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Watch movies on a Fulton Market rooftop this summer

Rooftop Cinema Club is headed back to The Emily Hotel for a second season.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Rooftop season is upon us and if you’re looking for more to do than just eat and drink this summer, you’re in luck—Rooftop Cinema Club is returning to Fulton Market.

The open-air theater perched atop The Emily Hotel (311 N Morgan St) kicks off its second summer season on May 25. Blending a unique moviegoing experience with elevated concessions, a pinch of nostalgia and breathtaking views, Rooftop Cinema Club arrived in Chicago last year to much success. In addition to seeing films, guests can hang out in a spacious lounge area and play tabletop games or snap social-worthy pics from the fifth floor terrace.

Other amenities include a curated craft cocktails list and selection of wine, beer and seltzers so you won’t be parched during screenings. And the sound is delivered through wireless headphones, allowing each person to adjust the volume to their preference. There are two seating types: an adirondack chair for one and a premium adirondack pair for two, located in the center section of the cinema.

Rooftop Cinema Club will host multiple showings a day, featuring hand-picked classics, cult films and recent releases. You can look forward to LGBTQIA+ hits like The Birdcage and Set It Off during Pride Month, and Black Panther and Candyman on Juneteenth to celebrate Black actors and filmmakers. On Tuesdays, the lineups will highlight early 2000s favorites such as Legally Blonde and Drumline. The experience will also be accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers thanks to open caption screenings. Lastly, there will be special themed events held every month that offer a more interactive viewing experience

Ready to book your seats? Tickets for the season go on sale May 10 through the Rooftop Cinema Club website. Showings before 4:30pm are open to all ages—guests must be 18 or over to enter after that time.

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