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Fear City Helps Educate Loyola Academy Students About Haunted Houses

Fear City’s Chuck Grendys and Hades Haunted House’s Joe Jensen enjoyed spending time with Loyola Academy’s theatrical students and staff on Wednesday afternoon, October 10. As part of an organized school field trip, the young men and women along with their teachers got the opportunity to hear presentations, ask questions and take a backstage tour of Fear City Chicago and Hades Haunted House in Morton Grove, IL to learn about the inner workings of the show.

Chicago, IL, October 13, 2012 --( Joe Jensen opened the presentation sharing his personal and professional experience in the haunted house business along with his unique approach encompassing actors in providing a better haunt using a genuinely theatrical approach. Joe Jensen (who’s Hades Haunted House was named as one of the most influential haunts of all time by stated, “Our approach in creating a unique haunted experience relies on the creative input of actors.” Chuck Grendys, who also runs Big City Sets which creates set design for movies, television and commercials, went on to provide a thorough review of how a haunted house is put together and operated including how he and Emmy Award Winner Jim Lichon first met to create Fear City. “We were working together on a commercial shoot that and started talking about creating a haunted house. Not too long afterwards, we were building Fear City,” stated Chuck Grendys. Mr. Grendys went on to say how much he enjoyed sharing his experiences and a tour of Fear City and Hades haunted houses with the students and faculty from Loyola.

Loyola Academy is a private, co-educational college preparatory high school, located in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago with a strong interest in the performing arts. In wanting to reach out, both Mr. Grendys and Mr. Jenson felt that sharing their stories with these students would be both interesting and helpful to their continuing education in the theater. Notable Loyola alumni are actors Bill Murray (Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters) and Chris O’Donnell (Batman Forever and NCIS Los Angeles).

Fear City and Hades Haunted House are doing something beyond scaring people this Halloween season by helping the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter fundraise for a world free of MS. During the running of the Chicago Marathon 2012 which the Society also titled “Race to Stop MS 2012” actors and backstage staff from both haunts were along the course to help increase the visibility and share the message about the efforts of MS Greater Illinois that day.

Attending the race this year was the crew from Fear City and Hades who also wanted to highlight a special night coming up on Thursday, October 11, 2012 called “10-11-12” which is a special performance night open to the public where proceeds will go to help MS. For more information on attending “10-11-12” visit or

Tickets to Fear City and Hades Haunted House are on sale now and can be purchased online by visiting Prices are $25 per haunted attraction or $35 for a ticket to both haunts on the same visit. There is a $10 VIP Fast Pass option, which allows rush entry and is free to those showing a valid US Military ID. Fear City is ADA accessible, 100 percent indoors (including the waiting area) and parking is free. Hours of operation are 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. A portion of all ticket sales from both Fear City and Hades will benefit the National MS Society of Greater Illinois.

For find more information regarding Fear City and Hades Haunted House or to purchase tickets online, visit Media seeking information or interviews should contact Julia Shell at or 312. 203.3130.

The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. We envision a world free of MS and move toward that end by driving change through advocacy, facilitating education, collaborating with others and by providing helpful programs and services. For more information, visit
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Fear City Chicago
Mark Matz
Julia Shell
Julia Shell Public Relations
(312) 203-3130

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