Tickets to all Festival events may be purchased from this website, beginning October 1, 2008.


The 2008 Festival will be presented at the historic Portage Theater, located on the northwest side of Chicago. Designed by architect Henry Newhouse, the theatre opened on December 11, 1920 with 1,938 seats as part of the Ascher Brothers theatre chain. Pre-dating the advent of America’s movie palaces, the Portage Theater’s megaphone-shaped auditorium features a formal beaux-arts opera house design. After a recent five-year period of darkness, the theater has reopened to its original shape, and has been refurbished and restored to its 1920s splendor. It’s now the new home for The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

Portage Theater

4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60641


Parking is available in the city-run public parking lot at Cuyler & Laporte, one-half blocks west of the theater.

Maps and Driving Directions

The Portage Theatre is located a few doors north of the 6-corner intersection of Cicero Ave, Irving Park Rd and Milwaukee Ave.


From Downtown and South

Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) Westbound to Exit 44B, Pulaski Rd to IL 19 Irving Park Rd. At the second light, turn left onto Irving Park Rd. After approximately one mile, turn right onto Milwaukee Avenue, and the theater will be on your left.


From North and West Suburbs

Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) or Edens Expressway (I-94) Eastbound to Exit 44A, Keeler Ave to IL 19 Irving Park Rd. At the first light, turn right onto Keeler Ave, then right again onto Irving Park Rd. After approximately one mile, turn right onto Milwaukee Avenue, and the theater will be on your left.


You can also obtain customized directions from your specific starting point by clicking on the GoogleMap “Get Directions To Here” link below.

Public Transportation

Three major bus lines are only steps away; and the Blue Line’s Irving Park Road stop is just down the street. For the best public transportation itinerary, we invite you to use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) online trip planner at


Using the Blue Line or Metro Union Pacific Northwest Train

Take the CTA Blue Line or Metra Union Pacific Northwest (Harvard/McHenry) to Irving Park Road station. Take the Westbound #80-Irving Park or #X80-Irving Park Express bus (toward Harlem or Cumberland) approximately one mile to Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues. Walk one-half block north on Milwaukee Avenue to the theater.


Take the Metra Milwaukee District North (Fox Lake) to Mayfair or Grayland. From Mayfair, walk one block west to Cicero Ave, and take the Southbound 54-Cicero (toward 24th Place), X54-Cicero Express (toward Midway Airport/Orange Line) or 54A-North Cicero/Skokie (toward Irving Park/Blue Line) bus one-half mile south to Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Walk one-half block north on Milwakee Avenue to the theater.

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