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Midwest PRIDE: A Night of Celebration through Cinema
Tickets available on 6/3

June 24, 2024
Gene Siskel Film Center
6:30 PM

Join us on Monday, June 24th, at The Gene Siskel Film Center

for a vibrant Pride Month celebration hosted by The Midwest Film Festival.

The evening commences at 6:30 pm with a lively networking reception, offering an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to mingle with fellow cinephiles, distinguished filmmakers, and vibrant community members. Post-reception, we will transition into a compelling panel discussion featuring Cassidy Dimon from The Film Event Accessibility Working (FEAW) Group, along with leaders from The Legacy Project. This conversation, moderated by our Operations Director, NK Gutiérrez, promises to be an invaluable exchange of insights and inspiration.

The apex of the evening is the Midwest premiere of "Screams From The Tower", a poignant narrative written and directed by Cory Wexler Grant. Cory, along with his extraordinary cast and crew will be gracing the event with a red carpet appearance followed by a post-screening Q&A moderated by Scott Lundius of The Legacy Project.

The festivities continue into the night with an after-party at the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill! This is your chance to extend discussions, forge new connections, and unwind after an evening of stimulating cinema. Enjoy food and beverages while you rub shoulders with fellow movie buffs, filmmakers, and community members.

Whether you're a local Midwesterner or just visiting, this event is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the camaraderie and creativity that define our local film community.

Please note: The introduction, panel discussion, and Q&A will be facilitated with Live Captioning (CART), and the film will be screened with Open Captions.

The Line-Up

Screams From The Tower by Cory Wexler Grant


All events are scheduled to occur at The Gene Siskel Film Center, with the single exception being the after-party. The after-party will be held at the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, conveniently located just a short 5-minute walk from the Film Center.

6:30 pm - Networking Reception

7:30 pm - Community Spotlight

7:50 pm - Feature FILM Screening

9:00 pm - Filmmaker Q&A

9:30 pm - After Party

More Info

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

Emerald Loop Bar & Grill

216 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Parking & Getting There:

Validated parking is available at the InterPark Self-Park at 20 E. Randolph, which is across the street from Macy's (there's also an entrance on Wabash near the corner of Randolph). Parking is $20 for 16 hours with a validation ticket, which can be obtained from the box office before your screening. Note the box office closes after the final screening begins, so please visit prior to your screening time. There is also limited street parking after 6:00 PM on Lake Street and Wabash Avenue.

About The Venue:

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful, provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,600 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel.


Our mission is to create events that are inclusive and accessible to all. To assist us in assessing our accessibility measures, we invite you to complete the Accessibility Scorecard after the screening. Your invaluable feedback will shed light on our strengths and areas for improvement in providing accessibility. Your insight is paramount in our pursuit to make future events more welcoming and accessible to everyone.

For questions or inquiries, please contact

The Gene Siskel Film Center:

The Film Center is fully ADA accessible. Both of our theaters are equipped with hearing loops. Switch your hearing device to T-Coil program to use, or request a headset and transmitter from the box office. We strive to make our theater convenient for guests who use wheelchairs or mobility devices and their companions. Spaces have been designated to accommodate wheelchairs or mobility devices in each auditorium, providing unrestricted sight lines. Theater 1 features five spaces, and Theater 2 features four spaces. Up to four companion seats, if needed, have been set aside next to each wheelchair-accessible area. If contiguous seats are not available, companions will be seated as close as possible to the accessible location. If you need assistance finding seating at a screening, please visit our staff at the theater entry. We ask that all patrons respect the needs of our patrons who use wheelchairs and their companions, with the understanding that they may be asked to relocate if sitting in one of the designated companion seats. 

Emerald Loop Bar & Grill:

At Emerald Loop Bar and Grill, we prioritize accessibility for all our guests. Our physical layout features a ramp for easy access to designated sections. Our main entrance is equipped with an elevator/lift for smooth entry and exit. We offer both low and high tables with ample space in between for comfortable movement. The restrooms are conveniently accessible via a small ramp and boast large stalls for ease of use. Additionally, we provide our menu in two formats - a QR code for digital access and a traditional physical menu.


For additional information about this event, please e-mail us at

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