UrbanMatter’s Guide to Outdoor Movies in Chicago

Grab your blankets and get the popcorn ready – ’cause it’s officially outdoor movie season in Chicago.

Relive the drive-in days of years past by settling in for a good flick – or two, or three – at any of the city’s outdoor film series, taking over your local parks, backyards, and rooftops all summer long.

Here is UrbanMatter’s Guide on where to catch great outdoor movies in Chicago.

 

Movies in the Parks

Outdoor Movie Guide Chicago
Photo Credit: Chicago Parks Facebook

Multiple Locations

Each and every summer, the Chicago Park District puts on an outdoor film series like none other. Featuring over 200 different screenings across some of Chicago’s best outdoor spaces, this year’s lineup includes everything from fan-favorites like West Side Story (SPOILER: still sad about Bernardo, tbh) to crowd-pleasing animated flicks like CoCo, and even a few thrillers like the Hitchcock classic, Rear Window.

See the full 2018 Movies in the Parks schedule below:

 

June

  • Home Alone  – Friday, June 1 at 8 pm @Berger Park
  • Rear Window –  Monday, June 11 at 8 pm @ Belmont Harbor
  • The Martian – Tuesday, June 12 at 8 pm @ Mary Bartelme Park
  • Space Jam  –Wednesday, June 13 at 8 pm @  Kilbourn Park
  • Justice League – Wednesday, June 13 at 8 pm @ Kedvale Park
  • The Color Purple – Thursday, June 14 at 8 pm @Wicker Park
  • Ghostbusters (1984) – Thursday, June 14 at 8 pm @ McKiernan Playground Park
  • Back to the Future – Friday, June 15 at 8 pm @ Brooks Park
  • Wonder – Friday, June 15 at 8 pm, @ Bell Park
  • Wonder Woman – Friday, June 15 at 8 pm @ Homan Square Park
  • Marshall – Saturday, June 16 at 8 pm @ DuSable Museum
  • Wonder Woman – Saturday, June 16 at 8 pm @Winnemac Park
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Saturday, June 16 at 8 pm @ Pulaski Park
  • Paddington 2 – Sunday, June 17 at 8 pm @ Jonquil Playlot Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Sunday, June 17 at 8 pm @ Churchill Field Playlot Park
  • Wonder – Monday, June 18 at 8 pm @West Lawn Park
  • What About Bob? – Monday, June 18 at 8 pm @ Grant Park
  • The Sandlot – Tuesday, June 19 at 8 pm @ Gill Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Tuesday, June 19 at 8 pm @ Montgomery Ward Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Tuesday, June 19 at 8 pm @ Senn Playlot Park
  • The Goonies – Tuesday, June 19 at 8 pm @ Lincoln Park/Chicago History Museum
  • Broche de Oro: Beginnings – Wednesday, June 20 at 8 pm @ Harrison Park
  • Thor: Ragnarok – Wednesday, June 20 at 8 pm @ Grant Park
  • Justice League – Thursday, June 21 at 8 pm @ Altgeld Park
  • Donkey Skin (Peau d’ane) – Thursday, June 21 @ Kathy Osterman Beach
  • Justice League – Thursday, June 21 at 8 pm @ Kedvale Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, June 22 at 8:15 pm @ La Villita Park
  • The Boss Baby – Friday, June 22 at 8 pm @ Franklin Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, June 22 at 8 pm @ Tuley Park
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Friday, June 22 at 8 pm @ Hermitage Park
  • Dirty Dancing – Saturday, June 23 at 8 pm @ Touhy Park
  • West Side Story – Saturday, June 23 at 8 pm @ Kathy Osterman Beach
  • The Emoji Movie – Saturday, June 23 at 8 pm @ Grand Crossing Park
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Monday, June 25 at 8 pm@ Bartelme Park
  • A Raisin in the Sun –Monday, June 25 at 8 pm @ Harold Washington Park
  • Black Panther –Monday, June 25 at 8 pm @ Carver Park
  • Wonder – Tuesday, June 26 at 8 pm @ Horner Park
  • Bread and Tulips (Pane e Tulipani) – Tuesday, June 26 at 8 pm @ Lake Shore Park
  • Trolls –Tuesday, June 26 at 8 pm @ Lincoln Park
  • Hidden Figures –Wednesday, June 27 at 8 pm @ Willye B. White Park
  • Help Me Make it Through the Night (Ayudame a pasar la noche) – Wednesday, June 27 at 8 pm @ Piotrowski Park
  • The Boss Baby – Wednesday, June 27 at 8 pm @ Foster Park
  • Despicable Me 3 – Thursday, June 28 at 8 pm @ Gill Park
  • Wonder Woman – Thursday, June 28 at 8 pm @ Euclid Park
  • The Boss Baby – Thursday, June 28 at 8 pm @ Wentworth
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, June 29 at 8 pm @ Oriole Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, June 29 at 8 pm @ Douglas Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, June 29 at 8 pm @ LeClaire Courts-Hearst Community Park
  • The Perfect Game – Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm @ Oz Park
  • The Notebook –Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm @ Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens
  • Justice League – Saturday, June 30 at 8 pm @ Ellis Park

