An abundance of horror-themed plays are rushing to the Chicago stage very soon. This weekend begins performances of Frankenstein and Little Shop of Horrors, among other ongoing productions. This fall season, quite a few companies will be presenting their own versions of Frankenstein! A separate post on the upcoming horror plays this year will be coming soon. Until then, enjoy the horror currently on the stage and screen!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
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.
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.
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET - (Sept. 7th at 11:30pm; Sept. 8th-13th times vary) Horror anthology television series. World Premiere with cast and crew Q&A. Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL. (9pm screening SOLD OUT.) For more info, see the Facebook Page.
HEREDITARY - (Aug. 31st-Sept. 12th) Ari Aster's brilliantly disturbing film screens daily at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
THE 'BURBS [35mm] - (Sept. 8th & 9th at 11:30am) Matinee mystery hilarity! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE - (Sept. 7th & 8th) A married female couple intend on celebrating their anniversary at a remote cabin, which goes off the rails in all sorts of ways. Themes of trust, betrayal, and revenge. Previously screened at Cinepocalypse Film Festival this summer. Midnight. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
YOJIMBO [35mm] - (Sept. 7th & 11th at 6pm) Akira Kurosawa's highly influential classic. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
Logan Theatre movies - This weekend: The Nun, The Black KKKlansman, Searching, Road House, You, and Crazy Rich Asians. 2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through Sept. 12th) 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.
THE LODGER - (Sept. 12th at 1pm & 7pm) FREE screening of a Hitchcock classic with live piano accompaniment by David Drazin! Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062.
DER VERLORENE (THE LOST ONE) - (Sept. 12th at 7:30pm) German crime thriller starring Peter Lorre. Presented by the Chicago Film Society. $7 Gen. Adm./$3 Students. Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr, Building E, Chicago, IL.
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) 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
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.
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, The Blob, and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. Midway Drive-In, 91 Palmyra Road, Sterling, 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.
GOOD MANNERS - (Sept. 14th-20th) Horror musical fantasy. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
70mm Film Festival - (Sept. 14th-27th) THE THING, THE DARK CRYSTAL, and more! 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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