Chicago

Every Free Outdoor Movie Worth Seeing in Chicago This Summer

Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios

In a wintry city like Chicago, outdoor movies are a great way to do what is customarily a rainy-day activity in a special setting. Chicago’s dedication to film is obvious; the month of August alone has more than 100 outdoor movies scheduled across our many parks or film series. There’s a movie playing somewhere outdoors almost every night of the week for the remainder of the summer, making it an easy addition to your busy events calendar. Some key things to remember for the ultimate outside movie watching experience: bring bug spray or a citronella candle, get there early to secure better seating, and you can usually bring your own snacks and popcorn. And oh yeah, it’s oh-so romantic.

Multiple movies

All summer long
The Cascade Drive-In

This 50-year-old drive-in is always an option — open 7 days a week, you can bring kids and/or pets and listen to movies through your car speakers by tuning to a radio station. There’s full concessions and you can bring your own snacks, or have a full on tailgate barbecue in the grilling area with hot dogs and hamburgers (remember to bring your own charcoal). They play two movies a week. You can check out the website for specific showings and times.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 5-11), children under 5 and pets are free

Justice League

Friday, July 27
Clark (John) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Friday, July 27
Gompers

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Minions

Friday, July 27
Shedd Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Beauty and the Beast

Friday, July 27
Bandshell at Catigny Park

These movies take place at the Cantigny bandshell at sunset and are free with paid parking (which costs $5). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets encouraged. There’s also concessions available by Mamie’s Toffee & Treats. All ages.
Cost: Free with paid parking

The Boss Baby

Friday, July 27
Oakdale Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Saturday, July 28
Dawes Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Despicable Me 3

Saturday, July 28
Humboldt Park (east of the Humboldt Park Boathouse)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder  

Saturday, July 28
Loyola Park (in the lawn at Farwell Ave.)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder Woman

Sunday, July 29
Churchill Field Playlot Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Sense and Sensibility

Sunday, July 29
Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Chorus (Les Choristes)

Sunday, July 29
Dvorak Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. French with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios

Finding Dory

Monday, July 30
Portage Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

James and the Giant Peach

Monday, July 30
Burnham Park (39th and Lake Shore Dr.)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Trolls

Monday, July 30
Chippewa Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Viva Las Vegas

Monday, July 30
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at the Navy Pier

The Chicago International Film Festival teamed up with the Navy Pier for Water Flicks, a lakefront outdoor summer film series with the annual theme “Movies With Music.” On this particular night, there’s a special performance by the cast of Heartbreak Hotel (of Broadway Playhouse) on the stage at Polk Bros Park Lake before the movie. Free concert and free movie at 7pm.  
Cost: Free

Moana

Monday, July 30
Fuller Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages. Starting at 6:30pm prior to the movie, The Forest Preserves of Cook County has free little outdoor nature-based adventure activities for families and kids.
Cost: Free

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

Ready Player One

Monday, July 30
ROOF on theWit
Travel + Leisure
once voted this celeb-packed bar one of the world’s hottest rooftop joints. The swanky night-time hangout spot turns into an open air movie theater with a large screen and complimentary popcorn. Reservations aren’t required but are strongly recommended. It might not be the best place for a film nerd to hear the actual movie, but you sip cocktails high above the city and under the stars there every Monday through September.
Cost: The popcorn and movie are free, but the drinks are not

Double Feature: WALL-E and Crash

Tuesday, July 31
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Post up for two movies in one night at this double feature screening with a 15 minute intermission in between the films. All the movies in the Millennium Park Summer Film series are presented on a 40-foot LED screen with subtitles, and will begin with a screening of a “ChicagoMade Short.” There are two options for seating, both on the Great Lawn with a picnic basket and a blanket or in the Seating Bowl. The seats in the front of the Bowl are reserved for members and One Night Pass holders, and the back half is free — first come, first serve. Food and drinks are welcome on both the Great Lawn and the Seating Bowl. Take the CTA to avoid pricey parking fees.
Cost: Free

Italo Barocco

Tuesday, July 31
Lincoln Park (Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse at Stockton/LaSalle)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. Italian with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Wednesday, August 1
Ridge Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Looking For A Boyfriend…For My Wife  (Se Busca Novio … Para Mi Mujer)

