Roger Ebert Memorial to Celebrate His Life and Legacy at the Chicago Theatre

On the fourth anniversary of his death on Tuesday, April 4, friends, family and fans of acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert will gather at his lone star in front of the Chicago Theatre to celebrate his life and legacy, and to champion one of his favorite principles: Empathy. And toward that end, the Ebert Foundation that he and his wife, Chaz, founded together will award grants in Roger’s honor of $1,000 each to 21 organizations that are working to improve the lives of Chicagoans and advance the arts including IFP Chicago.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. outside the Chicago Theatre at 175 N. State Street.

Special guests will include Steve James and Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films; Marlene Iglitzen, widow of Gene Siskel; Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church; Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times chief film critic; Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune chief film critic; Steve Cohen and Paula Froehle, co-founders of the Chicago Media Project; Nicole Bernardi-Reis, executive director, IFP Chicago; Dann Gire, board president, Chicago Film Critics Association; Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office;  and Christine Dudley, director of the Illinois Film Office.