Maybe it's Stephen King's fault. Or, more likely, John Wayne Gacy. But whatever the reason, there's a lot of people out there who are deathly afraid of clowns (it's called coulrophobia). And as so often happens with fear of a certain segment of the population, things have gotten ugly.
This Saturday's March Against Clowns invites all clown-haters to Bucktown/Wicker Park for a day of drinking and, presumably, reinforcing stereotypes about those with painted faces (we hear they force their children to sleep in tiny cages in preparation for that ludicrous car act). It's too late to sign up at this point, but if you want to make your feelings known on the subject, stop by Cans, Lemming's, Lottie's, Pint, Silver Cloud and/or Wicker Park Tavern from 1 p.m. on.
...Or, you could fight fire with fire and join next weekend's Clown for Chi-Town Pub Crawl. From 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, those dressed as clowns will be able to enjoy food and drink specials all over Wrigleyville (Goose Island, Red Ivy, Cubby Bear, Sluggers, John Barleycorn and Vines on Clark). Tickets are $15, and can be picked up at Goose Island between noon and 2 p.m. on the day of the event. The event benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository, so bring along a non-perishable food item when you register, or donate online.
And bring some floppy shoes you can run in -- there are a lot of haters out there.