• February 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Chicago Irish Film Festival

Opening Night Gala: Screening and Reception

February 28, 2019, 7pm at the Theater on the Lake

The 20th Chicago Irish Film Festival will be showcasing a powerful documentary about hope and community in the face of the ever-growing issue of homelessness in Ireland. Shelter Me: Apollo House follows a group of activists who break into an empty government building and resurrect a shelter, the Apollo House. This doc will be showcased alongside two 1-minute shorts, No Dogs and Silent Plight. Academy Award-winning filmmaker and producer, Jim Sheridan, will present his film followed by a Q&A.

Gala early bird tickets are $40 until Feb. 10. The price includes Opening Night film, Shelter Me: Apollo House, complimentary beer, wine, and hor d’oeuvres. Purchase Tickets

Opening Night Ticket Giveaway

From February 1–February 8, 2019, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Opening Night Gala & Reception—$100 value! Head over to our Instagram page for details on how to win.

Kick Off Party

February 8 from 6-9pm
The Red Lion Pub
2446 North Lincoln Avenue
Join us and Ireland Network to celebrate the official launch of the 20th CIFF. Mingle with other film enthusiasts, enter raffles, and get a first-hand look at what to expect at this year’s Festival. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

3 Film Pass

On sale until February 15

On a budget, but still want to head to the 20th Chicago Irish Film Festival to see a few films? You’re in luck: this year, we are offering a 3 Film Pass* for those active filmgoers who want to snag a good deal. 3 Film Pass: $10–$20. But, hurry…We only have a limited amount!*Excludes Opening & Closing Films.

What to Look Forward to:

Thank you to our cultural sponsors.


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