The Chicago International Film Festival claims to be the longest running film festival
in North America. Three years before it began, The University of Chicago’s Documentary Film Group put on its own festival.
The late eighties saw a burst of ads for 1-900 numbers that promised to relieve your feelings of loneliness. But the phone sex business can be traced at least back to the 1970s.
In 1996 a scene from the film That Old Feeling was shot in the lobby
of the Royal York Hotel. The Empire Room at Chicago’s Palmer House
was a legendary supper club that feature vocal greats from Frank Sinatra
to Peggy Lee.