 

July

  • Grease – Sunday, July 1 at 8 pm @ Eckhart Park
  • The Truman Show – Monday, July 2 at 8 pm @ Oakwood Beach
  • Ghost – Monday, July 2 at 8 pm @ Wicker Park
  • Wonder Woman  – Thursday, July 5 at 8 pm @ Dunbar Park
  • Hidden Figures  – Thursday, July 5 at 8 pm @ Fuller Park
  • Love Songs (Les Chansons d’Amour) – Friday, July 6 at 8 pm @ Holstein Park
  • The Sandlot – Friday, July 6 at 8 pm @ Dunham Park
  • Leap – Friday, July 6 at 8 pm @ La Villita Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Saturday, July 7 at 8 pm @ Oz Park
  • Looney Tunes Cartoon Pack #4 – Saturday, July 7 at 8 pm @ Indian Boundary Park
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Saturday, July 7 at 8 pm @ Kennicott Park
  • Babe – Monday, July 9 at 8 pm @ Calumet Park
  • Back to the Future – Tuesday, July 10 at 8 pm @ Lincoln Park/Chicago History Museum
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – Tuesday, July 10 at 8 pm @ Montgomery Ward Park
  • The Emoji Movie – Tuesday, July 10 at 8 pm @ Webster Park
  • Hidden Figures – Wednesday, July 11 at 8 pm @ Kelvyn Park
  • The Princess Bride – Wednesday, July 11 at 8 pm @ Mary Bartelme Park
  • The Boss Baby – Thursday, July 12 at 8 pm @ Ping Tom Memorial Park
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Thursday, July 12 at 8 pm @ Normandy Playground Park
  • Mrs. Doubtfire – Thursday, July 12 at 8 pm @ Nichols Park
  • Despicable Me 3 – Friday, July 13 at 8 pm @ Gladstone Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, July 13 at 8 pm @ Taylor Park
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Friday, July 13 at 8 pm @ Palmer Park
  • Back to the Future – Saturday, July 14 at 8 pm @ Horner Park
  • Coco – Saturday, July 14 at 8 pm @ Oz Park
  • Wonder Woman – Saturday, July 14 at 8 pm @ Sherwood Park
  • Footloose – Sunday, July 15 at 8:15 pm @ Piotrowski Park
  • Grease – Sunday, July 15 at 8 pm @ Jonquil Park
  • The Emoji Movie – Sunday, July 15 at 8 pm @ Emmerson Park
  • Cars 3 – Monday, July 16 at 8:15 pm @ Skinner Park
  • Space Jam  – Monday, July 16 at 8:15 pm @ Cotton Tail Park
  • 9 to 5 – Monday, July 16 at 8:15 pm @ Kathy Osterman Beach
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Tuesday, July 17 at 8:15 pm @ Park No. 578
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Tuesday, July 17 at 8:15 pm @ Trebes Park
  • Monsters, Inc. – Tuesday, July 17 at 8:15 pm @ Beverly Park
  • La Gota Cine – Wednesday, July 18 at 8:15 pm @ Gage Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  – Wednesday, July 18 at 8:15 pm @ Rosenblum Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Wednesday, July 18 at 8:15 pm @ Brainerd Park
  • Coco – Thursday, July 19 at 8:15 pm @ Arrigo Park
  • Sister Act – Thursday, July 19 at 8:15 pm @ Wicker Park
  • Despicable Me 3 – Thursday, July 19 at 8:15 pm @ Senka Park
  • Tyler Perry’s Boo!  – Friday, July 20 at 8:15 pm @ Amundsen Park
  • Cars 3 – Friday, July 20 at 8:15 pm @ Armour Square Park
  • Lean on Me – Friday, July 20 at 8:15 pm @ Lindblom Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Saturday, July 21 at 8:15 pm @ DuSable Museum
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Saturday, July 21 at 8:15 pm @ Peterson Park
  • Wonder – Saturday, July 21 at 8:15 pm @ Bradley Park
  • Coco – Sunday, July 22 at 8:15 pm @ Chicago Women’s Park & Garden
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi –Sunday, July 22 at 8:15 pm @ Bessemer Park
  • Sing – Monday, July 23 at 8:15 pm @ River Park
  • Ferdinand  – Monday, July 23 at 8:15 pm @ Calumet Park
  • The Wiz – Monday, July 23 at 8:15 pm @ Harold Washington Park
  • The Greatest Showman  –Tuesday, July 24 at 8:15 pm @ Montgomery Ward Park
  • The Boss Baby  – Tuesday, July 24 at 8:15 pm @ Mann Park
  • Zootopia  – Tuesday, July 24 at 8:15 pm @ La Villita Park
  • Home Team (Mi Mundial)  –Wednesday, July 25 at 8:15 pm @ Kilbourn Park
  • Wonder Woman  –Wednesday, July 25 at 8:15 pm @ Heritage Green
  • Yogi Bear  –Wednesday, July 25 at 8:15 pm @ Foster Park
  • Wonder Woman  – Thursday, July 26 at 8:15 pm @ Kells Playground Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  –Thursday, July 26 at 8:15 pm @ Scottsdale Playground Park
  • Wonder – Thursday, July 26 at 8:15 pm @ Wallace Playground Park
  • Coco – Friday, July 27 at 8:15 pm @ Gompers Park
  • The Boss Baby  – Friday, July 27 at 8:15 pm @ Oakdale Park
  • Minions  – Friday, July 27 at 8:15 pm @ Shedd Park
  • Wonder  – Saturday, July 28 at 8:15 pm @ Loyola Park
  • Despicable Me 3  – Saturday, July 28 at 8:15 pm @ Humboldt Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  – Saturday, July 28 at 8:15 pm @ Dawes Park
  • Wonder Woman – Sunday, July 29 at 8:15 pm @ Churchill Field Playlot Park
  • The Chorus (Les Choristes) – Sunday, July 29 at 8:15 pm @ Dvorak Park
  • Sense and Sensibility  – Sunday, July 29 at 8:15 pm @ Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens
  • Finding Dory  – Monday, July 30 at 8:15 pm @ Portage Park
  • Trolls  – Monday, July 30 at 8:15 pm @ Chippewa Park
  • James and the Giant Peach – Monday, July 30 at 8:15 pm @ Oakwood Beach
  • Italo Barocco – Tuesday, July 31 at 8:15 pm @Lincoln Park
  • Moana – Tuesday, July 31 at 8:15 pm @ Fuller Park

 