Wednesday, August 1
Harrison Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. Spanish with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Wednesday, August 1
Merrimac Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Lion King

Wednesday, August 1
Oakbrook Center

The Oakbrook Center is hosting free outdoor movies on the Village Green located near Crate & Barrel. Seating is first-come, first-serve and parking at the shopping center is free. There’s a whole bunch of shops and restaurants around, and a real movie theater in case it starts to rain. All ages are welcome. You can follow @oakbrookcenter on Instagram and tag your photos with #MoviesatOakbrook
Cost: Free

DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment

Wonder Woman

Thursday, August 2
Margate Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Thursday, August 2
Marquette Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Thursday, August 2
Archer Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Thursday, August 2
Austin Town Hall Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Justice League

Friday, August 3
Nat King Cole Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Sherlock Gnomes

Friday, August 3
LeClaire Courts-Hearst Community Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Sherlock Gnomes

Friday, August 3
Bandshell at Catigny Park

These movies take place at the Cantigny bandshell at sunset and are free with paid parking (which costs $5). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets encouraged. There’s also concessions available by Mamie’s Toffee & Treats. All ages.
Cost: Free (with paid parking)

Coco

Friday, August 3
Green Briar Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Friday, August 3
Dvorak Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder Woman

Friday, August 3
Oz Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation

The Boss Baby

Saturday, August 4
Abbott Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Justice League

Saturday, August 4
O’Hallaren Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Sing

Sunday, August 5
Jonquil Playlot Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Boss Baby

Sunday, August 5
Chippewa Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Sunday, August 5
Hamilton Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Sunday, August 5
Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center (at the multi-turf soccer/football field off of Ogden and Sacramento)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Under The Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

Monday, August 6
Calumet Park (east of the Calumet Park Fieldhouse)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

Inside Out

Monday, August 6
Lake Shore Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Frozen

Monday, August 6
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at the Navy Pier

The Chicago International Film Festival teamed up with the Navy Pier for Water Flicks, an outdoor summer film series with a beautiful lakefront backdrop. This year’s theme is “Movies With Music,” where a bunch of people singing and dancing and clapping overlooking the sunset  will most certainly ensue.
Cost: Free

Wonder Woman

Tuesday, August 7
Augusta Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

School of Rock

Tuesday, August 7
Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

All the movies in the Millennium Park Summer Film series are presented on a 40-foot LED screen with subtitles, and will begin with a screening of a “ChicagoMade Short.” There are two options for seating, both on the Great Lawn with a picnic basket and a blanket or in the Seating Bowl. The seats in the front of the Bowl are reserved for members and One Night Pass holders, and the back half is free — first come, first serve. Food and drinks are welcome on both the Great Lawn and the Seating Bowl. Take the CTA to avoid pricey parking fees. Showtime is 6:30pm.
Cost: Free

The Post

Tuesday, August 7
Ward (A. Montgomery) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Selena

Tuesday, August 7
Cragin Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Despicable Me 3

Tuesday, August 7
West Lawn Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Lionsgate
Lionsgate
Lionsgate

Wonder

Wednesday, August 8
Oakbrook Center

The Oakbrook Center is hosting free outdoor movies on the Village Green located near Crate & Barrel. Seating is first-come, first-serve and parking at the shopping center is free. There’s a whole bunch of shops and restaurants around, and a real movie theater in case it starts to rain. All ages are welcome and showtime is 7pm. You can follow @oakbrookcenter on Instagram and tag your photos with #MoviesatOakbrook.
Cost: Free

Southern Winds (Vientos del Sur)

Wednesday, August 8
Loyola Park (at the lawn at Farwell Ave.)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. Spanish with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Wednesday, August 8
Sherman Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Wednesday, August 8
Simons Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Incredibles

Thursday, August 9
Adams Playground Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Thursday, August 9
Portage Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Thursday, August 9
Burnside Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Black Panther

Thursday, August 9
Skinner Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Associate

Thursday, August 9
Wicker Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Friday, August 10
Galewood Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco  

Friday, August 10
Veterans’ Memorial Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Friday, August 10
Bandshell at Catigny Park

These movies take place at the Cantigny bandshell at sunset and are free with paid parking (which costs $5). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets encouraged. There’s also concessions available by Mamie’s Toffee & Treats. All ages, with showtime at 8:30pm.
Cost: Free (with paid parking)

