What You'll Get
The phrase "members only" lends an air of distinction to everything from jackets to pristine resort communities constructed from milk cartons. Enjoy the fruits of fellowship with today's Groupon, which gets you membership to the Gene Siskel Film Center in the Loop. Choose between the following options:
- $25 for an individual one-year membership (a $50 value)
- $40 for a dual one-year membership (an $80 value)
The Gene Siskel Film Center screens the finest independent, international, and classic movies in a cine-centric temple to silver-screen artistry. A Film Center membership gets celluloid junkies $5 admission to movies at the Film Center, advanced notice of sneak-preview screenings, invitations to special events, and free popcorn to satisfy stomachs and keep mouths too full to whisper during love scenes (individual members get four free popcorns, dual members get eight). Check out the center's schedule to see a big-screen classic, or plan a foray into the forests of foreign film and learn the French word for jujube.
Yelpers give the Gene Siskel Film Center a 4.5-star average:
- If you're looking for a place to view the truly non-mainstream flick or the foreign film du jour, this is the spot. Unique films, affordable ticket prices…and comfy seats make for a top-notch movie experience in my book. – Cat L.
- This is just another one of the many great urban cultural offerings that make Chicago a fantastic, rich place to live. The Siskel Film Center offers a cool selection of up and coming films , with Q &A with many of the directors after the shows. Obscure stuff sometimes, documentaries of both local and international importance as well as a pretty cool music series. – Karen A.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 25, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate by 02/25/11. Membership expires 1 year after activation. Must disclose name and address for activation. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center is as famous to Chicago film-lovers as its namesake TV film critic has been to national audiences. As the Loop's only movie house, it draws crowds with an eclectic mix of programming rather than with blockbusters and violent popcorn battles. The Film Center has been around under the umbrella of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1972, and its curators are devoted to the art of cinema at least as much as the business. A typical weekend night might offer a documentary, a concert film, a foreign classic, and an innovative modern drama—maybe even a world premiere or a guest artist appearance.
The theaters themselves make it easy to be sucked into the screen, with ultra-plush stadium-style seats, a cafe that serves wine and espresso in addition to traditional concessions, and capacity for 16mm, 35mm, and digital projections. According to Chicagoist, it's not simply a pleasant moviegoing experience—"point-for-point, the Siskel is the finest place to catch a movie in Chicago."