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Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest annual film festival dedicated to kids. Now celebrating its 33rd year in Chicago, this popular, family-friendly festival, which runs from October 28 through November 6, features over 250 films from around the world. Post-screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, and filmmaker-led seminars are a great fit for any kid that dreams of becoming the next Spielberg. These movies aren't your standard Hollywood-style kid fare: they promise to make you think, cry, laugh—and sometimes all three.

Ferris Buller at The Skydeck Willis Tower

June 11, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of one of Chicago's most iconic movies — "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". The city is celebrating with a variety of fun activities that would guarantee approval from the "righteous dude" himself.  Literally at the top of the list is a series of anniversary experiences at the Willis Tower (or Sears Tower as it was then known and is still called by old school Chicagoans) that mirror Ferris' madcap adventures.

Skyline - Snow - Blog

The Blues Brothers instantly became a special piece of cinema and Chicago history from the moment it hit the silver screen in 1980. Even today, it's not unusual to go to a Chicago sporting event and see two men wearing the jet black suit, fedora, and wayfarer sunglasses combo. Every Halloween, I see at least five sets of Jake and Elwood ringing doorbells and asking for candy. The film has become part of Chicago's history. The Blues Brothers has stood the test of time, but time has changed Chicago quite a bit. So let's take a look back at some of the filming locations in Chicago, and see what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Sound Opinions at the Movies

This month we lost one of Chicago's most beloved culture critics, the great Roger Ebert. However, we are lucky enough in Chicago to have a number of critics in this city that carry on his legacy as well as offer their own unique talents and critiques to help guide us through the ever expanding world of media. For instance, we house not one but two nationally regarded music critics: Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.

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