The Chicago Tool Library, Chicago’s free tool rental service, is opening a new location, and they need our help! From 11 AM-3 PM, they’re looking for assistance preparing their new space in Garfield Park at 4015 W. Carroll. Most of this will involve cleaning in anticipation of painting. Can’t make it today but still eager […]
Winter clothing drive, Public Media Institute Halloween party, and more
Do you have spare coats, boots, gloves, hats, or socks? The Rogers Park People’s Survival Program, which is connected to the Chicago-wide collective For the People is leading a winter clothing drive, and searching for these priority items to be redistributed locally. They are also looking for underwear (never worn!), blankets, and basic hygiene products. […]
After 42 years, Halloween finally ends
Halloween Ends is notable mainly for its cockamamie plot and its reverence for the original.
A love letter to ‘snakies’
Why did it have to be snakes? I don’t have especially strong feelings about them, and yet in the last few years I’ve accidentally become an expert on the deranged world of snakesploitation horror cinema.
Hocus Pocus 2
As soon as the trio turn up, Hocus Pocus 2 immediately becomes compelling and enjoyable.
Run away from Flee the Light
Exorcisms, demons, girls wildly dancing in their nighties under a full moon, zombification, reincarnation, witches, ghosts, and possession all come into play as the plot lurches along.
It’s the ghost wonderful time of the year
Here’s a (spooky) sampling of some Halloween and other (horrific) seasonal events and activities coming up (from the shadows of the night) in Chicago and beyond (the living dead). Bwahahahahahaha! 👻 Theater, magic, a haunted trail, and arcades The Jigsaw Bride Through 11/14: Wed 8 PM, Thu 3 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun […]
Halloween Kills fails to resurrect the franchise. But that was as predictable as the fact that Michael Myers is indestructible, no?
Saint Louis postpunks Trauma Harness invite you to their “Bat Barn”
Every October I go hunting for music that captures the Halloween spirit. Chicago has no shortage of options, but today I’m sharing a find from Saint Louis. Postpunk trio Trauma Harness summon the creeping dread and giddy fun of horror stories with cavernous bass lines, foreboding laughter, and sheaths of echoing guitar effects. The playfully […]
Halloween events, loud music, and mascot run-ins
Upcoming events and recommendations from our listings coordinator
What we՚re watching and thinking about heading into Halloween and the election
Riot Fest throws two drive-in Halloween parties on the gig poster of the week
This week’s featured gig poster was created for Riot Fest by graphic designer Monique Doron and art director Dan Wade.
Beloved DIY space Situations signs off with a Halloween livestream
Beloved DIY space Situations signs off with a Halloween livestream, and Angel Marcloid drops an album of fizzy jazz fusion as Nonlocal Forecast.
Double, double toil and trouble
Cursed by COVID this Halloween season? The Malliway Brothers conjure up alternatives to get you in the spirit.
Trying out a new bat signal on the gig poster of the week
This week’s featured gig poster was created by local artist Chris Day.