A fixture of the summer film season, the Silent Film Society of Chicago’s Silent Summer Film Festival begins Friday, July 24, with Running Wild (1927), a comedy starring W.C. Fields and directed by that master of light comedy Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey, Stage Door, The Affairs of Celini, Gabriel Over the White House). Josef von Sternberg’s prototypical gangster movie Underworld (1927) follows on July 31; Harold Lloyd stars in Girl Shy (1924) on August 7; Anna May Wong lights up Piccadilly (1929) on August 14; Douglas Fairbanks swashes buckles in The Thief of Bagdad (1924) on August 21; and Janet Gaynor stars in Frank Borzage’s Seventh Heaven (1927) on August 28. All screenings are at the Portage, 4050 N. Milwaukee, and include live organ accompaniment. For more information call (773)736-4050.