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Countdown to Chicago Frights!

  • Posted : July 12th, 2016
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Only 2 weeks to Chicago’s own Halloween Expo! Dealer Room selling props, makeup and costumes to take your October to the next level. Prop building workshops, actor training classes, product demonstrations, haunted garage sale, hearse rally, zombie walk and the infamous Chicago Frights Costume Party!

Join in the frightfully fun weekend and get a head start on your Halloween preparations at Chicago Frights! July 29-31, Georgios Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center, Orland Park.

Visit for details or reserve a booth in the dealer room.

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SLASHER FEST at the 13th Floor on Friday the 13th (and Saturday the 14th)

  • Posted : May 4th, 2016
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Slasher Fest is a special Friday The 13th-themed horror event that takes place at several haunted houses around the country, including Chicago’s 13th Floor Haunted House. The event includes horrifying Friday The 13th-related characters and sets. Come be a part of something different this Friday The 13th Weekend; get your date or friends and get scared at this night of horror! Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th.



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The Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl Returns to Andersonville on May 14th!

  • Posted : April 9th, 2016
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The 9th Annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl invades Andersonville on Saturday, May 14, 2016! For the cost of registration, zombies will receive access to the Crawl, a Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl commemorative T-shirt, a souvenir Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl cup (which also gets you drink special access). Zombie hordes will begin the Crawl at The pH Comedy Theater starting at 2:00pm. Be sure to enter your email address for updates from now until the day of the zombie outbreak! For more information, visit www.chicagozombiepubcrawl.comChicago Zombie Pub Crawl 2016

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Chicago’s Room Escape Conference, August 12-14, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

  • Posted : April 5th, 2016
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This summer, TransWorld is unveiling the nation’s largest, concentrated escape room conference and trade show, smack dab in the heart of the USA, just north of Chicago.

The 3 day conference will feature an amazing interactive trade show floor, brilliant puzzle makers, experimental game writers, visionary businesspeople and top-of-the-line set designers, all gathering to compare notes and learn about one of the entertainment industry’s newest and fastest growing Industries …ESCAPE ROOMS! The trade show floor will feature NEW and innovative products you will not see anywhere else. This is a must attend event!

“Escape games, and their owners, are totally fascinating,” says Jen Braverman, President of TransWorld Trade Shows. “We’re working directly with the escape room industry to build a conference that will give you ideas on what to incorporate into your escape games. This conference will give attraction owners, prospective owners, vendors and enthusiasts various opportunities, events and even places on the trade show floor to hangout, mix, mingle and network with peers.”

CREC will also offer a series of over 40 subject-targeted seminars covering a broad range of topics in the escape room industry, from advertising and tech props to introductory courses to advanced workshops.

Besides the networking opportunities and education track, attendees will also get to see interactive product demonstrations, attend panel discussions featuring experts in the topics under discussion and enjoy after-hours parties.

Chicago’s Room Escape Conference will take place on a 60,000 square foot trade show floor at Chicago’s Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Advance show admission is $25 ($30 on site) and tickets are available NOW at Seminar registration will be added to the site soon, as well as a VIP all-inclusive pass (including admission to all seminars and mixers).Chicago's Room Escape Conference

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Chicago Frights Halloween Expo Returns July 28-30, 2016

  • Posted : March 25th, 2016
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Chicago Frights 2016

The sun is shining, steaks are on the grill, families are cooling off at the beaches, and this Halloween is coming to Chicago. More accurately, the Chicago Frights Halloween Expo is making its debut at the Georgios Conference Center in Orland Park, IL July 28-30, 2016. Chicago Frights is Hobbyists, yard haunters, costume makers, makeup artists and anyone else who simply digs scaring people. Open to the general public and everyone who loves Halloween is invited to attend!

“Chicago Frights Halloween Expo is chocked full of spooky networking , sharing scary ideas, learning new techniques, buying special effects and frightfully good times.” says Leonard Pickel, Show Coordinator and 35 year veteran of the fright attraction industry. “Haunting has come a long way since I started, and even in this slow economy Halloween events are making good money!”  Pickel chose Chicago for this convention because according to web portal, there are over 60 haunted and Halloween events within a 75 mile radius of O’Hare airport, making Chicagoland one of the largest haunt markets in the country.

No matter what your level of expertise, Chicago Frights Halloween Expo has learning opportunities to fit:  Hands-on workshops covering makeup, prop building and special effects, classes covering business plans, and actor employee handbooks, and actor training and character development classes.  Chicago Frights Halloween Expo provides attendees access to learn from the best and brightest the industry has to offer.

The Chicago Frights Halloween Expo dealer room is filled with prop and makeup providers, many selling products at wholesale pricing. Off season tours of local haunted houses are offered for those who can’t wait until October. Social events like the Hearse car show, zombie walk, haunted garage sale and monster costume party provide great networking opportunities, and a last chance to have some fun before the Halloween season starts up.

Last October, Americans spent over 7.4 billion dollars on Halloween, now the fastest growing holiday, second only to Christmas. Chicago Frights Halloween Expo is an awesome opportunity for fright enthusiasts to get a jump on the holiday. Learn more at

Jeanne Escher

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