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ChiFilmFest Opening Night Block Party

For one night only, we’re rolling out the red carpet for the ChiFilmFest Opening Night Block Party! Kicking off 12 days of international and independent films, join us for an evening of music, food trucks, drinks, and film-themed activities uniting film lovers from across Chicago to celebrate the magic of the movies. Free and open to the public!

The block party will take place on N Southport Ave from Grace to Waveland (in front of the Music Box Theatre) and is rain or shine.

Presented with support from Special Service Area 27

Entertainment, Activities, and Attractions at the Block Party

  • Movie Trivia (with prizes!) all night long at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30pm!
  • DJs from CHIRP Radio throughout the night
  • Live Music by DARK ROOM MEN from 7:00-8:00pm
  • Improv Performances from Portal-Prov! from 8:00-8:30 and 9:00-9:30pm
  • Aikido Demonstration 5:00-5:30pm
  • Free Origami and Calligraphy activities throughout the night hosted by the Japanese Culture Center
  • Face Painting
  • Caricature Artist
  • Photo Booth by Citi
  • Xfinity Lounge


  • Chicago Alliance of Film Festivals
  • Daily Planet Productions/Give a Shirt
  • Kartemquin Films
  • Gene Siskel Film Center
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Music Box Theatre
  • Camera Ambassador
  • Triangle Lawn Games
  • and more!

Food and Drink

  • Cafe Tola
  • Harold’s Chicken Shack
  • Lola’s Coney Island
  • Budweiser
  • The Seeker Wine
  • Dark Matter Coffee
  • Liquid Death
  • Adictivo Tequila


Opening Night Films at The Music Box Theatre

(separate ticket required)




Sponsors and Supporters

Logo: The Seeker 210x75

Logo: Camera Ambassador 172x150Logo: Choose Chicago 139x100Logo: Chirp Radio 208x125Logo: Citi (no trademark) 161x100Logo: DCASE Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 311x100Logo: DCASE/Chicago Film Office (202) - 450x75Logo: Chicaog History Museum 202x75logo: Chicago Made 116x85Logo: Dark Matter Coffee 125x125Logo: Gene Siskel Film Center 270x75Logo: Japanese Culture Center 117x200 Logo: Lakeview Special Service Area 27 307x75 Logo: Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce 160x95Logo: Music Box TheatreLogo: WBBM Newsradio 105.9 191x100Logo: Xfinity 256x100

Event Information

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613


This event is free and open to the public


Cinema/Chicago is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment at all our programs and events. All event venues are fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step entrances or rap access and elevators. All venues offer wheelchair-designated spaces, companion seating, easy-access theater seating, and accessible restrooms. For accommodation requests, please email us at access@chicagofilmfestival.com, call us at 312-683-0121, x108, or complete our Accommodation Request Form.

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