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Chicago boasts a long history of supplying a vivid backdrop for movies. In classics such as The Blues BrothersFerris Bueller's Day Off and High Fidelity, Chi-town earns starring roles. Films that showcase the North Side and outlying suburbs are regularly cited, but many film lovers don't realize that the South Side has a remarkable film history as well.

From the early 20th century films of Oscar Micheaux, to the array of films shot on the South Side featured in the Black Harvest Film Festival, this area's movie history showcases a rich, if often overlooked, history. The first annual South Side Film Festival remedies that situation with a line-up of South Side film classics.

2017 Chicago Latino Film Festival

You might be in Chicago but the 33rd Chicago Latino Film Festival will transport you all over Latin America with an exciting line-up of 70 feature films and 40 shorts from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The 15-day movie fest features presentations now through May 4 at AMC River East 21 Theatres. 
Chicago Film Archives

Visitors and locals love to delight in recounting Chicago locations featured in iconic Hollywood films. From the dramatic vistas of Chicago featured from Lake Shore Drive ("My Best Friend's Wedding," anyone?) to the long-gone Trailways bus terminal (hello, "Adventures in Babysitting"), the Second City has been a popular place to shoot on location since the days of Essanay Studios.

But what of those lesser-known gems? The curious industrial films that feature the city, the odd travelogue, or even an artist's interpretation of Chicago during the holidays all are worthy of folks curious about Windy City history. 

Here are a few gems, complete with my own viewing suggestions for don't miss moments within these fine frames.

Art & Film in Chicago: Three Must-Visit Movie Meccas

Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 AM by Arte y Vida


You can discover a whole new world when it comes to art and film in Chicago by simply visiting any of the city's art house theaters, independent galleries and off-the-beaten-path art hubs. In addition, pop-up art galleries, whether presented at festivals or as a uniquely themed temporarily running event, allow opportunities to witness artistic endeavors we may otherwise never see. We've selected a few of the city's most creative outlets that we believe give art and film, or both, a whole new focus.

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