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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.

For Accommodation requests or feedback, please email us at, call us at 312.683.0121 x108, or fill out our Accommodation Request Form.

Accommodation Request Form

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.

While all of our theaters offer wheelchair accessible spaces, these are first-come first-serve. To reserve a spot you can do any of the following:

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.

Our Accommodation Request Form is great for giving feedback as well! You can also fill out the Film Event Accessibility Scorecard to give us feedback.

Accessibility at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival

Please visit our individual venue pages for specific venue accessibility details.

Screenings with Assistive Listening Devices available

All screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center have assistive listening devices available.

See all films screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Screenings with Open Captions

Thu October 13

City & State Documentary


Dir. Christopher Burke | United States

Tue October 18

Documentary Documentary Competition Women in Cinema


Dir. Veronika Lišková | Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia

Thu October 20

Comedy Documentary Documentary Competition Sound on Screen Women in Cinema


Dir. Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir | Iceland

Sun October 23



Dir. Klaus Härö | Finland, Ireland

Streaming Films with Closed Captions


City & State Documentary OutLook Women in Cinema


Dir. Mercedes Kane | United States


City & State Documentary


Dir. Christopher Burke | United States

Official Festival Accessibility Partner

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