August

  • Looking for a Boyfriend … for My Wife (Se busca novio … para mi mujer) – Wednesday, Aug 1 at 8:15 pm @ Harrison Park
  • Coco – Wednesday, Aug 1 at 8:15 pm @ Merrimac Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Wednesday, Aug 1 at 8:15 pm @ Ridge Park
  • Wonder Woman – Thursday, Aug 2 at 8:15 pm @ Margate Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Thursday, Aug 2 at 8:15 pm @ Austin Town Hall Park
  • Coco – Thursday, Aug 2 at 8:15 pm @ Marquette Park
  • Coco – Thursday, Aug 2 at 8:15 pm @ Green Briar Park
  • Justice League  – Friday, Aug 3 at 8:15 pm @ Nat King Cole Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Friday, Aug 3 at 8:15 pm @ Dvorak Park
  • The Boss Baby  – Saturday, Aug 4 at 8:15 pm @ Abbott Park
  • Wonder Woman – Saturday, Aug 4 at 8:15 pm @ Oz Park
  • Justice League  –Saturday, Aug 4 at 8:15 pm @ O’Halloren Park
  • Sing  –Sunday, Aug 5 at 8:15 pm @ Jonquil Park
  • Black Panther – Sunday, Aug 5 at 8:15 pm @ Hamilton Park
  • The Boss Baby – Sunday, Aug 5 at 8:15 pm @ Chippewa Park
  • Inside Out – Monday, Aug 6 at 8:15 pm @ Lake Shore Park
  • Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) – Monday, Aug 6 at 8:15 pm @ Calumet Park
  • The Post – Tuesday, Aug 7 at 8:15 pm @ Montgomery Ward Park
  • Selena – Tuesday, Aug 7 at 8:15 pm @ Cragin Park
  • Wonder Woman – Tuesday, Aug 7 at 8:15 pm @ Augusta Park
  • Southern Winds (Vientos del Sur – Wednesday, Aug 8 at 8:15 pm, @ Loyola Park
  • Coco – Wednesday, Aug 8 at 8:15 pm @ Simons Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Wednesday, Aug 8 at 8:15 pm @ Sherman Park
  • The Associate  – Thursday, Aug 9 at 8:15 pm @ Wicker Park
  • Black Panther – Thursday, Aug 9 at 8:15 pm @ Skinner Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  –Thursday, Aug 9 at 8:15 pm @ Burnside Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  –Friday, Aug 10 at 8:15 pm @ Galewood Park
  • The Sandlot  –Friday, Aug 10 at 8:15 pm @ Mayfair Park
  • Coco  – Friday, Aug 10 at 8:15 pm @ Veterans’ Memorial Park
  • The Incredibles  – Saturday, Aug 11 at 8:15 pm @ Museum of Science and Industry
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  – Saturday, Aug 11 at 8:15 pm @ Jensen Park
  • The Secret Life of Pets  – Sunday, Aug 12 at 8:15 pm @ Walsh Park
  • Bringing Up Baby  – Monday, Aug 13 at 8 pm @ Belmont Harbor
  • Back to the Future  – Monday, Aug 13 8:15 pm @ Webster Park
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.  – Monday, Aug 13 at 8:15 pm @ South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse
  • Clue  – Tuesday, Aug 14 at 8:15 pm @ Lincoln Park
  • Moana  – Tuesday, Aug 14 at 8:15 pm @ Kells Playground Park
