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.

August

  • 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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