Upcoming Special Events

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro
Tue 12 Apr – Tue 3 May

Is It Still Funny? with Mark Caro

Mark Caro hosts a special series that looks at some of the most beloved and groundbreaking comedies in cinema history, and dares to ask the question: “Is it still funny?”

Tuesdays at 7pm beginning April 12th.

Music Box Garden - Spring Opening Party

Wed 4 May, 5:00pm

Music Box Garden - Spring Opening Party

Celebrate springtime in Chicago with us at the seasonal opening of the Music Box’s Garden, located right behind the Music Box Lounge.
This event is FREE

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

Sun 8 May, 12:00pm

Notfilm, with Director Q&A

directed by Ross Lipman in English starring Buster Keaton, Samuel Beckett (2015)

Director Ross Lipman in person!

“Completely fascinating! For moviegoers who care about film, NOTFILM can be unreservedly recommended” —Los Angeles Times

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

Sun 8 May, 2:00pm

Mother’s Day With Mamma Mia!

directed by Phyllida Lloyd in English starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth (2008)

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with Meryl Streep and ABBA at the Music Box! Hosted by Dick O’Day, our interactive screening kicks off with a live pre-show 1970’s fashion contest. Dress up in your best 70’s garb for your chance to win great prizes! Then play along with our audience participation guide while you watch the Broadway smash on the big screen.

Special Mother’s Day Mimosas will be served in the Music Box Lounge!

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!
Tue 10 May

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Upcoming Events:
The Messenger – Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm

The Stratford Festival Presents
Sat 14 May – Tue 21 Jun

The Stratford Festival Presents

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since the revolutionary first season, more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world have visited the Stratford Festival. Now partnering with SpectiCast, the acclaimed repertory theatre presents three exciting plays captured live in September 2015. Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich, and his exceptional team at Melbar Entertainment, the plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

An Evening with Norman Lear

Mon 16 May, 7:00pm

An Evening with Norman Lear

directed by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady in English starring Norman Lear, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Rob Reiner, Amy Poehler, Phil Rosenthal (2016)

Television legend Norman Lear visits the Music Box for a live Q&A, following a special screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.

“Genuinely surprising...an exquisite look at one of the great creative instigators of our time.” —Aint It Cool News

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Wed 18 May, 7:30pm

Silent Cinema presents Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

directed by F. W. Murnau Silent starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor and Margaret Livingston (1927)

One of the most acclaimed silent films of all time, the Music Box presents F.W. Murnau’s dramatic romance Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016
Fri 20  – Thu 26 May

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016

The Chicago Critics Film Festival, now in its fourth year, will run May 20–26, 2016.

Founded by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award-winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization. It’s the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival.

The festival brings together an eclectic array of films ranging from raucous comedies and foreign-made dramas to thought-provoking documentaries and midnight genre films—with a couple of programs of shorts thrown in for good measure.

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents <cite>The Harder They Come</cite>

Wed 1 Jun, 7:00pm

Sound Opinions at the Movies presents The Harder They Come

directed by Perry Henzell in English starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw (1972)

Rock critics Jim DeRogotis and Greg Kot, the hosts of Sound Opinions from WBEZ, host a special screening of The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Advance tickets are available at SoundOpinions.org.

“Timeless and universal...nothing short of amazing” —Los Angeles Times

Silent Shakespeare

Mon 6 Jun, 7:00pm

Silent Shakespeare

Part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago!

Presented by Chicago Humanities Festival & Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David

Sat 11 Jun, 12:00pm

Silent Cinema presents Tol’able David [35mm]

directed by Henry King starring Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis (1921)

35MM Print!

Selected for preservation by the National Film Registry, Tol’able David is a heart-wrenching drama from director Henry King. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical score on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist.

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation.

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

Thu 16 Jun, 9:45pm

Iggy Pop Live in Basel

in English starring Iggy Pop, Kevin Armstrong, Seamus Beaghen, Ben Ellis, Mat Hector (2016)

Two Screenings Only!

NT Live 2016
Sat 25 Jun

NT Live 2016

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago. Filmed in London, these productions feature some of the finest actors, directors, and writers working today, in breathtaking interpretations of the classics and groundbreaking new works.

Upcoming Presentations
One Man, Two Guvnors – Sat, June 25th at 11:30am

Dog Film Festival
Sun 11 Sep

Dog Film Festival

The World’s First Film Festival entirely for, by and about dogs and their people!

Music Box of Horrors 2016
Sat 15  – Sun 16 Oct

Music Box of Horrors 2016

The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Noon! Our annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks is one of the highlights of our year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.

Stay in Touch

About Us

Sign up for our E-Newsletter Sign up for our E-Newsletter

receive weekly showtimes & information