For more than 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema. Renamed in honor of the late film critic in 2000, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances year to over 65,000 film enthusiasts at its unique, sophisticated, modern facilities which have been operating since June 2001 at 164 N. State Street.
Gene Siskel possessed a laser-like ability to discern quality in everything. He always looked for the finest; expected it and appreciated it. That is what drew him to The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, Gene found a superior showcase for the world's greatest films. He championed the Film Center from its very inception, as did his distinguished fellow film critic, Roger Ebert. When asked by a journalist to list his three favorite things about Chicago, Gene named Michael Jordan, Mayor Daley, and the Film Center. Gene was a member of the Film Center's Advisory Committee and a strong supporter of the Film Center's mission and wrote hundreds of articles applauding the Film Center's distinctive programming, lending the power of his position as one of the world's most respected film critics to urge public funding and audience support.