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Chicago Home Movie Day

Bring the family to Chicago Home Movie Day at the Chicago Historical Society October 27 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

Chicago Home Movie Day is dedicated to your home movies. From 11:00am until 3:00pm archivists and projectionists will inspect and project all celluloid home movies that walk in the door. We encourage providers of these gems to introduce their films to an eager HMD audience. Don’t have any films? In the afternoon we’ll present a special program of home movies and amateur films from CFA’s collections.

Archivists will inspect and project your home movies and return them to you in comparable condition. (If there are broken perforations or cracked frames, they’ll fix those and return the films in better condition!) Keep in mind that decades-old films are fragile and there’s an inherent (though slight) risk of damage during any projection. If the staff do not feel that the film can be safely projected, they will not screen it.

The archivists can inspect and project 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8. If you have any other oddball formats (28mm, 9.5mm, etc.), they can’t project the films for you, but they can help you find a safe, cost-effective way to view these prints. You’ll also earn their undying film nerd envy! Make a real family day of it and walk across the street to the Lincoln Park Zoo—also free!

The Chicago Historical Society is located at 1601 North Clark Street in Chicago. Admission to Chicago Home Movie Day is free.

Make your Chicago Home Movie Day 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.