Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention

Flashback Weekend

Chicago Horror Con

July 31-August 2, 2020

Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago
Rosemont, IL

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con proudly presents the Horror Auto Museum, a collection of the iconic cinematic vehicles from legendary horror films.

The museum presents the premiere of the “The HALLOWEEN Wagon”; the 1978 Ford LTD station wagon featured in the classic “John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN” (1978). Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the iconic Station Wagon, and even sit INSIDE this piece of cinema history in the very seat in which Nick Castle (as Michael Myers) sat back in 1978! Also showcased will be the Christine Movie Car (John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE 1983), the Green Goblin Head from “Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE” (1986), and also making its convention premiere will be the 1971 PHANTASM II Hemi Cuda Tribute Car, a tribute to Don Cosceralli’s classic “PHANTASM II” 1988! The HSPPA will also be displaying a collection of legendary screen used props, including original SAW props and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s wardrobe from “BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY”!

Entry to the Horror Auto Museum will be included with a Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con admission. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Halloween Wagon

Christine Movie Car

Phantasm II Hemi Cuda

Green Goblin Head


It's 2020!

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con 
End of 2019 Blog and a 2020 preview

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago: There is no substitute.
2019 is the year we decided to give our Flashback Weekend Family the venue they deserve!
We had outgrown the old hotel years ago, and had been receiving feedback about it which we took to heart. Even our celebrities were suggesting we move. We decided to introduce a new concept to Horror Conventions – one of elegance and luxury.  Luckily, the magnificent venue we needed was just across the street and one block north from the old hotel.

Our new home, the iconic Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is one of the world’s largest convention hotels, and was selected as one of the “Great 200 Places in Illinois” by the American Institute of Architects.

Everything about the Hyatt is monumental. The Hyatt’s Grand Ballroom is the largest in Chicago’s suburbs, the mammoth grand foyer entrance to the ballroom is sun-lit and itself is the size of TWO ballrooms; no more narrow and dimly lit hallways for us!  These huge spaces will allow us to centrally locate the main attractions.  No more running from one end of the hotel to the other or up and down stairs for different events. 

The Hyatt also has several luxurious and enormous lobbies which will provide amazing areas for parties and cosplay!  An elegant revolving bar on the top floor with a breath-taking view will host Flashback Weekend receptions and events.  Other upgrades include futuristic glass elevators, an enclosed parking garage, twice the number of hotel rooms including rooms with a balcony for a great view and fun parties, and much more!

And the best part about the Hyatt is that no Horror Convention has EVER been held there before.  Innovation and originality are vital to us.  We will not follow in someone’s footsteps. With your help, we will create a whole new world at the Hyatt for our guests (that’s you!), vendors, and celebrities. To boldly go where no Horror Convention has gone before indeed!

In 2020, Flashback Weekend’s Midway Drive-In celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Drive-in theatres are one of the great American pastimes.  They were once the primary theatrical outlet for horror films and built the careers of legendary directors including George A. Romero, Wes Craven, and Tobe Hooper.  It is this horror film era that Flashback Weekend is dedicated to preserving.

Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative – our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In and 35mm film preservation. We believe that a horror convention should financially support an important cause.  

In 2006 we dedicated ourselves to preserving the American Drive-In theatre experience by saving a Drive-In!  With that as our mission, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the operation and restoration of the historic Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL. 

 In 2020, Flashback Weekend will present two Midway Drive-In HorrorFests to celebrate the Midway’s 70th anniversary!

  • In April 2020, a Drive-In Grindhouse Fest, paying tribute to classic Grindhouse Drive-In films
  • In September 2020 our annual Dusk to Dawn Drive-In HorrorFest. Dates TBA.
  • Flashback Weekend will present the first run engagement of “HALLOWEEN KILLS” at the Midway opening October 16, 2020, as well as other first run horror films. 

With your support, the Drive-In will never die!

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con July 31 – Aug. 2, 2020 – A Preview
Our 2020 line-up will include MAJOR celebrity guests including Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, Nick Castle, & many more!  We are planning TWO large cast reunions, many Flashback Team-Up reunions, and awesome stand-alone guests.  We will also celebrate anniversaries of films which we adore.  All of this in addition to exciting events, attractions, a not to be missed film premiere, and special evening and late night parties.  We are gearing up for the next wave of celebrity guest announcements to start in January.

