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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.

When most Chicago residents and visitors think about the city's LGBT community, the bars and restaurants of Boystown are the first things that come to mind. While a fun Saturday night along Halsted is never a bad plan, don't limit yourself. The Chicagoans that make up our LGBT population are a proud and talented group with much more to offer than dinner and drinks. Take an eye-opening peek into of the most anticipated cultural events of the year when Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival kicks off tonight.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

For movie buffs with an affinity for music, the Summer Music Film Festival - presented by the beloved Music Box Theatre and WBEZ's music talk show Sound Opinions - is the premiere event of the summer. Entering its third summer running the Summer Music Film Festival will screen more than a dozen classic and contemporary concert films and documentaries between June 28 and July 2. All films will be shown at the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview. You can buy single screening passes starting at $8 or go big with a pass to all screenings for $70. 

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