Zombies Attack Downtown Chicago

By Zombie Hunter Sam

IMG_4021June is off to a hot start in Chicago. Approximately 500 zombies (there was no official count) found their way to Millenium Park, and proceeded to generally wreak havoc all over downtown Chicago and Grant Park. Stacked in the ranks of shambling horrors were doctors and nurses, goths, punks, skateboarders, demons and a few Millenium Park police. However, there’s no need to worry that the zombies will be attacking your town any time soon, this was the Chicago Zombie March 2008 by Zombie Army Productions.

The Zombie March was the largest in Chicago yet, surpassing the pub crawl back in April. Participants gathered on the lawn at Millenium Park about 2pm. After liberally applying fake blood and makeup, the zombies put on quite a show of groaning, screaming and generally confusing passersby. Security was quite accepting of the hordes, considering they had little or no advanced notice at all. Haunted house rules were in effect – you can’t touch any of the civilians and don’t harm or break anything. For such a large, unruly mob, it was quite well behaved, with zeds generally attacking and eating each other.

I, on the other hand, was not one of the infected. This was the perfect opportunity to do some research and assemble my proper defense gear and practice weapons. A little disturbing was the fact that of the hundreds of zombies, I only found half a dozen zombie hunters like myself. Many were lacking the proper gear. There were several things I found while participating in the walk.

  • People don’t really notice someone in SWAT gear carrying a ninja sword walking down the street – but kids did.
  • Bring a lot of water – I ran out towards the end.
  • Zombies attract a lot of attention, but leave many people confused. Civilians kept wondering what we were protesting and what this was for.
  • Even banging on the glass for twenty minutes, news of an undead outbreak got precious few seconds on the evening television newscast.

The mob slowly walked through the park towards Buckingham fountain, still attracting onlookers and getting several puzzled glances from people stuck in traffic (not the place to be in an outbreak). They continued through the plaza to the Grant Park baseball fields breaking into smaller groups and eventually dispersing. The remainder walked back to Millenium Park towards the bean, where about a hundred latecomers were aimlessly wandering. The crowd once again grew in size, and marched through the park, towards the TV studio on State street. There, the group of several hundred zombies pounded on the glass and groaned for about twenty minutes until finally the news realized this was no joke, and they got their attention.

I hope you survived… I threw myself into the blood and gore covered masses, but managed to emerge without a bite mark. The looks on the CTA return trip were quite amusing; those fools had no idea what was happening on the outside.

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  • 1 Dakota aea Jul 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    hey my name is dakota i live i nwest virginia and i have always liekd zombies(onthefact that i’m 13 lol ibuti ts a secret,a obsesoin i have a girlfriend ,friends and stuff but Zombies,Guns,Cool armor,The names Recon AND Aro i love all teh above dude its just awsome i have seen all the zombie movies so far exept th new Gorge a romeros Dairy of the dead.The point is i have always loved zombies and ineverthough anyone like them liek me you do lol its pretty cool i think lol. Umm wanna exchange iformatoin or something on zombies email me a aroFront@hotmail.com (I am talking about MSN hotmail ok) umm my yahoo email is blu.Recon or recon.blu @yahoo.com if they are wrong email me at stonedoptics@yahoo.com or Recon005@yahoo.com. And yes i do keep trck of them i have tons of friends and well gotta keep rack of stuff lol. So well read all this and later. oh yes by the way if a zombie outbreak did Accure/happen my weopons of choice if i could pick like in a game or something would be a tactical lightweight colt pistal with a laser sight. and a M16 span versoin with a 15+times zoom scope and a side mount flash light with a small pressure lasser point . lol and a SEXY LOOOKING Machete or rail sword of some sort.lol And if it did happen i would hope i was about 17 or somethign so i could do everything better and stuff lol. IT OULD BE AWSOME MAN. lolWhen.
    Heres a story about me. its a little weird. When i was about 8 yearsold i would have those little toygun pistals and i would play games with them like zombiegames i always did i never play solder or danmed cowbiys i play zombie lol i ddi this until i was about 10 years oldlol i am making a secret book right now i am writing it i havethe chapters made and stuff but i think the name is a realmystery i originally wanted to call it “Stamners Road” i mightk ep it that way but i could also call it “TheDeadsFinalAwakining” lol if it was stamners road it would stand for this “S”ome “T”imes “A”nswers “M”ight “N”ot “E”nsig “R”ecovered “S”ecrets
    “R”ewakeining “O”f “A”ll “D”ead or somting liek that lol i dont know i liek guns and zombies mostly lol i’m not a weird person its just zombies and guns and a booki am making are like hidden secrets and things i liek and am doing lol. and i love to explore lol ok i type to much later email me at aroFront@hotmail.com or Stonedoptics@yahoo.com to share and exchange info on stuff ok later ohh yehs nice website

  • 2 Dakota aea Jul 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    wtf lol ahahha nice i’m infected

  • 3 Dakota aea Jul 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    wait i will just kill the zombies ….*noise sounds*CHHHCHHCHHH chicchuhh!! *woot*

  • 4 will smith Jul 19, 2008 at 2:19 am


  • 5 Sam Jul 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Will: What’s FAKE? There are far too many superfluous FAKE posts on every website. Please contribute some discourse.

    Dakota: Well, you’re still very young, but I like your ideas. You won’t be wanting an M-16, unless you like a weapon that jams as soon as you get a grain of sand in it. A 15 power scope won’t be of much use either, considering that it would sight far beyond the accuracy range of that weapon. A cool looking bladed weapon won’t help much either, you’ll want something reliable and permanently sharp. Keep working on your story though, and make sure you spell check :)

  • 6 Dunno Aug 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    hahaha i love it.

  • 7 ryan Jun 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    this is the dumbest thing ever, lets all pretend we are zombies and walk around……wait until it really happens….bunch of tards playing dress up SWEET find a fuckin doll house

  • 8 logan Jun 13, 2009 at 1:09 am

    if you go to a zombie walk a thon horde thingy, are you allowed to take toy guns? may not be as cool as nerf guns, but it gives a bigger sense of reality.

  • 9 logan Jun 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

    sam, just looking at the picture with that guy in the SWAT vest and the guy with the Maverick. looks like the guy behind them is pissed off and dissing them. if i could see his hands, i bet he’d be gang signing or something.

  • 10 Sam Jun 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Anyone can take toy guns of course, but there’s always some outsider who freaks out — even if they’re painted totally yellow and orange. Chicago PD is also a little baton and trigger happy, so you certainly don’t want any confusion there. Keeping in the spirit of fun, it’s best to play lightly with the toys — one should act as if one is in a haunted house and not touch/bother any public or outsiders. It looks like the guy in the SWAT / anti-zombie gear takes himself a little too seriously!

  • 11 logan Jun 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    no, not too seroisly. it would be good protection for real zombies, but the exposed arms means a good chance of bites and infections, also the uncovered face means major exposure. but hey, its just for fun that time.

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