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Weekend Double Booked For The Undead

By Steven Pate in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 23, 2010 7:40PM

If you or someone close to you is undead, if you are a connoisseur of all things zombie, or if you just have been wondering what to do with all these extra brains that you can't possibly eat all by yourself, Saturday is potentially a very big day for you. That's when not one but TWO celebrations of all-things-zombie will be vying for your attention.

In this corner, Zombie Fest Chicago, where the undead hordes will be proceeding stiff-legged around the Hawthorne Race Track, starting at 2 p.m. Featuring live music, a "ghouls gone wild" best makeup contest, an appearance by Reaper Madness, and probably a lot of people saying "BRAAAAAAAAINS." A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project for injured service men and women.

In the other corner, we have the festivities of Zombie Day or Z-Day, a part of the Chicago Horror Festival, with a walk through Portage Park, makeup tips from the pros, a zombie dance-off, zombie pin-up compitition and plenty of zombie films at the Portage Theater.

Halloween may be five weeks away, but that's for amateurs anyway. Dig into that pile of your grandparents' moth-eaten clothes, get your braaains-face on, and be sure to send us some photos.

Photo by Eric Ingrum