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Support Us

As a non-profit arts organization, we rely on donors like you so that we can continue to carefully curate films to engage, entertain, and enlighten. Our low ticket price and membership revenues cover 45% of our operating budget. The rest comes from loyal patrons such as you. Your generosity allows us to bring more than 1,700 screenings to our diverse community of movie-goers each year. To put it simply, we couldn't do it without you! Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Fund today. Memberships are also partially tax-deductible and are available for purchase below.

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to the Annual Fund

Every gift matters! When you give...

$100: provides an honorarium for movie club guest speaker

$250: allows us to screen a film for a Chicago Public School group

$500: brings an internationally-acclaimed film to Chicago for exclusive showings

$1,000: employs a student artist in our Box Office for a semester

$5,000: replaces a new lightbulb for the 35mm film projector


Your gift to the Gene Siskel Film Center is tax-deductible and entitles you to exclusive benefits, including:

Executive Producer — gifts of $1500 and above – BEST DEAL

  • One VIP pass – free admission for two to all regular Film Center screenings
  • Reserve/pick up your tickets in advance
  • Listing for two years on the Gene Siskel Film Center's donor wall
  • Invitations to special donor events at the Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Listing for one year in The Art Institute of Chicago's Annual Report
  • Invitations to select School of the Art Institute of Chicago events
  • Museum of Contemporary Art reciprocal member privileges
  • Invitations to special events and Annual Gala
  • Producer's Circle — $1000—$1499

  • Gene Siskel Film Center DUAL MEMBERSHIP (instead of individual)
  • Listing for one year on the Gene Siskel Film Center's donor wall
  • Listing for one year in The Art Institute of Chicago's Annual Report
  • Invitations to select School of the Art Institute of Chicago events
  • Museum of Contemporary Art reciprocal member privileges
  • Invitations to special events and Annual Gala
  • Director's Circle — $500—$999

  • Gene Siskel Film Center DUAL MEMBERSHIP (instead of individual)
  • Invitations to select School of the Art Institute of Chicago events
  • Museum of Contemporary Art reciprocal member privileges
  • Invitations to special events and Annual Gala
  • Donor — $150—$499

  • Gene Siskel Film Center DUAL MEMBERSHIP (instead of individual)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art reciprocal member privileges
  • Invitations to special events and Annual Gala
  • Contributor — $50—$149

  • Automatic INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP to the Gene Siskel Film Center with all membership benefits (please contact development if you want to make a straight contribution).

  • For more information on supporting the Gene Siskel Film Center as a Donor, please download our Fact Sheet & contact:
    Deanna Dement Myers at 312-846-2072 or ddemen@saic.edu or Jean de St. Aubin at 312.846.2076 or jdestaubin@saic.edu