The Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 in honor of the renowned Chicago movie critic, has been a haven for film lovers for more than 30 years. With its sophisticated new facilities at 164 North State Street, the center serves more than 65,000 film fans a year with approximately 1,500 screenings in a comfortable intimate setting. First runs of new foreign and indie pictures are shown here and the programming includes screenings of movies by Chicago directors and regular appearances by guest artists.
The Gene Siskel Film Center is also a first-rate revival house, hosting major retrospectives and screening classics and long out-of-print films by major international directors. Even the concessions surpass the usual junk-food fare, offering coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, and beer.
- Public Transportation: Very good (accessible from all CTA L lines)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Independent, international and classic cinema
- Ticket Prices: General admission is $9; students $7; students, faculty, and staff of the School of the Art Institute $4. All screenings are $5 for Film Center members.