Film fest

Watch Free Movies This Summer at Public Parks Throughout Chicago

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryPhotograph courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

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:

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 can be found at the Park District’s website.

Below is the complete series lineup. This information below will be updated weekly so that the most current screenings are shown first.

June

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Athletic Field Park (June 23)
  • Queen of Katwe at Columbus Park (June 23)
  • Queen of Katwe at Homan Square Park (June 23)
  • Sing at Independence Park (June 23)
  • Drop Dead Fred at Minuteman Park (June 23)
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown at Osterman Beach (June 23)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Humboldt Park (June 24)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Murray Playground Park (June 24)
  • Space Jam at Rowan Park (June 24)
  • La La Land at Jonquil Playlot Park (June 25)
  • An American in Paris at Harold Washington Playlot Park (June 26)
  • The Lego Movie at Bartelme, Mary Park (June 27)
  • Field of Dreams at Chicago History Museum (June 27)
  • Rogue One at Webster Park (June 27)
  • Como en el Cine/Like in the Movies at Harrison Park (June 28)
  • Big at Lincoln Park Cultural Center (June 28)
  • Sing at Olympia Park (June 28)
  • Top Gun at Chase Park (June 29)
  • Sing at Owens Park (June 29)
  • Trolls at Sumner Park (June 29)
  • Raising Arizona at Wicker Park (June 29)
  • Sing at  La Villita Park (June 30)
  • Hook at Oz Park (June 30)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 at Wentworth Park (June 30)

July

  • Sing at Senn Playlot Park (July 1)
  • Pete’s Dragon at Seward Park (July 1)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Independence Park (July 2)
  • Captain America: Civil War at Brainerd Park (July 5)
  • Ghostbusters (2016) at Vittum Park (July 5)
  • Ghostbusters (2016) at Bogan Park (July 6)
  • Captain America: Civil War at Rosenblum Park (July 6)
  • National Treasure at Wicker Park (July 6)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse at Meyering Playground Park (July 7)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Moore Park (July 7)
  • Sing at Rutherford Sayre Park (July 7)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Ken-Well Park (July 8)
  • Queen of Katwe at Loyola Park (July 8)
  • Jaws at Oz Park (July 8)
  • The Jungle Book at Bartelme, Mary Park (July 10)
  • Queen of Katwe at Holstein Park (July 10)
  • Apollo 13 at Oakwood Beach (July 10)
  • Rogue One at A. Montgomery Ward Park (July 11)
  • The Peanuts Movie at Beverly Park (July 11)
  • Ovni/UFO at Kilbourn Park (July 12)
  • The Lego Movie at Lincoln Park Cultural Center (July 12)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Sheridan Park (July 12)
  • The Sandlot at Donovan Playground Park (July 13)
  • Finding Dory at Gill Park (July 13)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at  Ogden Park (July 13)
  • Sing at Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center (July 14)
  • Sing at Franklin Park (July 14)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Kenwood Community Park (July 14)
  • Rogue One at Margate Park (July 14)
  • Race at Rainbow Beach & Park (July 14)
  • La La Land at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens (July 15)
  • Madea’s Tough Love at DuSable Museum of African American History (July 15)
  • Toy Story at Horner Park (July 15)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Piotrowski Park (July 16)
  • The Princess Bride at Calumet Park (July 17)
  • Trolls at River Park (July 17)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark at Webster Park (July 17)
  • La La Land at A. Montgomery Ward Park (July 18)
  • The Angry Birds Movie at Dunbar Park (July 18)
  • Zootopia at Park No. 571 (July 18)
  • Finding Dory at Blackhawk Park (July 19)
  • Vengo Volviendo/Here and There at Dvorak Park (July 19)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at La Follette Park (July 19)
  • Monster Trucks at Bessemer Park (July 20)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Senka Park (July 20)
  • Zootopia at Simons Park (July 20)
  • The Wicker Man at Wicker Park (July 20)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Independence Park (July 21)
  • Trolls at Kelly Park (July 21)
  • The Sandlot at Kilbourn Park (July 21)
  • Zootopia at Ronan Park (July 21)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy at Bosley Playground Park (July 22)
  • Sing at Bradley Park (July 22)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016) at Dawes Park (July 22)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Gross Park (July 22)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 at Emmerson Park (July 23)
  • Arrival at Jonquil Playlot Park (July 23)
  • Sing at Calumet Park (July 24)
  • Steel Magnolias at Osterman Beach (July 24)
  • Airplane! at Chicago History Museum (July 25)
  • The Lego Movie at Haas Park (July 25)
  • Big Hero 6 at Maggie Daley Park (July 25)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Mann Park (July 25)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire at Shabbona Park (July 25)
  • Ice Age at Gage Park (July 26)
  • Los Fabulosos Ma Mejores at Hermosa Park (July 26)
  • Finding Dory at Jesse White Community Center (July 26)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo: A Madea Halloween at Austin Town Hall Park (July 27)
  • Captain America at Chase Park (July 27)
  • Moana at Normandy Playground Park (July 27)
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016) at White (Edward H.) Park (July 27)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at at Athletic Field Park (July 28)
  • Sing at Avalon Park (July 28)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo: A Madea Halloween at Oakdale Park (July 28)
  • Moana at Schreiber Playground Park (July 28)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Veteran’s Memorial Park (July 28)
  • A Monster in Paris at Harrison Park (July 29)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Kennicott Park (July 29)
  • Instructions Not Included at Wolfe Playground Park (July 29)
  • Romeo + Juliet at Harold Washington Playlot Park (July 31)

