If you’re looking to do something for Halloween, there are plenty of options in Chicago, including two museums that offer rather different experiences.
If you’re intrigued by horror and aren’t afraid to learn more about the gory details, chances are you’ll want to visit the Medieval Torture Museum, which opened last winter at 177 N. State St.
Most of the exhibits are extremely graphic, and everything is interactive, says museum director Paula Malone.
“So you can lift and drop the guillotine blade like the torturer, or you can go into the stock like the tortured person,” she said.
If you visit during Halloween weekend, you will see people waking up in witch costumes.
“They walk around the museum,” Malone said. “They don’t jump, it’s not a jump scare. Like the museum, it’s interactive but no jump scare.”
At the Museum of Illusions, which opened last November, there’s absolutely nothing spooky or haunted – just dozens of exhibits designed to tease your senses and trick your brain.
“Halloween and optical illusions go great together, so of course it’s our favorite holiday, and we pulled out all the stops for the decor,” said Stacy Stec, marketing manager at the Museum of Illusions Chicago, 25 E Washington St.
There are also plenty of mind-blowing illusions to experience, like a giant 3D painting that doesn’t look 3D until you see it up close.
“I’ve actually seen people run into this before because their eyes haven’t adapted yet,” Malone explained.
The Museum of Illusions is offering trick-or-treating for kids this weekend and an after-hours Halloween party for adults on Thursday.