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Chicago Location Info

The Gene Siskel Film Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

164 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312 846-2600

The state-of-the-art Gene Siskel Film Center is a recent addition to the Chicago cultural scene. Located in the heart of the city's bustling downtown, it's within walking distance of hotels and restaurants in every price range. The historic Marshall Field's department store is one block away; the Art Institute of Chicago is also close by. At the end of the day, catch a play at one of the downtown theaters, or stroll over to the lakefront for the ultimate city view. (Note: The Film Center is fully wheelchair accessible.)

Getting to Chicago
  • By Air: Chicago is served by two major airports — O'Hare (United Airlines' hub) and Midway. Mass transit, taxis, and shuttles connect both airports with downtown Chicago.
  • By Train: Fifty Amtrak trains arrive or depart Chicago daily.
  • By Car: Driving directions are available from the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau website.
Getting to the Gene Siskel Film Center
  • By Train: Take a CTA train (Chicago Transit Authority) Red, Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown line to the State/Lake stop. Or take the Blue line to the Washington/Dearborn stop.
  • By Bus: Many CTA bus routes stop along State Street, Michigan Avenue, Dearborn Street, and Clark Street.
  • By Car: Public parking lots are located at the corner of Wabash and Randolph Streets and at the corner of Dearborn and Lake Streets.
Getting Around Chicago

The CTA web site provides bus and train schedules, and a trip planner. Taxis are also generally easy to flag in downtown Chicago.


Nearby hotels include the Hotel Sax Chicago, the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Hotel Allegro, and the Hotel Monaco. Check Hot Rooms for discounted rooms.


Continental breakfast will be provided from 8-9am. Snacks for the two coffee breaks are included. There are many restaurant choices for lunch nearby; a list of local restaurants and addresses will be provided at the seminar.

Chicago Weather

September brings beautiful weather to Chicago, with highs averaging 76°F, lows averaging 57°F. Check Weather.com for an up-to-date Chicago weather report.