The Sandlot

Friday, August 10
Mayfair Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Friday, August 10
Sumner Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Friday, August 10
Avalon Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Incredibles

Saturday, August 11
Museum of Science and Industry

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Sunday, August 12
Jensen Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment

The Secret Life of Pets

Sunday, August 12
Walsh Playground Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Bringing Up Baby

Monday, August 13
Lincoln Park (south of Belmont Harbor, east of Lake Shore Drive)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Wedding Singer

Monday, August 13
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at the Navy Pier

The Chicago International Film Festival teamed up with the Navy Pier for Water Flicks, an outdoor summer film series with a beautiful lakefront backdrop. This year’s theme is “Movies With Music,” where a bunch of people singing and dancing and clapping overlooking the sunset  will most certainly ensue. Showtime is 7pm.
Cost: Free

Back to the Future

Monday, August 13
Webster Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Pretty Woman

Monday, August 13
ROOF on theWit
Travel + Leisure
once voted this celeb-packed bar one of the world’s hottest rooftop joints. The swanky night-time hangout spot turns into an open air movie theater with a large screen and complimentary popcorn. Reservations aren’t required but are strongly recommended. It might not be the best place for a film nerd to hear the actual movie, but you sip cocktails high above the city and under the stars there every Monday through September. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: The popcorn and movie are free, but the drinks are not

Red Tails

Tuesday, August 14
Grant Park (by Logan Monument, at Michigan Ave. and 9th St.)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Tuesday, August 14
Millennium Park Summer Film Series

All the movies in the Millennium Park Summer Film series are presented on a 40-foot LED screen with subtitles, and will begin with a screening of a “ChicagoMade Short.” There are two options for seating, both on the Great Lawn with a picnic basket and a blanket or in the Seating Bowl. The seats in the front of the Bowl are reserved for members and One Night Pass holders, and the back half is free — first come, first serve. Food and drinks are welcome on both the Great Lawn and the Seating Bowl. Take the CTA to avoid pricey parking fees.
Cost: Free

Moana

Tuesday, August 14
Kells Playground Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Clue

Tuesday, August 14
Lincoln Park (on the patio behind the Chicago History Museum)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Celador Films
Celador Films
Celador Films

Slumdog Millionaire

Tuesday, August 14
Millennium Park Summer Film Series

All the movies in the Millennium Park Summer Film series are presented on a 40-foot LED screen with subtitles, and will begin with a screening of a “ChicagoMade Short.” There are two options for seating, both on the Great Lawn with a picnic basket and a blanket or in the Seating Bowl. The seats in the front of the Bowl are reserved for members and One Night Pass holders, and the back half is free — first come, first serve. Food and drinks are welcome on both the Great Lawn and the Seating Bowl. Take the CTA to avoid pricey parking fees.
Cost: Free

Ferdinand

Wednesday, August 15
Hamlin Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The LEGO Batman Movie

Wednesday, August 15
Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Looking for a Boyfriend…For My Wife (Se Busca Novio…Para Mi Mujer)

Wednesday, August 15
Hermosa Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. Spanish with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Wednesday, August 15
Shedd Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Thursday, August 16
Scoville Park

If you’re in the neighborhood, this little park’s summer night showing is free and open to the public. Movies begin at dusk. They also have cool free concerts!
Cost: Free

Field of Dreams

Thursday, August 16
Bartelme (Mary) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Fate of the Furious

Thursday, August 16
West Pullman Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Thursday, August 16
Washtenaw Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

West Side Story

Thursday, August 16
Chase Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Spark: A Space Tail

Friday, August 17
Revere Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Friday, August 17
Maggie Daley Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Friday, August 17
Clark (John) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Friday, August 17
Bandshell at Catigny Park

These movies take place at the Cantigny bandshell at sunset and are free with paid parking (which costs $5). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets encouraged. There’s also concessions available by Mamie’s Toffee & Treats. All ages. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: Free (with paid parking)

Wonder

Friday, August 17
Vittum Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Friday, August 17
Independence Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Friday, August 17
Bessemer Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Saturday, August 18
Washington Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Roman Holiday

Saturday, August 18
Churchill Field Playplot Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment

