Chicago International Film Festival


Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival

Come to the Chicago International Film Festival October 12-26 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!


The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s oldest competitive film festival. The Festival’s in-person tributes have honored such international luminaries as François Truffaut, Orson Welles, Sophia Loren, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Satyajit Ray, Howard Hawks, George Cukor, Spike Lee, Lucino Visconti, Faye Dunaway, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Sidney Poitier, Patrice Chéreau, Ron Howard, J.A. Bayona, Viola Davis, Bruce Dern, and Kevin Kline.


Two of this year’s most highly anticipated films, “The Hate U Give” (directed by George Tillman, Jr.) and “Widows” (directed by Steve McQueen), will receive gala presentation screenings during the 54th Chicago International Film Festival.


“The Hate U Give” tells the story of Starr Carter, a young woman who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. “Widows.” The film is a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption, telling the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.


The Chicago International Film Festival is located at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. For tickets and a full schedule of films, go online to and follow the prompts.


Make your Chicago International Film Festival experience even more enjoyable by staying at the Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago, affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.