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Black Movie History in Chicago: Cinematic Milestones and Sacred Grounds

Explore Black film history in Chicago through select movies and sites that connect them

About Virtual Tour




The first half of this virtual tour considers Something Good—Negro Kiss, a silent film that depicts, what is believed to be, the first onscreen kiss by an African American couple. The movie has deep roots in a nineteeth-century Chicago studio, the remnants of which you'll get to visit via HD video.

Chicago's cinematic legacy extends beyond the studio, of course. 

You'll also learn about Burr Oak Cemetery and its significance to Black history here in Chicago and beyond. And again, through HD video, you'll get to explore the cemetery's hallowed grounds, as you hear about the groundbreaking films Cooley High (1975) and Boyz n the Hood (1991).

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Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.


(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.


In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

How Do I Tip?

If you'd like to make a donation or tip, you may do so either 

Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.


Thank you! 💙

Virtual Tour FAQs

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary


Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.

What's Included

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