The Chicago Film Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization created to preserve film-on-film exhibition in Chicago and beyond. Our work relies on your donations!

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Chicago Film Society
1635 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615

What will my donation be used for?

All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law, and will be used towards general operating costs. These include film print rental and screening rights clearance, shipping, staffing costs for our public screenings, film lab costs for our preservation work, the cost of new archival film cans for our film collection, rent on our office (which doubles as a film vault), and the cost of paying the web host for this website.

The Chicago Film Society’s EIN is 80-0676821.

Donations of film or equipment

The Chicago Film Society is also happy to accept in kind donations of films (16mm, 35mm, or 70mm), film memorabilia (posters, lobby cards, stills, etc.), film projector manuals, and projection and sound equipment. Please feel free to contact us at if you wish to make an in-kind donation.

We are grateful to our government and foundation supporters:

The Chicago Film Society is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.