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Chicago Critics Film Festival

Film Freaks will want to attend the Chicago Critics Film Festival at the fully restored Music Box Theatre May 20-26, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Chicago Critics Film Festival, the only festival of its kind in the U.S., presents a diverse group of film premieres. This year’s roster of directors includes Christophe Gans (“Silent Wolf”), Taika Waititi (“What We Do in the Shadows”), and Chad Hartigan, and features actors such as Emma Roberts, Craig Robinson, San Neill, Vincent Cassel, Nick Jonas, James Franco and Adrien Grenier.

Film Highlights: “Beauty and the Beast,” a retelling of the classic fairytale, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (the hit of the Toronto Film Festival), “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,”  “Life animated” (a documentary about a boy with autism), “Morris from America” (the hit of the Sundance Film Festival)and “Trash Fire” (a “super dark comedy.

There isn’t a better place to see a film than the restored Music Box Theatre, with its swirling ceiling clouds, art deco interior and large screen. The experience takes one back to another time, in a good way.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue in Chicago. For a full schedule of films and to order tickets, go online to

Make your Chicago Critics Film Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.