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Photograph: Kate Vogel, courtesy Music Box Theatre

Where to find drive-in movie theaters near Chicago

See a film on the big screen from inside your car at drive-in movie theaters in and around Chicago.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Over the past couple of summers, Chicagoans have reconnected with the romantic summer tradition of the drive-in. While you can definitely grab some popcorn and some buds and still catch the biggest summer movies at the best movie theaters in Chicago or lay out a blanket at one of Chicago's best parks, there's still something to be said for the feeling of pulling up to the big screen, setting up a tailgate-style spread with friends or getting cozy for a unique date at the drive-in.

Most of the drive-in options that have appeared over the past few summers have gone away, so we know this list is a little short, but there's still aa couple options. Whether you want to make the trip to McHenry or see a movie in a Pilsen parking lot, they're worth checking out. Just make sure those windshields are clean.

Drive-in theaters near Chicago

Taking over a parking lot outside of the ChiTown Futbol complex, ChiTown Movies brings the drive-in theater experience to Pilsen. With admission charged by the carload, groups can park and take in blockbusters of years part and concert films projected on a big screen. Tune into the film's audio via FM radio, order concessions from the ChiTown Grille (delivered to your car) and bring a face covering for trips to the indoor restrooms.

2343 South Throop St. $33 per car

Dating back to the 1950s, this drive-in theater has survived through the decades—long enough to become one of the few remaining places dedicated to showing movies outdoors. Gates open no later than 6:30pm each day and tickets are first come, first served, but thankfully the McHenry Outdoor Theater has room for 350 cars. Movies begin at sundown and every night is a double feature of classic films. There are concessions, restrooms and plenty of handwashing stations on-site.

1510 Chapel Hill Rd McHenry, IL. $12, seniors/children $6

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