In 2020 we will be making a major announcement that we are extremely excited about.  We can’t WAIT to make this announcement!

These upcoming announcements, along with the annual appearance by Svengoolie (Rich Koz), and the vital sponsorship of Chad Savage of Sinister Visions and John LaFlamboy and Zombie Army Productions, combined with the amazing setting of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago, will create a not-to-be-missed weekend!

Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con tickets will be on sale later in 2020.   We are continuing our
18-year tradition of not accepting anyone’s money before or during the Holiday Season.

Thank you for your support.  We wish everyone a wonderful New Year, and we can’t wait to see you the weekend of July 31 – Aug. 2, 2020!

Mia, Mike, Michelle, & Melanie
www.flashbackweekend.com
www.themidwaydrivein.net

 

DISCOUNT ROOM RESERVATIONS AT THE HYATT REGENCY O’HARE CHICAGO ARE NOW AVAILABLE! You may make your room reservations on-line at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIRO/G-FB20. You may also phone the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago to place your reservations at (800) 233-1234 and mention FLASHBACK WEEKEND for your discount room rate. We suggest booking the “Two rooms with balcony”.  These rooms are located in the main atrium and have a beautiful view of the atrium, in addition to having a balcony for great parties and with a view of surrounding Rosemont, the Chicago sky-line, and the O’Hare airport!


Flashback Weekend 2020

We’re movin’ on up!  Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con is moving to the iconic Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago, located just across the street (and one block north) from last year's venue. The beautiful Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is the largest convention hotel in Chicago’s suburbs. The Hyatt will provide Flashback Weekend the space to launch events and after parties we’ve been planning for years!

Our move to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is in keeping with our philosophy of innovation and originality.  The Hyatt itself will be a head-liner for Flashback Weekend - one that arouses the enthusiasm and excitement of our attendees with elegance and class.  Entering the awe-inspiring Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is like stepping into a utopian world.

Everything about Flashback Weekend conventions at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago will be an adventure!
The Hyatt’s elegant Grand Ballroom, the largest in Chicago’s Suburbs, will greatly increase our space for vendors and exhibits.  Our new special events theatre at the Hyatt will provide an enormous stage for Q&A’s, special events, and a HUGE screen for amazing film presentations. Ride in the futuristic glass elevators for an incredible view - soaring from floor to floor.  Enjoy the sunny atrium and explore the spacious lobbies with luxurious settings which will provide amazing areas for cosplay, meeting friends, networking, and parties!

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago is a huge upgrade for Flashback Weekend.  The quantity of hotel rooms has doubled with generous room discounts for Flashback Weekend attendees.  Plush Hyatt Grand beds, deluxe amenities, high-tech features, and big screen TV’s await you in the remodeled rooms.  Hotel rooms with balconies are available for amazing parties!  A modern and enclosed parking garage is attached to the Hyatt (no worries about the weather anymore) with plentiful discount parking for Flashback attendees.

The Hyatt also features the elegant Ventanas, a revolving restaurant located on the top floor of the Hyatt which will provide Flashback Weekend guests breathtaking panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and O’Hare Airport.  Ventanas will host Flashback Weekend receptions and parties during the weekend. Dining at the Hyatt includes the spacious and modern Red Bar & Lounge (perfect for meeting friends over cocktails!) and the O’H American Grill featuring their famous breakfast buffet and mouthwatering traditional American cuisine from around the country.

And the celebrity guests and events will be amazing! Many announcements coming soon.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the 19th annual Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con, July 31 – Aug. 2, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, IL. Discount Hotel rooms at the Hyatt will be available soon for booking.  Visit www.flashbackweekend.com for updates.

About Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con
Since 2002, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con is Chicago’s largest and longest running Horror Convention known for its major celebrity guests, innovative programming, lavish parties and receptions, and spectacular evening events including star-studded screenings and theatrical premieres.  Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative – our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In and 35mm film preservation.  All net proceeds from Flashback Weekend go to the operation of the historic Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, IL.  With your support, the Drive-In will never die!
Flashback Weekend is held annually at the iconic Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, IL, moments from O'Hare International Airport and just north of Chicago.  Visit www.flashbackweekend.com for updates.