Accessibility at Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all of our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or ramp access, and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms.
All of our foreign-language films have English subtitles. Virtually screened English-language films will have Closed Captions when available, and select in-person English-language films will screen with Open Captions. These screenings will be announced and publicized on our website and program guides. ASL interpreters will be made available upon request for filmmaker Q&As and panels, as well as Assisted Listening devices when compatible.
Please submit any accommodation requests at least 1 week prior to the scheduled event.
We strive to provide an enjoyable viewing experience for all patrons. We invite feedback on how to better improve our accessibility practices to accommodate a broader, more inclusive audience for all our programs.
Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions
Open captions always are in view and cannot be turned off, whereas closed captions can be turned on and off by the viewer.
An assistive listening device are personal technologies used to improve hearing ability for people in a variety of situations where they are unable to distinguish speech in noisy environments.
ASL Interpreters are available upon request. Please fill out the Accommodation Request Form to request an interpreter. Please note that any requests made less than a week before your scheduled screening cannot be guaranteed.
Accessibility at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival
Please visit our individual venue pages for specific venue accessibility details.
Screenings with Open Captions
Streaming Films with Closed Captions
Official Festival Accessibility Partner