Sing

Saturday, August 18
Sauganash Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder

Sunday, August 19
Unity Playlot Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sunday, August 19
Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Grease

Monday, August 20
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at the Navy Pier

The Chicago International Film Festival teamed up with the Navy Pier for Water Flicks, an outdoor summer film series with a beautiful lakefront backdrop. This year’s theme is “Movies With Music,” where a bunch of people singing and dancing and clapping overlooking the sunset  will most certainly ensue. Showtime is 7pm.
Cost: Free

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Monday, August 20
South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Monday, August 20
ROOF on theWit
Travel + Leisure
once voted this celeb-packed bar one of the world’s hottest rooftop joints. The swanky night-time hangout spot turns into an open air movie theater with a large screen and complimentary popcorn. Reservations aren’t required but are strongly recommended. It might not be the best place for a film nerd to hear the actual movie, but you sip cocktails high above the city and under the stars there every Monday through September. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: The popcorn and movie are free, but the drinks are not

Sunset Boulevard

Monday, August 20
Osterman Beach (north of Bryn Mawr Ave., east of Lake Shore Drive)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town operation in its eighteenth season. There are so many movies playing at parks around the city, it’s impressive. All of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Gather the friends and the comfortable chairs and a cooler. All ages.
Cost: Free

Moana

Monday, August 20
Rowan Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Mirisch Company
The Mirisch Company
The Mirisch Company

West Side Story

Tuesday, August 21
Haas Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Tuesday, August 21
Lawler Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Tuesday, August 21
Ward (A. Montgomery) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

A Dog’s Purpose

Tuesday, August 21
McKinley Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Wednesday, August 22
Kedvale Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder Woman

Wednesday, August 22
Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wednesday, August 22
Union Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

A Dog’s Purpose

Thursday, August 23
Wilson (Frank J.) Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Thursday, August 23
Portage Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Elevator to the Gallows (Ancenseur pour l’Echafaud)

Thursday, August 23
Washington Park (in the sunken lawn behind the DuSable Museum)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. French with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free

Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox 2000 Pictures

Hidden Figures

Thursday, August 23
Fosco Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Hidden Figures

Friday, August 24
Garfield Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

The LEGO Batman Movie

Friday, August 24
Cornell Square Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Friday, August 24
Kelly Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Cars 3

Saturday, August 25
Wolfe Playground Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, August 25
Oz Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Coco

Saturday, August 25
Kosciuszko Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Black Panther

Saturday, August 25
Washtenaw Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Saturday, August 25
Nichols Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. At this screening, The Exchange (Cam Be) and Continuing Ed. (Free Spirit Media) will be shown. All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Monday, August 27
Loyola Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. At this screening, The Exchange (Cam Be) and Continuing Ed. (Free Spirit Media) will be shown. All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment

Jurassic Park

Monday, August 27
Grant Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Monday, August 27
Loyola Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. At this screening, The Exchange (Cam Be) and Continuing Ed. (Free Spirit Media) will be shown. All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

I, Tonya

Monday, August 27
ROOF on theWit
Travel + Leisure
once voted this celeb-packed bar one of the world’s hottest rooftop joints. The swanky night-time hangout spot turns into an open air movie theater with a large screen and complimentary popcorn. Reservations aren’t required but are strongly recommended. It might not be the best place for a film nerd to hear the actual movie, but you sip cocktails high above the city and under the stars there every Monday through September. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: The popcorn and movie are free, but the drinks are not

Chicago Onscreen

Tuesday, August 28
Clarendon Park Cmty Ctr

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. At this screening, King, Hereafter (Curtis Matzke); Letter to My Son (Austin Julian Davis); Moah’s Ark (Jose Donoso); Parts & Labor (Bing Liu); Red Line Lounge (Jens Ericson); Runner (Clare Cooney); Uninsurable (Clare Austen-Smith); and The Wayward Wind (Steve Delahoyde and Monica Thomas) will be shown. Showtime is 8pm. All ages.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Tuesday, August 28
Ellis Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. This screening is showing I Can Only Be Mary Lane (Jesseca Ynez Simmons), Red Line Lounge (Jens Ericson), and Brooks People (Shahari Moore). All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Tuesday, August 28
West Pullman Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. This screening is showing The Spy Who Knew Me (A.B.L.E. Ensemble) and Charming Strangers (Weichao Xu). All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Wednesday, August 29
Independence Park