  • Red Tails  – Tuesday, Aug 14 at 8:15 pm @ Grant Park
  • Looking for a Boyfriend… For My Wife (Se busca novio… para mi mujer)  – Wednesday, Aug 15 at 8:15 pm @ Hermosa Park
  • Ferdinand  – Wednesday, Aug 15 at 8:15 pm @ Hamlin Park
  • The LEGO Batman Movie  – Wednesday, Aug 15 at 8:15 pm @ Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park
  • Field of Dreams  –Thursday, Aug 16 at 8 pm @ Mary Bartelme Park
  • Black Panther  – Thursday, Aug 16 at 8 pm @ Clarendon Park Community Center
  • The Fate of the Furious  – Thursday, Aug 16 at 8 pm @ West Pullman Park
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming  –Friday, Aug 17 at 8 pm @ John Clark Park
  • Coco  – Friday, Aug 17 at 8 pm @ Maggie Daley Park
  • Spark: A Space Tail  – Friday, Aug 17 at  8pm @ Revere Park
  • Roman Holiday – Saturday, Aug 18 at 8 pm @ Churchill Field Playlot Park
  • Black Panther  –Saturday, Aug 18 at 8 pm @ DuSable Museum
  • Sing  – Saturday, Aug 18 at 8 pm @ Sauganash Park
  • Wonder  –Sunday, Aug 19 at 8 pm @ Unity Playlot Park
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi  – Sunday, Aug 19 at 8 pm @ Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens
  • Wonder Woman  –Monday, Aug 20 at 8 pm @ South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse
  • Sunset Boulevard  –Monday, Aug 20 at 8 pm @ Kathy Osterman Beach
  • Moana – Monday, Aug 20 at 8 pm @ Rowan Park
  • Coco –Monday, Aug 20 at 8 pm @ Montgomery Ward Park
  • Coco  – Monday, Aug 20 at 8 pm @ Lawler Park
  • A Dog’s Purpose  – Tuesday, Aug 21 at 8 pm @ McKinley Park
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi  – Wednesday, Aug 22 at 8 pm @ Union Park
  • Wonder Woman  –Wednesday, Aug 22 at 8 pm @ Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens
  • Coco  – Wednesday, Aug 22 at 8 pm @ Kedvale Park
  • A Dog’s Purpose –Thursday, Aug 23 at 8 pm @ Frank J. Wilson Park
  • Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud  –Thursday, Aug 23 at 8 pm @ DuSable Museum
  • Hidden Figures  – Thursday, Aug 23 at 8 pm @ Fosco Park
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi  –Friday, Aug 24 at 8 pm @Wrightwood Park
  • Hidden Figures  –Friday, Aug 24 at 8 pm @ Garfield Park
  • The LEGO Batman Movie  – Friday, Aug 24 at 8:15 pm @ Cornell Square Park
  • Coco  – Saturday, Aug 25 at 8 pm @ Kosciuszko Park
  • Cars 3  – Saturday, Aug 25 at 8 pm @ Wolfe Playground Park
  • Mary Poppins  –Sunday, Aug 26 at 8 pm @ Jonquil Park
  • Brave  – Sunday, Aug 26 at 8 pm @ Hoyne Park
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  – Monday, Aug 27 at 8 pm @ South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse
  • Jurassic Park  – Monday, Aug 27 at 8 pm @ Grant Park

