - (Sept. 23rd & 26th) Flashback Cinema sponsors the screening of this Henson classic in theaters two days only!
LIZZIE - (Sept. 21st-27th) Explores some of the myths around Lizzie Borden and the unsolved murders in 1892. Landmark Century Center Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
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.
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
FRANKENSTEIN - (Sept. 7th-Oct. 28th) Victoria endures a tragic death in her family and struggles to deal with the loss. She retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of meaning and brings a ghastly creation to life. World premiere production based on the story by Mary W. Shelley. Previews Sept. 7th-16th; Regular Run Sept. 20th-Oct. 28th. Box Office 773-761-4477. Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - (Sept. 6th-Oct. 28th) Inspired by the 1960 horror film! Single & group rates. Dining options. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook, IL.
SECOND SKIN - (Sept. 14th-Oct. 13th) Told in three interconnected monologues, this tale delves into how one dark mistake can affect future generations. World premiere from all-women-led design team. Presented by WildClaw Theatre at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
SPLATTER THEATER - (Sept. 15th-Oct. 27th) Saturdays at 10:30pm. It's back! Live performances parody Friday the 13th horror films. Watch common character stereotypes die in a variety of humorous ways. Sitting up front? Prepare for the blood splashes by wearing a poncho. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
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.
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.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago - (Sept. 21st-Nov. 3rd) Haunted house season is a go! Attraction themes: The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell. 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House - (Sept. 22nd-Nov. 3rd) This is a long haunt, roughly one hour to get through. 600 29th St., Zion, IL 60099.
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!
Gateways: Otherworld's Writers Prompt Series - (Sept. 25th at 7:30pm) Six writers take a sci-fi/fantasy-themed prompt and create a story to be read aloud by actors. 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
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 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.
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. Tickets to the MINI-MASSACRE now available, as the main room is SOLD OUT. 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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