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2011 - 13 Terrors Haunted House Review

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13 Terrors
Theatre on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Visited: 10/22/11 

Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: 13 Terrors Haunted House is located at Theatre on the Lake, right off of Lake Shore Drive, so if you are from the area, it would probably be easy to find.  Getting to the parking lot was another story.  My GPS took me to the haunted house, but once I got there I saw a sign saying that parking was available at the Diversey Harbor Lot.  To get there, I had to go North on Lake Shore Drive for a couple of miles, exit, get on Lake Shore Drive South to circle back, then finally exit at Fullerton and drive around to find the Diversey Harbor Lot.  It would be a bit confusing, to say the least, if you're an out-of-towner. 
Wait Entertainment: There really wasn't a lot of wait entertainment outside before you get your tickets, with the exception of a large animatronic skeleton that activated every few minutes.  Once inside, the waiting room was themed with shaking chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and horror movie character posters hung on the walls.  There was also a large projection on one of the far walls that said "iMovie" for the entire time I was standing in line.  Perhaps someone forgot to start the movie?  There were also a couple of actors interacting with the people in line.  
Admission Price: $10 
Parking: FREE

12 Minutes *   
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.  

LPR: 3.000
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Scare Factor: Medium
Crowd Control: They did a great job spacing out the customers.  I never ran into any other groups.       


13 Terrors is a collection of scenes of varying themes.  The tour started at the "Bates Motel", which had a detailed porch facade, with the appearance of weathered wood.  Continuing on, I was surprised by an actor at the reception desk.  The area was dark, which helped with that initial scare, but unfortunately it was so dark, I couldn't see the rest of the scene that was set up, off to the right.  Walking into the bathroom, patrons had to push aside a shower curtain to continue.  Just about the time we exited the scene, there was another scare from an actor with a great hiding place. 

Another one of themed areas was the "Municipal Sanitarium", which was a collection of rooms with blood-smeared white walls, hospital gurneys and mental patients.  Some of the actors were a bit more aggressive, while others were not.  The Egyptian scene had a nice amount of detail.  Toe-pincher coffin lids were affixed to the walls, which were covered with pharaoh artwork and hieroglyphics.  A few actors were wrapped in white cloth strips to look like mummies and they used a hidden exit to regulate the flow of groups from one room to another.  Also, there was a nice surprise scare at the end of the scene.  In the haunted house there was also a rocking room that swayed from side-to-side.  Illuminated by green floodlights, this room also had a couple of clown characters to keep you entertained.  There was also a dark area with trees, draped with camo-netting, that resembled a swamp.  Weaving my way through this section, I was attacked by a swamp monster of some sort.  I also liked the cave with textured "rock" walls and burlap strips that hung down.  Other notable areas included the flashing cockroach hallway, glowing dot room where the dots come alive and the strobe light mirror maze. 

Throughout the haunted house, the actors stayed in character and were eager to scare.  There were a couple of scares that were poorly timed; however, the actors all did a great job, for the most part. On the night of my visit, they had a good number of actors throughout the attraction, so there were very few dead areas (no pun intended).    

I had a really good time at 13 Terrors Haunted House.  It was an entertaining show.  They had a lot of diverse themes and some clever scares.  Also, this event was quite a value, compared to some other local attractions I have been to this October.  Be sure to check this one out, if you get the chance. 


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