‘The Shining’ hits Chicago


Erin Dickson

The Rookery, a pop-up bar in Ukrainian Village, will be screening the Stanley Kubrick horror classic “The Shinning,” and holding Stephen King-based trivia until Feb. 11. 

By Alexy Erouart

Horror movie enthusiasts can check in to Room 237 and enter a pop-up bar straight out of their nightmares at The Rookery in Ukrainian Village every Saturday until Feb. 11.

Based on the Stanley Kubrick classic “The Shining,” The Rookery, 2109 W. Chicago Ave., will greet guests with actors playing characters Jack, Wendy and Lloyd the Bartender and clips of the film playing around the bar.

The pop-up bar will also host trivia based on Stephen King, the writer of the original novel, at the start of the evening The event is hosted by The Losers Club and sponsored by Consequence of Sound. Michael Roffman, president and editor-in-chief of Consequence of Sound, said he admired The Rookery’s dedication to the theme.

“[The Rookery] matched the aesthetic for the film in terms of the color scheme, [and] they got inventive with the drink menu,” Roffman said. “They had deep references. They had a drink called the Sidewinder. The BJ the Bear is hilarious because that’s a scene that lingers with everyone.” 

Joseph CR Vourteque of Calliope Presents said he hired the actors for the movie screenings, developed the Room 237 interior and sourced the costuming. He said making the costuming accurate to the film was an achievement that made him particularly proud.

Roffman noted that compared to other pop-up events, the Rookery’s seems more intimate.

“With [‘The Shining’ pop-up] the intimacy was going to be so key because the whole movie and book is about isolation. So, it’s kind of nice to feel like you’re away from everything,” Roffman said. 

Vourteque added that the timelessness of the movie has mobilized the demand for their event.

“Nostalgia plays a big part in a lot of what’s popular these days,” Vourteque said, “but at the same time, ‘The Shining’ pop-up goes a little beyond nostalgia simply because it is one of the greatest horror movies that has come out in the modern era.”

By calling to mind these iconic scenes from the movie, fans are instantly connected to the pop-up event and participate in the hype building, according to Vourteque.

Heaven Malone, a creative director, producer and showrunner who helped build the pop-up, said props from the room echo iconic items seen in the film, such as the paper that says “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy” typed from a typewriter. 

Due to publicity of the pop-up, The Rookery has seen a fair amount of attention on its own Room 237 and went viral after the first night being open, Malone said.

“We were getting press from Esquire, foreign press… people were coming hours before doors opened,” Malone said. “We actually had to turn people away that were standing in line at 10:30 p.m. because there was no way they were going to get inside.”