On Saturday, October 26th, 2013 HauntedIllinois.com attended Elgin’s third annual
Nightmare on Chicago
Street. This street festival has been growing bigger and bigger, since it emerged onto the scene in 2011. Although official attendance figures weren’t available at the time this review was written, I would estimate that there were several thousand people packed into the long stretch of Chicago Street, between Douglas Avenue and Villa Court.
Since it all started, Nightmare on Chicago Street had always been a zombie-themed event. This year, the gathering was spilt into two uniquely themed areas, separated by the twisted wreckage of an automobile accident in the middle road.
On one side, there was a post-apocalyptic zombie theme. Several storefronts were boarded up and there were overturned cars and trash scattered all over the street. To add to the atmosphere, piles of tires, military vehicles, road barricades and caution tape lined the streets.
The other half of the event was decorated with a steampunk theme. For me personally, the steampunk area didn't seem to mesh that well with the original zombie theme, but it was interesting to see, nonetheless.
Nightmare on Chicago Street featured live bands, including Trash Martini
and V is for Villains. For additional entertainment, the
97NINE Cage Dancers
danced in cages, on either side of the stage.
Chicagoland’s favorite horror host Svengoolie
was on hand to sign autographs for his fans. When I got there, there was a long line down the block of people waiting to see him. Toward the end of the evening,
Svengoolie acted as emcee for the costume contest, announcing the best of the best costumes, in several categories.
We look forward to seeing what direction this event goes in the future. Will the gathering return back to its roots of a single zombie theme? Will there be a mix of steampunk and possibly other themes? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.