The Chicago Park District’s fifth-annual celebration and showcase of local films and filmmakers returns to the parks this summer with fifteen locally-made and Chicago-focused short and feature films from some of the city’s filmmaking voices. This screening is showing The Spy Who Knew Me (A.B.L.E. Ensemble) and Charming Strangers (Weichao Xu). All ages. Showtime is 8pm.
Cost: Free

Chicago Onscreen

Thursday, August 30-Saturday, September 1
Ping Tom Memorial Park

This is the Chicago Park District’s first ever, outdoor, local film festival. The weekend-long festival will feature Chicago flicks on multiple screens, including the 2018 Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase lineup and film and media from some of the city’s most exciting and innovative local programmers and film institutions. All ages. Showtime is 6:30pm
Cost: Free

Little Big League

Friday, August 31
Archer Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jaws

Friday, August 31
Bandshell at Catigny Park

These movies take place at the Cantigny bandshell at sunset and are free with paid parking (which costs $5). Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets encouraged. There’s also concessions available by Mamie’s Toffee & Treats. All ages. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: Free (with paid parking)

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

Moana

Saturday, September 1
Piotrowski Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Sunday, September 2
Tuley Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Despicable Me 3

Tuesday, September 4
Gladstone Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free

Wonder

Wednesday, September 5
Horner Park
The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Ferdinand

Friday, September 7
Ronan Park (west of the river, near Sacramento and Ainslie)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

The King and the Mockingbird (L Roi et L’Oiseau)

Friday, September 7
Winnemac Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. French with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Donkey Skin (Peau D’Ane)

Saturday, September 8
Osterman Beach

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. French with English subtitles. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Saturday, September 8
Senn Playlot Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Blues Brothers

Monday, September 10
ROOF on theWit
Travel + Leisure
once voted this celeb-packed bar one of the world’s hottest rooftop joints. The swanky night-time hangout spot turns into an open air movie theater with a large screen and complimentary popcorn. Reservations aren’t required but are strongly recommended. It might not be the best place for a film nerd to hear the actual movie, but you sip cocktails high above the city and under the stars there every Monday through September. Showtime is 8:30pm.
Cost: The popcorn and movie are free, but the drinks are not

Black Panther

Monday, September 10
South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse (behind the South Shore Cultural Center)

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Space Jam

Wednesday, September 12
Davis Square Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Spaceballs

Friday, September 14
Revere Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Justice League

Friday, September 14
Commercial Club Playground Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

Trolls

Friday, September 14
Lincoln Park

The Movies in the Parks series is a city-wide Chi-town tradition in its eighteenth season. From retro childhood favorites to Golden Age of Hollywood classics, all of the showings begin at dusk (specific times can be found on any weather site) and are free. Bring your lawn chair and a cooler — there’s a movie playing every night of the summer. All ages.
Cost: Free  

The Lion King

Saturday, September 15
Scoville Park

If you’re in the neighborhood, his little park’s summer night showing is free and open to the public. Movies begin at dusk. They also have cool free concerts!
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Photo by Kayode Omoyosi
Photo by Kayode Omoyosi
Photo by Kayode Omoyosi

I was introduced to Robyn DaCultyre at an Untitled Queen show at C’mon Everybody in late January, and it was one of the most unique drag shows I’d seen in a while. Afterwards, I tracked down this self-described “drag creature” and video chatted about her drag origin story, the state of drag in her native Ohio, and the dual identities that make up her persona. Thrillist: I want to ask you about how Robyn DaCultyre came about and your point of view behind your performance.

Robyn DaCultyre: I’ve been travelling around the country from a young age in ministry and Christian studies. I moved to Chicago right after high school. Four years later, moved back to Columbus and decided I didn’t really want to do church anymore; that wasn’t where my heart was.

I had a really low point in my life and had a suicide attempt and then really found drag and started doing drag as a coping mechanism and way to let off steam. I started in July of 2019, and it was really a lot of punk and metal music. I created this drag creature of sorts and they were really out of this world and celestial and all of those fun alien type terms.

