Rob Zombie To Scare Chicago

There will be no refuge for the faint of heart in the Windy City when Rob Zombie’s creeps into Chicago for a month of horrific fun.

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DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.

Bringing new meaning to the old saw about how there’s “no rest for the wicked,” Zombie’s Halloween treat moves eastward this year.  Along with playing Scottsdale, Ariz., for the first time, Great American Nightmare will reside at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Ill., Sept. 26-Nov. 1.

The chills and thrills begin with Rob Zombie performing in concert on opening night.

“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to two new cities this year,” Zombie said.  “My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”

Speaking of last year, Chicago’s Great American Nightmare will feature three attractions from its 2013 debut in Pomona, Calif.  Based on Zombie’s own horror flicks, fans can immerse themselves in sheer terror via “The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out,” “The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D” and “Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses.”

And be sure to take a stroll down “Bloody Boulevard,” featuring freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors.

“After the tremendous success last year we all felt we wanted to bring Great American Nightmare to as many people as possible,” producer Steve Kopelman said.  “Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo Center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades.  We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate Chicagoland Halloween event.”

Tickets go on sale July 30 at 10 a.m. CDT.  Take a deep breath and visit for more information.