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Chicago, let loose on The First Purge, early and for free

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Is there anything more gauche than being late for the Purge? After all, we’ve all had that awkward experience of seeing someone wander into a legal crime party after all the good murders and tax evasions have been taken, and then having to just kind of uncomfortably mill about, occasionally pirating an episode of Westworld or ripping the tag off of a cushion. Even worse if it’s The First Purge, because now it’s not just bad manners: It’s precedent.

Luckily, our Chicago-based readers don’t have to worry about being late to the legal murder party, because we’re offering up some free passes to an advance screening of the upcoming franchise prequel The First Purge. The film doesn’t officially open until July 4—Happy Birthday, America!—but you can check it out on Monday, July 2, at 7 p.m., and all you have to do is head here and fill out some information to get your passes. The screening’s at the AMC River East, but don’t be late: Seating’s on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that’s the kind of iron-clad social contract that not even legally sanctioned crime sprees can save you from.

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