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Movies in the Parks returns with a shortened summer lineup

Stock up on Junior Mints, pack a blanket and catch an alfresco flick!

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Most of Chicago's regular summer events have been canceled this year, but there's one tradition that seems to work in the age of social distancing. Chicago's fan-favorite Movies in the Parks series forges ahead with an abbreviated lineup and plenty of precaution.

Last night, the Chicago Park District announced that the family-friendly programming would go on this summer, featuring a total of 45 screenings in parks throughout the city. Residents will be able to catch a mix of beloved favorites and new, kid-approved hits—Aladdin (2019), Frozen II and The Lion King (2019) dominate the schedule.

In accordance with guidelines for Phase 4 of Chicago's reopening plan, there will be a capacity limit of no more than 100 people allowed at each screening. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be designated entry and exit points set up at each park, all of which will be equipped with hand sanitizer. It's worth noting that public restrooms will be closed, so take care of business before hunkering down. Like always, admission is free, but don't expect complimentary popcorn this year—you'll have to pack your own snacks before heading out the door.

Take a look at the full lineup of Movies in the Park for 2020, and start stocking up on your favorite movie theater snacks.


Sonic the Hedgehog (Monday, July 13 at 8:15pm, Seward Park)

Aladdin (Tuesday, July 14 at 8:15pm, Cragin Park)

Toy Story (Wednesday, July 15 at 8:15pm, O'Hallaren Park)

Aquaman (Thursday, July 16 at 8:15pm, Austin Town Hall)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Friday, July 17 at 8:15pm, Galewood Park)

Frozen II (Monday, July 20 at 8:15pm, Burnham Park)

Aladdin (Tuesday, July 21 at 8:15pm, Fosco Park)

Frozen II (Wednesday, July 22 at 8:15pm, Green Briar Park)

Aladdin (Thursday, July 23 at 8:15pm, Smith Park)

Toy Story 4 (Friday, July 24 at 8:15pm, Archer Park)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Monday, July 27 at 8:15pm, Bell Park)

The Rookie (Tuesday, July 28 at 8:15pm, Beverly Park)

The Lion King (Wednesday, July 29 at 8:15pm, Taylor-Lauridsen Park)

The Lion King (Thursday, July 30 at 8:15pm, Sauganash Park)

Frozen II (Friday, July 31 at 8:15pm, Rowan Park)


Sonic the Hedgehog (Monday, August 3 at 8:15pm, Kenwood Community Park)

Home (Tuesday, August 4 at 8:15pm, Gill Park)

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Wednesday, August 5 at 8:15pm, Normandy Park)

Moana (Thursday, August 6 at 8:15pm, Commercial Club Playground of Chicago)

Coco (Friday, August 7 at 8:15pm, Athletic Field Park)

The Lion King (Monday, August 10 at 8:15pm, Woodhull Park)

The Lion King (Tuesday, August 11 at 8:15pm, Homan Square Community Center Park)

Scoob! (Wednesday, August 12 at 8:15pm, Paschen Park)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Thursday, August 13 at 8:15pm, West Lawn Park)

Space Jam (Friday, August 14 at 8:15pm, Dvorak Park)

Sing (Monday, August 17 at 8pm, Haas Park)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Tuesday, August 18 at 8pm, Calumet Park)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Wednesday, August 19 at 8pm, Kelly Park)

Toy Story 4 (Thursday, August 20 at 8pm, Peterson Park)

The Lion King (Friday, August 21 at 8pm, Palmer Park)

Selena (Monday, August 24 at 8pm, McKinley Park)

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Tuesday, August 25 at 8pm, Senn Park)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Wednesday, August 26 at 8pm, Lowe Park)

Harriet (Thursday, August 27 at 8pm, Fuller Park)

Frozen II (Friday, August 28 at 8pm, Olympia Park)

Aladdin (Monday, August 31 at 8pm, Mamie-Till Park) 


Just Mercy (Tuesday, September 1 at 8pm, Mandrake Park)

Toy Story 4 (Wednesday, September 2 at 8pm, Schreiber Park)

Avengers: Endgame (Thursday, September 3 at 8pm, Hamilton Park)

Penguins (Friday, September 4 at 8pm, Piotrowski Park)

Wonder Park (Monday, September 7 at 8pm, Wilson Park)

Avengers: Endgame (Tuesday, September 8 at 8pm, Sherwood Park)

Aladdin (Wednesday, September 9 at 8pm, Altgeld Park)

Frozen II (Thursday, September 10 at 8pm, Ken-Well Park)

Toy Story 4 (Friday, September 11 at 8pm, Veterans' Memorial Park)

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