This weekend begins the wonderful time when Krampus decides to haunt the town, the markets, and even the streets. Enjoy the scares at a few haunted houses this weekend (more next weekend!) and holiday craft markets. Anna and the Apocalypse finally screens in limited theaters, as well as good holiday classics like Gremlins. Meanwhile, The Woman in Black continues to bring extreme chills on the Chicago stage.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE - (Dec. 6th-12th) All in the name of fun, this new horror musical follows Anna and her friends as they fight and sing their way through the zombie apocalypse that has taken over their small town. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. (Also screens at Century 12 Evanston/CinéArts 6, and AMC River East 21.)
BURNING - (Nov. 30th-Dec. 13th) South Korean mystery drama starring Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) based on Haruki Murakami's short story “Barn Burning.” Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
GREMLINS - (Dec. 7th-10th) Joe Dante classic! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
BACK ROADS - (Dec. 7th-13th) Dark thriller/noir about a man living in the backwoods of Pennsylvania dealing with disturbing family matters. Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE - (Dec. 7th-13th) Provocative documentary about China's live-streaming culture that isn't as happy of a world as it appears. (May pair well with CAM on Netflix.) Facets Cinémathèque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL.
DETOUR - (Dec. 7th-13th) Cult film noir. New 4K restoration! Times vary. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
VISITATION / FOR THE LOVE OF A CHILD - (Dec. 9th at 3:30pm) Bloody Brit Productions presents a double feature plus 4 short films, a raffle, merchandise, charity drive to support the local pantry (winter clothing or canned goods/non-perishables), and more. ($5) Laugh Out Loud Theatre, 3851 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613.
Sinema Obscura Dinner Theatre - (Dec. 12th at 6:30pm) Dinner, drinks, live music, raffle, viewings of local films, and Mouthbreathers TV. Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, Chicago, IL 60660.
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
Krampus Creepy Curiosities & Oddities Market - (Dec. 8th & 9th) The Hardcore Hearse Club & Oddities Convention presents a market filled with oddities such as wet specimens, ouija fun, and creepy collectibles. Hours: Saturday 4pm-midnight; Sunday noon-6pm. All ages. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Krampus: A Haunted Christmas - (Dec. 7th & 8th) This interactive Christmas haunt takes the holiday into nightmare territory! Get yourself a picture with Krampus, too, for something festive to put up on the shelf. 13th Floor Chicago Haunted House, 1940 George St., Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Factory of Fear: Frightmare Before Christmas - (Dec. 7th & 8th) Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive $3 off. 5027 4th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265.
Handmade Market Chicago at The Empty Bottle - (Dec. 8th from noon-4pm) 30+ artists and vendors. Free. (21+ and parents with kids) The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, Chicago, IL 60622.
Holiday Craft Fair at The Annoyance - (Dec. 9th from 2pm-6:30pm) Shop handmade gifts by local crafters for jewelry, pottery, knits, and baked goods. Holiday cocktails and a Christmas pageant. Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
Bloody Reads: Classic Ghost Stories - (Dec. 12th at 9pm) Free ghostly book club event. BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Christkindlmarket - (through Dec. 24th) A wonderful, large collection of German and European merchandise offered by countless vendors. Grab some spiced wine, a stuffed pretzel, German food, seasoned nuts and candies, or find that unique gift for a special someone. Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL.
One of a Kind Holiday Show - (Dec. 6th-9th) 600+ artists! 18th annual holiday show offering handmade artwork. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 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.
CHRISTMAS HAUNTED HOUSES - Keep this list handy for all your holiday haunt plans this month.
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 January 25th, 2019.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - (Dec. 4th-16th) Comedy murder mystery described as being a marriage of sorts between Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL. (Ages 8+.)
THE WINTER WOLF - (Dec. 6th-Jan. 6th) A girl listens to her grandfather speak of the legend of the Winter Wolf. That night, it comes for her grandfather, but she manages to trap it. Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
WITCH - (through Dec. 16th) Inspired by The Witch of Edmonton by Rowley, Dekker, & Ford. Ages 14+ (violence and stage blood). Presented by Writers Theatre. The Gillain Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK - (Nov. 15th-Feb. 17th, 2019) The American premiere of the original London West End production (recreated with a Chicago-based cast) of an adaptation of Susan Hill's unsettling, timeless Gothic ghost story. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30pm; Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $49-$69. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.
YIPPEE KI-YAY MERRY CHRISTMAS: A Die Hard Christmas Musical - (Dec. 6th-Jan. 12th) Comedy with countless references from the film. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Rapture 2 - (Oct. 20th-Jan. 5th, 2019) Dark art exhibit. 17+. Aeon Gallery, 10331 Main St., Richmond, IL 60071.
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.
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