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Discover Chicago Through Film

Choose from in-person walking tours and virtual events to learn about Chicago's 150-year history with cinema.

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Chicago and Movies on the Midway

Join the only all-outdoor walking tour in Chicago that explores the Midway's century-long relationship to the movies!

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  • Chicago and Movies on the Midway | Walking Tour
    Sep 25, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
    Midway Studios, 6016 S Ingleside Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Join the only all-outdoor walking tour in Chicago that explores the Midway's century-long relationship to the movies!
  • Chicago and Movies in Prison | Walking Tour
    Sep 26, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Old Joliet Prison, 1125 Collins St, Joliet, IL 60432, USA
    Take a unique, mostly outdoor walking tour of a suburban Chicago prison used in movies and TV shows
  • Chicago's Union Station and the Movies
    Mon, Sep 27
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
    Sep 27, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
    Stroll virtually through Chicago's Union Station as you learn about its long-standing relationship with Hollywood and movie stars.
  • Film Noir in 15 Minutes
    Sun, Oct 03
    Facebook Live and YouTube Live
    Oct 03, 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
    Facebook Live and YouTube Live
    Commemorate the premiere of 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941) with a quick overview of film noir.
  • Movie Dogs and Chicago's Oldest Pet Cemetery
    Mon, Oct 04
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
    Oct 04, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
  • Chicago Movie Theaters and the 1918 Flu Pandemic
    Mon, Oct 11
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
    Oct 11, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Zoom via Chicagoland Libraries
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Walk with the Blues Brothers.

Climb the Untouchables' stairs.

Envision the first cinema.

Traverse Batman's tunnel.

 Blockbuster Reviews 

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"The tour of Zap Props was such a treat! It's a totally unique collection, and it was a blast having Kelli's expertise as she pointed out props featured in major films."

FAITH, Philadelphia

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"Fascinating look at a part of Chicago/Joliet history that I knew next to nothing about. I enjoyed learning about both the prison and film history."

ELIZABETH, Chicago

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We regularly offer virtual and in-person programs at libraries, colleges, and other educational venues like those above.

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Did you know Chicago has always played a role in movie history?

Our in-person tours and virtual events explore the city's early, classical, and modern film histories!