You may want to prepare yourself and get a blanket and freshly baked baguette ready. Summer is here and along with it, a bunch of free screenings of your favorite movies at parks throughout the city.
For those who don’t know, the Chicago Park District curates a free summer series of over 100 film screenings at parks all around Chicago. This year’s festival started with a set of weekly events on June 2 where Mel Brooks’ classic, Young Frankenstein, was shown at Berger Park up in Edgewater. The weekly screenings conclude, June 9, down in Englewood at Sherwood Park with a screening of the Common fronted Barbershop: The Next Cut at 8:30pm.
On June 12, the screenings switch to an almost daily schedule and the lineup for those is remarkable. Some of the highlights include the following:
- Ghostbusters (2016) at at Winnemac Park (June 17)
- Queen of Katwe at Homan Square Park (June 23)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at at Moore Park (July 7)
- The Secret Life of Pets at Kenwood Community Park (July 14)
- Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet at Harold Washington Playlot Park (July 31)
- Moana at Marquette Park (August 3)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at South Shore Cultural Center (August 21)
And those films don’t even get into the stellar lineup of free Millennium Park film screenings, which includes La La Land or the Music Box’s new free movie series at Wrigley Field’s new outdoor plaza, which includes Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
All of the Movies in the Park screenings are free and get going around dusk with start times that range between 8 and 8:30pm depending on which movie you’re attending. Further information about start times and the full schedule can be found at the Park District’s website.