Film events: Chicago's best movies and fests

Check out the best movie screenings, fests, Q&As and other film events happening in Chicago

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Chicago's film offerings are as diverse as the medium itself: omniverous cinemas like the Gene Siskel Film Center and Music Box, offerings in the academic settings of Northwestern's Block Cinema and U. of C.'s Doc Films, large-market indie and foreign films at Landmark Century Centre, and, of course, the megaplexes like AMC River East 21. Whatever you prefer, we've got you covered with our weekly recommendations for movie events happening around the city.

Chicago International Film Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates its 50th year showcasing features and shorts from around the world. The festival opens on October 9.

  1. AMC River East 21 322 E Illinois St, at Fairbanks Ct
  2. Thu Oct 23
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • Critics choice

The alpha and omega of cult midnight movies gets four late October screenings just in time for Halloween. Do the time warp, and, if this is your first time, be sure to pick up a special $3 Midnight Madness Virgin Kit with a whole host of props and goodies.

  1. Music Box 3733 N Southport Ave, between Grace St and Waveland Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 1
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Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2014

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Some of the highlights from the more than 270 films included in the 31st iteration of this fest are a stopmotion magic workshop with LAIKA Studios, whose new film The Boxtrolls will also be screened; the return of "Flick or Treat," the festival's Halloween-themed programming; and special screenings of Oscar-nominated children's animation. With seminars and dialogues also included, children will be able to become budding cinephiles while taking in films at Music Box Theatre and Facets Cinematheque.

  1. Facets Cinematheque 1517 W Fullerton Ave, between Greenview and Bosworth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Tue Oct 28
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The Logan Theatre's Movie Trivia Night

  • Free

Test your cinematic IQ with up to four of your friends at this movie trivia night. New categories and questions come up every week, so you'll be on your toes. Winners take home a gift card to the Logan Theatre.

  1. Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, at Kedzie Ave
  2. Tue Oct 28 - Tue Apr 19
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“Horror Movie Posters”

  • Free

At the latest I Am Logan Square exhibition, the organization displays a collection of horror movie posters that were discovered during the Logan Theatre's recent renovation. Included in the cache of movie memorabilia are posters for B-movies like Tentacles (1977) and Golden Needles (1974). Bask in the unintentional humor of these musty cinematic artifacts.

  1. I AM Logan Square Gallery 2644 N Milwaukee Ave, between Sawyer and Kedzie Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Fri Nov 14
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Chicago Humanities Festival: Roger Ebert Life Itself

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Chicago Humanities Festival hosts a panel discussion with Chaz Ebert and filmmaker Steve James, who will share stories about the life of legendary film critic Roger Ebert and discuss the recently documentary Life Itself.

Chicago Food Film Fest

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Have you ever sat down to watch a movie on an empty stomach and found yourself wishing you could get your hands on the grub being served onscreen? For hungry cinephiles, along comes this three-day event that aims to get your taste buds in on the movie-theater experience. Why should eyes and ears have all the fun? Visit thefoodfilmfestival.com for the complete lineup.

  1. Kendall College 900 N Branch St
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sat Nov 22
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Chicago: A Movie Sing-A-Long & Costume Party

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dust off that old flapper costume and put it to use this Halloween with a screening of Chicago, complete with a costume contest and speakeasy cocktails starting at 6pm.

  1. Auditorium Theatre 50 E Congress Pkwy, between Michigan and Wabash Aves
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Second Saturday Silent Cinema

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Music Box's house organist Dennis Scott accompanies classic silent films in this monthly screening series.

  1. Music Box 3733 N Southport Ave, between Grace St and Waveland Ave
  2. Sat Nov 8
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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

  • Free

Head on over to the library for this documentary screening. Co-directed by Ice-T, the film features interviews Eminem, Kanye West and more.

  1. Chicago Public Library, Bezazian Branch 1226 W Ainslie St, at Broadway
  2. Wed Nov 12
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