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The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes educators and students!

As a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center believes that film is a powerful educational tool, providing cultural exposure, multicultural understanding, and historical perspective to students of all ages. To enhance the educational opportunities for young people throughout the city, the Film Center welcomes public and private middle school, high school and college classrooms to our facility to experience films on the big screen. We believe these films provide an informative and inspiring springboard for dialogue and critical thinking..


Student Group Discounts

Interested in bringing your students to one of our public screenings? Our $7 student rate is available to groups of 20 or more students (including accompanying instructors or chaperones) who purchase in advance. Please contact us at (312) 846-2600 or filmcenter@saic.edu for details.


PRIVATE FILM SCREENING OPTIONS

Choose Your Own Film

What: Educators may choose a film from our schedule to book a private, daytime screening during the week of the film’s public run. We also have a small selection of Chicago-based independent films available for private viewing upon request.

How: Check our homepage for our monthly schedule. Private screenings must be scheduled several weeks in advance and usually must occur during the week of the film’s public run. Our theaters have capacities of 61 and 197 and are subject to availability.

Cost: $7 student rate per student, teacher, or chaperone (add a small popcorn for just $1 more!). Groups are responsible for transportation to and from the Film Center. Includes discussion space in our Gallery/Café or theater.

Monthly School Screening Series

What: We invite Chicagoland middle and high school classrooms to join us once a month for a special daytime screening of a film we’re currently showing. Each screening includes a Q&A with a filmmaker or expert.

How: Sign up for our Educator email list on our website! Each month, we email educators on our list, announcing the date and film title of the upcoming month’s screening. Educators must RSVP on a first-come, first-served basis.

Previous films we’ve screened include: MAYA ANGELOU, IN THE GAME, THE HOMESTRETCH, ANTARCTICA: ICE AND SNOW, WALK ALL NIGHT, DO NOT RESIST, COMING THROUGH THE RYE, and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.

Cost: Discounted monthly series ticket price of $6 per student, teacher, and chaperone. Each ticket includes a small popcorn! Schools are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Film Center, which is easily accessible by the CTA.

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT TODAY!


For questions or to schedule a visit, please contact Lori Hile at 312.846.2077 or lhile@saic.edu