 

September

  • Ferdinand  – Friday, Sept 7 at 8 pm @ Ronan Park
  • The King and the Mockingbird (L Roi et L’Oiseau)  – Friday, Sept 7 at 8 pm @ Winnemac Park
  • Black Panther  – Monday, Sept 10 at 8 pm @ South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse
  • Space Jam  – Wednesday, Sept 12 at 8 pm @ Davis Square Park

 

Movie Mondays at theWit

Outdoor Movies Chicago
Photo Credit: ROOF on theWit

ROOF at theWit, 201 N State St, the Loop

Catch some of your favorite films with a skyline view at this summertime outdoor film festival in the Loop starting in June.

See the full schedule below:

  • June 4 – Black Panther
  • June 25 – Pulp Fiction
  • July 2 – Molly’s Game
  • July 23 – Dirty Dancing
  • July 30 – Ready Player One
  • August 13 – Pretty Woman
  • August 20 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • August 27 – I, Tonya
  • September 10 – Blues Brothers

 

Movies at Gallagher Way

Outdoor Movies
Photo Credit: Gallagher Way Instagram

Gallagher Way, 367 N Clark, Lakeview 

Formally known as the Park at Wrigley, Gallagher Way – the new green space right outside of Wrigley Field – is hosting a stellar summer outdoor film series with the Music Box Theater. With everything from sports classics like A League of Their Own to long-time favs like Top Gun, there’s no better way to spend a warm summer night. Well except maybe at a Cubs game, that is.

See the full schedule below:

  • May 16 – A Leauge of Their Own
  • May 30 – The Fugitive
  • June 13 – The Mighty Ducks
  • June 27 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • July 11 – Home Alone
  • July 18 – Twister
  • August 8 – Grease
  • August 22 – Space Jam
  • September 5 – Top Gun
  • September 19 – Back to the Future

 

Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Outdoor Movies Chicago
Photo Credit: MP Film Series

Millennium Park, the Loop

Head to Millennium Park for an absolutely massive outdoor movie fest, taking over downtown June through August.

See the full schedule below:

  • June 5 – Hairspray
  • June 12 – Mad Max: Fury Road 
  • June 19 – Kinky Boots
  • July 3 – High Fidelity
  • July 9 @ 11 am – Iron Giant 
  • July 10 – Man on Wire
  • July 17 – International Media Mixer
  • DOUBLE FEATURE: July 31 – WALL-E and Crash  
  • August 7 – School of Rock
  • August 14 – CoCo
  • August 21 – Slumdog Millionaire

 

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