CHICAGO — Halloween might be headed to Chicago a bit early this year.
The Oddities & Curiosities Expo is planned for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at McCormick Place. More than 150 local and national vendors will fill the exhibition hall.
The expo showcases preserved animals, handcrafted novelties, antiques, medical devices, funeral collectibles, odd jewelry, creepy clothing, skulls and bones and horror-themed art.
“The Oddities and Curiosities Expo was created purely out of the excitement of bringing communities we care about together through events,” expo owner Michelle Cozzaglio said in a news release. “Our goal has always been to uplift those around us while giving everyone, including ourselves, the opportunity to truly do what they love.”
Expo attendees also can buy tickets for a taxidermy class that will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Heather Clark, of Sleeping Sirens Art and Oddities, will teach people how to create a jackalope, a fictional creature that resembles a rabbit with antlers. Participants will work with frozen rabbits to learn the basics of taxidermy. All materials and tools will be provided.
Expo organizers said all animals in the taxidermy class and other parts of the show — such as preserved animal specimens — are sourced ethically and died of natural causes.
Tickets for the jackalope taxidermy class are $210 for people 16 and up. Kids can participate with parental approval.
Event organizers said the event is for people of all ages, but parents are encouraged to decide whether it is appropriate for their children.
Tickets for the expo are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be bought on the Oddities & Curiosities website.
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