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329 West 18th Street Suite #610
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 243-1808

On-Site Research


Research access to Chicago Film Archives is available by appointment only. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only in-house digital transfers of our collections will be provided for on-site viewing (*please note* – not all of our items have been digitized). Staff research, video preparation and processing of unprocessed materials will be charged at $100/hour. These services are also available for off-site researchers.

Please contact us at 312-243-1808 or for specifics and scheduling. If possible, please provide the exact title of the film or video you are interested in viewing, or the specifics of your research plan (i.e. subjects, time periods, filmmaker’s name, etc). We will respond in setting up an appointment should requested titles be available for viewing on the premises. There may be an associated fee for research visits.

We suggest first heading over to CFA’s “Explore Collections” page, where users can view over 90 finding aids and over 1000 streaming films.