164 N. State Street (between Lake and Randolph)
Chicago, IL 60601
The Film Center is located in the heart of Chicago's theater district, across the street from the Chicago Theater and adjacent to ABC 7's studio.
We're conveniently located near all the major CTA train lines as well as several bus lines. The CTA recommends using Google Transit to get door-to-door train, bus, and walking directions.
The neighborhood around the Film Center is well-serviced by taxicabs. Cab service can also be arranged in advance over the phone or online (click the company name to visit their site):
Driving to the Film Center
Validated parking is available at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph, which is across the street from Macy's (there's also an entrance on Wabash near the corner of Randolph). Effective December 2013, parking is $18 for 10 hours with a validation ticket, which can be obtained from the box office. We are currently exploring other, more affordable, parking options for our patrons.
The Film Center is fully ADA accessible. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available upon request from the box office.
We strive to make our theater as convenient as possible for guests that require the use of a wheelchair or mobility device, and their companions. Spaces have been designated to accommodate two wheelchairs or mobility devices in each auditorium, providing unrestricted sightlines for our guests. Up to four companion seats, if needed, have been set aside next to each wheelchair-accessible area. If contiguous seats are not available, companions will be seated as close as possible to the accessible location. We ask that our patrons respect the needs of our disabled guests and their companions with the understanding that they may be asked to relocate if sitting in one of the designated companion seats.
Please visit our Tickets page for more information about pricing and buying tickets.
Accepted forms of Payment
We accept cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.
Box Office Hours
Our box office opens one hour before the first show of the day and closes after the last show of the day. Generally, this means the box office is open from 5 PM - 8:30 PM, Monday through Friday; 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM on Saturday; and 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM on Sunday. Please check our calendar for details on a specific day.
Lost & Found and Other Box Office Questions
The box office number is 312.846.2085 and is answered during its hours of operation for questions regarding accessibility for the disabled, lost and found, and other general facility questions.
Please keep in mind that the box office CANNOT accept ticket orders over the phone, place tickets on hold, or predict ticket availability. During periods of heavy customer traffic, the box office may not be able to answer the phone; please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Children and Film Ratings
The Film Center does not admit children under 6 years of age, however there are exceptions for certain shows. Most of the the movies we show at the Film Center are not rated and are generally not intended for patrons under the age of 13. Full descriptions for all of our films are listed on this site and in our print schedule, the Gazette. Parents should review the descriptions and use their best judgement when considering if a film is appropriate for their children.
Outside Food & Drinks
We do not permit outside food or drinks into our theaters. The Film Center's Gallery/Café offers tables and seating where you may consume outside food & beverages.
Mobile & Electronic Devices
The use of mobile and electronic devices is not permitted in our theaters. In consideration of your fellow moviegoers, please turn off or silence any device that emits light or makes a sound.
Seating & Capacity
All tickets are general admission. We recommend arriving 15-25 minutes before your show begins so that you can purchase or pickup your ticket, visit the concession counter, and choose your favorite seat.
The Film Center has two theaters. Theater 1 (on the left when entering from the lobby) features stadium seating and seats 197 guests. Theater 2 (on the right when entering form the lobby) seats 61 guests.
The Gene Siskel Film Center movies begin at their posted start time. There is no late seating 30 minutes after the film's start time.
The Film Center's administrative offices are open Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. The administrative offices cannot sell tickets to films, but you may purchase a membership in person or over the phone. To purchase a membership or for general questions, please call 312.846.2600.
If you have a specific question and need to speak with someone regarding facility rental, shipping, programming, marketing and public relations, or have a technical question, please visit our Staff page for the office directory or simply call the number above to be directed to the appropriate person.