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Discover Chicago Through Film

Choose from virtual tours and a few in-person talks to learn about Chicago's 150-year movie history.

In-person tours resume spring 2022!

 

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  • Chicago, Christmas Movies, & Class Stereotypes
    Mon, Dec 06
    Brookfield Public Library
    Dec 06, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
    Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd, Brookfield, IL 60513, USA
    Three of the most beloved Christmas movies are set in Chicago. Let's consider what they have to say about social class.
  • Chicago and Cinema's First African American Kiss
    Sun, Dec 12
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Dec 12, 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Join our free virtual walking tour to the site of the Chicago studio that filmed the movies' first onscreen kiss by an African American couple.
  • Chicago's Yellow Brick Road and 'The Wizard of Oz'
    Mon, Dec 13
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Dec 13, 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Follow Chicago's yellow brick road to the spot where L. Frank Baum penned the children's book 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'
  • 'While You Were Sleeping' and Chicago
    Thu, Dec 16
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Dec 16, 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM CST
    Live: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter
    Stroll virtually along the streets of La Grange, IL, where the cast and crew filmed the 1995 romantic comedy 'While You Were Sleeping.'
  • Chicago, Christmas Movies, & Class Stereotypes
    Dec 20, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST
    Live on Zoom
    Three of the most beloved Christmas movies are set in Chicago. Let's consider what they have to say about social class.
  • Festivus 101
    Wed, Dec 22
    Live on Zoom
    Dec 22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Live on Zoom
    Become an expert on Festivus as we explore the holiday's origins and place in popular culture, Chicago's included.
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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!

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