2015 CIFF Venues

This year the festival will once again screen in two locations and we are delighted to be working with our friends at the Music Box Theater and the Gallery Theater : Society for Arts both of which offer unique cinema experiences.

Music_box_outsideThe Music Box Theatre is a Chicago landmark located 3733 N. Southport Avenue and for the last two decades has been a premiere venue for independent and foreign films, audience sing-a-longs, holiday shows and a silent cinema program with live organ accompaniment. More recently the Music Box has taken the lead in partnering with various film festivals including the Chicago French Film Festival and the Chicago Film Critics Film Festival.  Built in 1929 the Music Box Theatre has retained its original architecture and design including the dark blue ceiling with the twinkling stars and rolling clouds in its 700+ seat theater.  2015 will see the completion of the theatre’s new concession and private event space which are sure to be in high demand during festivals and  special screenings.

There are many dining options near the theater including Cullen’s Bar and Grill, Deleece, and Tango Sur Southport has metered parking that ends at 9PM and there is free parking on Ashland Avenue (two blocks west of the theater) and there is also valet parking at the Mercury Theater and Deleece Restaurant .

society_for_the_artsThe Gallery Theatre, located at 1112 N. Milwaukee Avenue just south of Division, is a beautiful and intimate space to watch films. Originally built as a bank in 1920, the theater is now home to the Polish Film Festival in America, the International Documentary Film Festival and the Society for Arts. Throughout the year the Society presents an eclectic array of foreign films by promising new filmmakers and art exhibits that range from painting and sculpture to three dimensional. Many of the film screenings and art exhibits are  accompanied by gallery talks, lectures and workshops.  With stadium seating for 70 and a lovely reception area the Gallery Theater provides the perfect space for experiencing film with after screening Q & A’s, music and gatherings .

Milwaukee Avenue has metered parking until 10PM on the west side with free parking on the east side.  The Milwaukee CTA Bus # 56 stops at Milwaukee & Thomas Street (on request) and the subway’s Blue Line stops at Milwaukee and Division. There are a number of restaurants  just steps away from the theater including the Lovely: A Bake Shop  for coffee and pastries and Frontier which offers crafts beers and eclectic bar food with many more dining options along Milwaukee and Division.

Two great parking apps: ParkChicago lets you pay those city meters and extend parking time from your phone without leaving your seat  and SpotHero helps you find great parking lots w/ great rates.

Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
TEL. 773.871.6607

Gallery Theatre

The Society for Arts
1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
TEL. 773.486.9612