Chi film venue honors Siskel

Ebert tapped as honorary chair, will help launch campaign

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s film center will be renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in honor of the late movie critic.

New venue, to open in late 2000, will be located in the city’s North Loop theater district.

To kick off the opening, school has launched a $5 million capital campaign with Chicago Sun Times pic critic Roger Ebert, Siskel’s longtime colleague, tapped as honorary chair. To date, $1.4 million has been pledged.

The school’s film center opened in 1972.

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