Now that the inevitable post-Halloween blues have passed, it's time to look into what horror events might be fun for fighting off stress during Thanksgiving season. This list covers a selection of screenings, events, holiday markets, horror plays, and more happening over the next two weeks!
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
SANTA SANGRE - (Nov. 22nd & 23rd) New 4K restoration! Watching a Jodorowsky film at midnight in a large, beautiful venue is the unforgettable, bizarre cinematic experience you need. It's best not to say more than it being a tale of eccentricity and madness that is a sight to behold. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
PARASITE - (through Nov. 28th) Director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer) is a master at his craft and it's worth seeking out his entire body of work. The moods, tension, and horror within his films work exquisitely together. Times vary. Landmark Century Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60657.
BLADE RUNNER (Final Cut) - (Nov. 22nd-25th at 11pm) Long live the replicants! Well, at least they're fun to watch! 117-minute version. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE LIGHTHOUSE - (through Nov. 28th) Director Robert Eggers (The Witch) returns with another period piece; a tense black and white film about two lighthouse keepers fighting for their sanity in the 1890s. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
TROMA Double Feature: THE TOXIC AVENGER / CITIZEN TOXIE - (Nov. 24th) From 6pm-10:30pm, enjoy two classic Troma flicks! Also on Dec. 29th, Class of Nuke 'Em High 1 & 2. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - (Late Saturdays at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
B-Movie Bingo: THE THING / SOCIETY - (Nov. 24th from 6pm-10pm) Drink specials, drinking games, prizes, free films. Event every 2nd and 4th Sunday. The Native, 2417 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
ALIEN [35mm] - (Nov. 25th at 9:30pm) Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's epic film. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS [35mm] Drink-a-Long - (Nov. 27th at 7pm) As there will be alcohol and games involved, this will be a loud viewing. This macabre, hilarious film is the choice for their monthly drink-a-long event. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
ROBOCOP (1987) - (Nov. 29th-Dec. 2nd at 11pm) Why not spend a holiday weekend watching cyborgs and a possible robot apocalypse? Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
THE MATRIX [35mm] - (Nov. 29th & 30th at 11:30pm) Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this fantastic sci-fi classic from the Wachowskis. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MONOS - (Nov. 29th-Dec. 5th) A group of rogue, heavily-armed teens living in a jungle proceed by their own rules, games, and social order (which flips into chaos when their hostage tries to escape). Critics have compared this to a cross between Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now. Times vary. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago.
SANTO vs. THE EVIL BRAIN / SANTO AGAINST THE HELLISH MEN - (Dec. 3rd at 7pm) New 4K restoration. El Santo double feature! Sponsored by the Mexican Museum of Art. Ticket allows entry into both screenings. Co-presented by Chicago filmmaker Raul Benitez (Comfort Film) and Viviana Garcia Besne of the Permanencia Voluntaria Archivo Cinematografico Mexico. Facebook Event Page. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Boscombe Valley Mystery - (Dec. 1st at 7:30pm) Idle Muse Theatre Company presents a live radio performance of this murder mystery at Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL.
THE WHITE PLAGUE - (Dec. 5th-Jan. 11th) A mysterious plague begins killing everyone over the age of 45 during a time when a war is looming. A young doctor figures out a cure, but must weigh the ethics of whether the cost is worth it, as the affected may not agree to what they must do. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, Chicago, IL 60622.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE - (Dec. 6th-15th) Holiday mystery suitable for families of all ages. James Downing Theatre, 6740 N. Oliphant, Chicago, IL 60631.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
Days of the Dead Chicago Horror Con - (Nov. 22nd-24th) Meet horror celebrities for autographs and photos, see live bands, parties, a monster ball, and more. Free for military and kids aged 10 and under. Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.
YOU WILL DIE Opening Art Reception - (Nov. 22nd - runs until 10:30pm) This exhibit explores art and design through extreme metal music by various artists! Paintings, illustrations, mixed media. Grant McKee of Bucket O' Blood Books & Records will be spinning tunes and have death metal selections on vinyl for sale. Presented by Public Works, 1539 N. Damen, Chicago, IL. Next up: YOU WILL DIE artist signing with Justin Bartlett and pop-up shop (noon-9pm) on Dec. 4th at Bucket O'Blood!
Autumn Festival: an Arts & Crafts Affair - (Nov. 21st-24th) Free parking. Kids under 10 get in free. The Odeum, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL.
Christkindlmarket - (Nov. 22nd-Dec. 31st) This annual European holiday market offers a plethora of unique handmade goods, foods, stuffed German pretzels, spiced wine, beer, candied & spiced nuts, meat, toys, ornaments, blown glass, and more. Located Daley Plaza through Dec. 24th. Also in Wrigleyville through Dec. 31st.
Fiesta De La Luna III - (Nov. 23rd & 24th) Open 4pm-8pm. Holiday bruja market showcasing witch vendors, readers, healers, and practitioners. Ojo de Fortuna, 2024 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608.
Dark Art and Oddities Con - (Nov. 23rd & 24th) Vendor room open 11am-7pm both days. Red Roof Inn, 1212 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Record Store Day Black Friday - (Nov. 29th) Open 10am-9pm. Shop new & used records, exclusive vinyl, complimentary drinks for 21+ guests. Bring leftovers and sample others! Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Chicago Pop Culture Con - (Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st) Zurko Productions presents this convention celebrating all things pop culture, various genres, artists, comics, and more. Pheasant Run Resort - Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.
Krampus Mart - (Dec. 1st from 4pm-8pm) Alternative holiday market of local handmade goods. GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
Bloody Reads #47 THE BAD SEED - (Dec. 4th from 9pm-11pm) They'll be discussing the famous novel by William March. BYOB. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Metal Bingo - (Mondays through Dec. 30th) Play metal bingo at Brauer House! FREE event. All metal DJ. Bingo prizes, appetizers half-off, $6 Long Islands/Zombies, $2 PBR pints, $3.00 call shots. Roll call begins at 8pm; games start at 9pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Troll Hunt! - (through June 2020) 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!
Space Golf - (Daily) Alien-themed outer space fun with blacklight mini golf, 3D golfing, holograms, a Sci-Fi Cafe, and more. 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) Group rates apply or do a walk-in for $20 for one hour. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
Fox in a Box Escape Room - Visit their newest room, Zodiac, which is themed on the successor to the Zodiac Killer. The room was scenically designed by a designer from the Field Museum. 47 W. Polk, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605. (Recently ranked #1 escape room in the USA and #2 in the world for the month of March 2019.)
Chicago Rage Room - Got rage? Get rid of it pronto with the sweetest release (without hurting anyone!). Pay for items to break or bring your own! Room prices begin at $15. (Reservations required.) 153 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654.
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.
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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