August

  • The Book of Life at Blackhawk Park (August 1)
  • Southside With You Grand Crossing Park (August 1)
  • Beach Blanket Bingo (with Long Haired Hare) at Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center (August 1)
  • Sing at West Lawn Park (August 1)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence at Hamilton Park (August 2)
  • Yo soy un Politico/I am a Politicion at Loyola Park (August 2)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse at Union Park (August 2)
  • Moana at Marquette Park (August 3)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course at Nat King Cole Park (August 3)
  • Jason Bourne at West Pullman Park (August 3)
  • Moana at Green Briar Park (August 4)
  • Fences at Lindblom Park (August 4)
  • Sing at Vittum Park (August 4)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Wildwood Park (August 4)
  • Jason Bourne Woodhull Playground Park (August 4)
  • Moana at Sauganash Park (August 5)
  • Finding Dory at Senn Playlot Park (August 5)
  • August Rush at Winnemac Park (August 5)
  • Hidden Figures at Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center (August 6)
  • Tomboy at Gill Park (August 6)
  • Finding Dory at Chippewa Park (August 7)
  • Home Alone at Oakwood Beach (August 7)
  • The Wiz at South Shore Cultural Center (August 7)
  • Sully at A. Montgomery Ward Park (August 8)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Cragin Park (August 8)
  • Power Rangers at Davis Square Park (August 8)
  • Moana at Roosevelt Park (August 8)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo: A Madea Halloween at Augusta Park (August 9)
  • Hidden Figures at Burnside Park (August 9)
  • Zootopia at Kelly Park (August 9)
  • Los Fabulosos Ma Mejores at Piotrowski Park (August 9)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Commercial Club Playground (August 10)
  • I Am Not Your Negro at DuSable Museum of African American History (August 10)
  • Sing at Pasteur Park (August 10)
  • Finding Dory at Shedd Park (August 10)
  • Sing at Hadiya Pendleton Park (August 11)
  • Hotel Transylvania at Kelly Park (August 11)
  • Finding Dory at Maplewood Playlot Park (August 11)
  • Central Intelligence at Smith (Wendell) Playlot Park (August 11)
  • Moana at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens (August 12)
  • The Sandlot at Stout Park (August 12)
  • Trolls at White (Willye B.) Park (August 12)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Jonquil Playlot Park (August 13)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Northerly Island (August 13)
  • Lean On Me at Calumet Park (August 14)
  • Sing at South Shore Cultural Center (August 14)
  • Almost Christmas at Tilton Park (August 14)
  • The Sandlot at Bell Park (August 15)
  • Big Hero 6 at Hamlin Park (August 15)
  • Hop at Rosedale Park (August 15)
  • The BFG at Bartelme, Mary Park (August 16)
  • Space Jam at Brands Park (August 16)
  • Zootopia at Cotton Tail Park (August 16)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Edgebrook Park (August 17)
  • Rudy at Eugene Field Park (August 17)
  • Frozen at Hoyne Playground Park (August 17)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Washtenaw Park (August 17)
  • Moana at Abbott Park (August 18)
  • La La Land at Independence Park (August 18)
  • Moana at LeClaire Courts-Hearst Community Park (August 18)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Wrightwood Park (August 18)
  • Southside With You DuSable Museum of African American History (August 19)
  • Sing at Unity Playlot Park (August 19)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Walsh Playground Park (August 19)
  • Moana at Jonquil Playlot Park (August 20)
  • Top Hat at Belmont Harbor (August 21)
  • Queen of Katwe at Clarendon Park Community Center (August 21)
  • Rogue One at South Shore Cultural Center (August 21)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at A. Montgomery Ward Park (August 22)
  • City Slickers at Chicago History Museum (August 22)
  • Sing at Haas Park (August 22)
  • Trolls at Lawler Park (August 22)
  • Wall-E at Cotton Tail Park (August 23)
  • The Secret Life of Pets at Graver Park (August 23)
  • Rogue One at McGuane Park (August 23)
  • Field of Dreams at Norwood Park (August 24)
  • Ghostbusters (2016) at Park No. 574 (August 24)
  • Gone in 60 Seconds at Wicker Park (August 24)
  • The Little Mermaid at Athletic Field Park (August 25)
  • Sing at Clark (John) Park (August 25)
  • Trolls at Jensen Park (August 25)
  • Wall-E at Jonquil Playlot Park (August 25)
  • Ghostbusters (2016) at Palmer Park (August 25)
  • The LEGO Batman Movie at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens (August 26)
  • The Wizard of Oz at Oz Park (August 26)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse at Pulaski Park (August 26)
  • The Sandlot at Eckhart Park (August 27)
  • April and the Extraordinary World at A. Montgomery Ward Park (August 28)
  • The Manchurian Candidate at Grant Park: Grove 5 (August 28)
  • Queen of Katwe at South Shore Cultural Center (August 28)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Northerly Island Park (August 29)
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo: A Madea Halloween at Shedd Park (August 29)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Indian Boundary Park and Cultural Center (August 30)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Revere park (August 30)
  • National Treasure at Chase Park (August 31)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Ellis Park (August 31)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Wicker Park (August 31)

September

  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Calumet Park (September 1
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Ping Tom Park (September 1)
  • Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase at Chase Park (September 2)
  • Top Gun at Osterman Beach (September 4)
  • Moana at Hamlin Park (September 7)

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