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Jumping ahead a few years from 1940’s Chicago and 1948’s Chicago the Beautiful, the Chicago Film Archives posted a 1977 film, Chicago Is . . . , late last week. And it’s excellent.

According to a DNAinfo article by Kyla Gardner, the fifteen-minute film was made by Cine-Mark productions for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. “The film was made in the late 1970s to encourage tourism to the city and therefore offers a light and fluffy glimpse of Chicago,” Anne Wells, collections manager for Chicago Film Archives, wrote in an email [to Gardner]. “It focuses on tourist hot spots, rather than diving into specific neighborhoods, populations or any critical discussion for that matter.”

Along with excellent footage from all over the city—showcasing shopping, dining, night life, museums, and parks—the film features great vintage shots of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, onstage at Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival. “Opera, ballet, and the world famous Chicago Symphony all add their cultural magic to the city of entertainment. . . . Picnics take on special meaning when combined with concerts at Ravinia, summer home of the famed Chicago Symphony.”

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