7 Places to See Outdoor Movies in Chicago

While we all love cozying up to Netflix in the comfort of our homes, spending summer evenings under the stars is a must. Luckily, there’s a way to do both! With so many outdoor movie screenings offered in the Chicagoland area this summer, it’s time to ditch your couch and watch your favorite films outdoors.

1. Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Pack a picnic and head to Millennium Park on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 to view acclaimed classics. “Back to the Future,” “Dirty Dancing,” and “The Breakfast Club” are just a few of the fantastic films to be featured in this summer series, which will run weekly from Tuesday, June 23 through Tuesday, September 1. Free admission.

2. Movies in the Parks

With over 240 movie screenings to choose from, everyone will be pleased with this year’s summer movie selections. Hosted by the Chicago Park District, “Movies in the Parks” provides countless weekday and weekend opportunities for friends and families to view films both old and new. Movies begin at dusk. Free admission.

3. McHenry Outdoor Theatre

See two movies for the price of one! Drive out to McHenry, Illinois and enjoy movies, friends, family and food at the McHenry Outdoor Theatre. A plethora of snack options are available at the concession stand. Funds raised by the concession stand keep this drive-in running, so be sure to purchase a snack or two! Gates open at 6:30 pm. Adult tickets are $10 and children 11 and under are $5.

4. Heller Nature Center

Yelp and the Music Institute of Chicago will host a family-friendly concert and film at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park on August 21 at 7p.m. The perfect place for an evening of family fun, come to the Heller Nature Center with your family to enjoy one of the last summer Fridays. Free admission.

5. Starlight Movies in the Park

August is the month to view outdoor films in Evanston. Six movie screenings will occur at six different parks throughout Evanston every Tuesday and Saturday evening at dusk beginning Tuesday, August 4 and ending Saturday, August 22. The final screening will feature “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and all attendees are invited to dress as their favorite superhero. Free admission.

6. ROOF at theWit

Want the outdoor movie experience without sitting on the grass or having to pack a picnic? Head to ROOF, theWit hotel’s rooftop lounge, on Monday evenings to enjoy a drink, dinner and a movie. Running May 25 through September 7, all movies will begin at dusk.

7. Cascade Drive-In

Open seven nights a week, the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago, which first opened in 1961, offers the classic drive-in experience. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. A full service food concession is available for viewers to purchase tasty movie treats.

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