Elgin history managed to hide a covert battle with the undead for years from its citizens. Many years ago, under top secret clearance, the Zombie Defense Initiative was formed, and managed to operate undetected until eight years ago.
In 2011, a spike in the number of undead predicted to shamble into the city, led the Zombie Defense Initiative to ask for help from a small number of determined citizens. Every year since that time, thanks to the prediction of highly-trained experts in the field of the undead uprising, increasingly more citizens have banded together to save our city from the zombie menace.
Citizens find themselves banded together, behind biohazard tents, just past overturned cars, and beyond makeshift medical buildings, taking a stand there in a one-of-a-kind “Safe Zone”.
For the citizen who asks the question, “What is Nightmare on Chicago Street?” The answer is something that every citizen needs to experience for themselves. Every person who spends five hours inside the many blocks downtown, witnesses something different. Survivors eat, drink and dance while bands play at multiple stages, citizens with possible infection are treated at our fully-licensed medical facilities, where experimentation is highly probably. Some people have even managed to create art out of the madness, and display it alongside other merchants in our well-lit bazaar. Every year, there is a twisted offering from steampunk time travelers, to warped circus performers, to the end of the world battle dome. Among the chaos, the Best Horror Host ever, Svengoolie, has been on watch every year within the ZDI Recruiting office. There’s something (or someone) shocking around every corner of our historic downtown, and plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to escape into.
Our entrance gates have been redesigned this year, as well as a new ticketing agency. We are doing everything we can to make sure everyone can experience Nightmare on Chicago Street, the closest thing to a party at the end of the world.
For more information about Nightmare on Chicago Street 2019, including a schedule of performances and to get tickets visit nightmareonchicagostreet.com.