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Free drive-in screenings join the Movies in the Parks schedule

Parks throughout the city will turn parking lots into drive-in theaters, welcoming 40–60 cars per screening.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Outdoor movie screenings are a longstanding staple of summer in Chicago, and with most theaters currently closed, drive-in movie theaters have been popping up throughout the city. Now the Chicago Park District is getting in on the drive-in craze, announcing a series of six parking lot screenings that will join the previously-announced Movies in the Parks lineup.

Each screening will have a limited capacity and will require advance registration via the Movies in the Parks website, with registration opening one week in advance of each drive-in showing. The parking lots will open to registered attendees at 7pm, with screenings beginning at 8pm. Each car will be assigned a spot with a six-foot perimeter from other vehicles, with guests being asked to stay in their cars during the screenings. According to a release from the Chicago Park District, "park fieldhouses and restrooms will not be available during Movies in the Parks screenings," so you probably shouldn't chug a bottle of water during the movie.

The lineup of movies being shown at these drive-in screenings include classic comedies like Cooley High and The Last Dragon as well as the recent adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Take a look at the complete schedule of Chicago Park District drive-in movies below.

  • August 11 at 7pm
    Cooley High
    Warren Park, 6601 N Western Ave (50-vehicle capacity)

  • August 13
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Columbus Park Refectory, Golfers Parking Lot, 5701 W Jackson Blvd (60-vehicle capacity)

  • August 18
    Remember the Titans
    Tarkington Park, 3344 W 71st St (40-vehicle capacity)

  • August 20
    Akeelah and the Bee
    Riis Park, 6100 W Fullerton Ave (50-vehicle capacity)

  • August 25
    The Secret Life of Bees
    Humboldt Park Boat House, 1301 N Humboldt Blvd (50-vehicle capacity)

  • August 27
    The Last Dragon
    Calumet Park, 9801 S Ave G (60-vehicle capacity)


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