And then we went into a global pandemic and I had a lot of time to figure out who I wanted to be. Digitally I was still doing a lot of drag creature-esque numbers and all of that, but I had this moment where we’re on the front lines getting hit with pepper spray and rubber bullets and pepper spray-all of those lovely things. And I said, I have this platform and I need to start showcasing what’s happening.

Untitled [Queen] stepped in at the right time and messaged me and said, “I’m doing this show for Independence Day called Untitled in America with 52 different performers and I want you to be a part of it.” It was at that moment I was able to take the footage I had been recording on the front lines and incorporate it into digital content. I did a song called Black Like Me by Mickey Guyton that talks about white picket fences, but if you want to see how America is, then you should try being Black like me. The imagery of what’s literally happening in Columbus in that digital performance really spearheaded me into focusing on people who look like me.

Nina Simone is one of my biggest inspirations, and one of her quotes that resonates with me is that it’s the duty of the artist to resonate with the times. My art is politically charged. I like to entertain, but there will definitely be a time when you come to a show expecting to have your drink and be chill and that might not be the case.

How did the name Robyn DaCultyre come about?

I was smoking with Ursula Major, who was on season one of Dragula, and the first time I introduced myself to her I was Robyn Banks, which is my drag name originally. She said, “Well, do you just not want to be original at all?” [Laughs] And I sat with that for a couple of months, and I got really stoned one day and was listening to Janelle Monae, and she talks about doing it for the culture, and I said “I do it for the culture, too!” And the rest is history.

And you started a series called Melanated.

We started Melanated last February. I told the idea to my show director that there were no shows specifically run by Black people that only featured Black entertainers. I wanted to do this show for a night and she said, Why don’t we do it once a week for the whole month? The first show happens, and it’s a sold out crowd, and [my director] comes back and says we should do this every month. So I sucked it up and here we are a year later.

Melanated is the only fully Black show in all of the state. It’s a horrible marketing tool and not something I want to promote, but it is just a fact. It amazes me that we are the 13th largest city in America and there’s nothing here that’s fully focused on Black entertainers. The name also comes from Janelle Monae; she says she’s highly melanated and I said, that works.

Photos by Chay Creates LLC (left) and Bridget Caswell (right)
Photos by Chay Creates LLC (left) and Bridget Caswell (right)
Photos by Chay Creates LLC (left) and Bridget Caswell (right)

You refer to yourself as a drag creature, as opposed to drag queen or king…

This is actually the first time I’m making this public. I am in this place where I want to separate the alternative creature from who this melanated goddess or whatever is. DaCultyre is definitely the person who runs Melanated and then Robyn is this drag creature that is out of this world and really loves punk and alternative music. And both intertwine to make Robyn DaCultyre.

You also do pageants. Tell me about that.

In 2020 I was appointed by Nina West, who is from Columbus, as the representative from Ohio for National Entertainer of the Year in Louisville, Kentucky. I placed ninth out of 13 contestants and I really fell in love with the system and fell in love with the pageantry and loved the idea of reigning and being different. I want to show that we as alternative performers, as bearded performers, you can come into these systems and shake things up.

Is there a uniquely “Ohio” style of drag?

No, and I think that’s one of the things that makes it so amazing is that everyone has their own unique style, and it’s all pretty much accepted. I started as a performer and a drag creature and there was space that was afforded to me and I transitioned to more glamor and pageantry and that’s afforded to me as well. I’ve been a bearded entertainer for a year now. The cool thing about Ohio is that there is literally a place for everyone.

I think I have everything I need. Is there anything else I didn’t ask you about that you want to bring up, or‚Ķ

I don’t think so. Are there any generic questions you haven’t asked?

Generic questions‚ĶI think I asked all of them already [laughs]. I like to ask what you’d be doing if you weren’t doing drag?

It’s a great question. I have a day job that is very demanding so I need drag to get away. I’m also very creative and artistic. I used to do web design and all these other things to pull into my creativity. Drag is the longest thing I’ve stuck with in all parts of my life, so I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

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John deBary¬†is a drinks expert and writer. His first cocktail book,¬†Drink What You Want, is available now, and his next book,¬†Saved by the Bellini, is expected in early 2023. He is also the co-founder and president of the¬†Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of hospitality industry professionals through advocacy, grant making, and impact investing.

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