Music Box Theatre is having a moment. The storied movie palace on the Southport corridor has found a bold new stride where programming and personality are concerned. In April, they hosted U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; last month featured some of the year’s best indie films at Chicago Critic’s Film Festival; and at the end of June, they’ve lined up yet another stellar 70mm Film Festival. And have you followed them on Twitter yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Starting next week, the Music Box launches their latest – and perhaps coolest yet – program, partnering with their newest Wrigleyville neighbor, The Park at Wrigley, to present popular films screened outdoors over the summer in the baseball park’s recently opened plaza.
Fresh off their World Series win, the Cubs are literally reshaping their Wrigleyville neighborhood, as new businesses, hotels, parking decks and apartments are all under construction around the ballpark. Already in place is the Park at Wrigley, a public plaza on the field’s west side, in the space created between the park, Waveland Ave. and Clark St. In the true spirit of gentrification (for better or worse), there’s a Starbucks in place; a tavern, a McDonalds and more are in the works.
Also on the plaza is a jumbotron and plenty of room for a crowd, perfect for a summer night at the movies. Starting June 14, Music Box Theatre and The Park at Wrigley will present half a dozen films for free, sure to draw neighbors, Cubs fans and movie-lovers alike. The series kicks off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and includes The Jungle Book, Rookie of the Year, Ghostbusters, The Sandlot and The Blues Brothers.
Space is limited, and with over 4,000 people interested in the kick-off screening, it’s sure to go fast. Arrive early and bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to claim your spot; food and drinks will be available for purchase from local vendors and food trucks. Each screening is preceded by various performances and presentations (90s teen heartthrob Thomas Ian Nicholas is even attending with his screening of Rookie of the Year!).
There are a lot of summer movie options around the city; the Park District again presents their Movies in the Park this year, and Millennium Park features their own line up, too. And now you can add this latest, quintessentially Chicago partnership on the city’s north side – our legendary baseball team and our legendary movie house, together at last – to your must-see outdoor film plans.