Every Free Kid-Friendly Outdoor Movie Playing This Summer

Who doesn’t love watching free movies outdoors? The Chicagoland area offers plenty of kid-friendly films this summer for the whole family to enjoy. Grab a few blankets and delicious snacks before heading down to any of the following screenings. 

Note: Free screenings can change at the last minute, so ALWAYS check the location first before heading out. Due to COVID-19, please visit these screenings with extra caution and practice good social distancing practices to help protect yourself and others. If you’re looking for a safer activity, check out our list of drive-in movie theaters near Chicago.  


Water Flicks (Navy Pier) 

All the movies begin at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. Outlined socially distanced circles have been installed on the lawns to ensure guest safety.

Monday, July 27: Frozen 2

Monday, Aug. 3: Crazy Rich Asians

Monday, Aug. 10: Casablanca

Monday, Aug. 17: Coco

Monday, Aug. 24: Cool Runnings

Chicago Park District (Various Locations) 

All movie screenings begin at dusk. Weekend movies are only featured below. To see the entire schedule, visit ChicagoParkDistrict.com.

North Side

Monday, July 27: Sonic the Hedgehog (Bell Park)

Thursday, July 30: The Lion King (2019) (Sauganash Park)

Tuesday, Aug. 4: Home (Gill Park)

Thursday, Aug. 6: Moana (Commercial Club Playground)

Friday, Aug. 7: Coco (Athletic Field Park)

Wednesday, Aug. 13: Scoob! (Paschen Park)

Monday, Aug. 17: Sing (Haas Park)

Thursday, Aug. 20: Sonic The Hedgehog (Peterson Park)

Tuesday, Aug. 24: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Senn Playlot Park)

Friday, Aug. 28: Frozen II (Olympia Park)

Wednesday, Sept. 2: Toy Story 4 (Schreiber Playground Park)

Monday, Sept. 7: Wonder Park (Wilson [Frank J.] Park)

Thursday, Sept. 10: Frozen II (Ken-Well Park)

South Side

Friday, July 24: Toy Story 4 (Archer Park)

Tuesday, July 28: The Rookie (Beverly Park)

Wednesday, July 29: The Lion King (2019) (Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park)

Friday, July 31: Frozen II (Rowan Park)

Monday, Aug. 3: Sonic The Hedgehog (Kenwood Community Park)

Wednesday, Aug. 5: Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Normandy Playground Park)

Monday, Aug. 10: The Lion King (2019) (Woodhull Playground Park)

Thursday, Aug. 13: Dora and the Lost City of Gold (West Lawn Park)

Friday, Aug. 14: Space Jam (Dvorak Park)

Tuesday, Aug. 18: Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Abbott Park)

Wednesday, Aug. 19: Sonic the Hedgehog (Kelly Park)

Friday, Aug. 21: The Lion King (2019) (Palmer Park)

Monday, Aug. 24: Selena (McKinley Park)

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Sonic The Hedgehog (Lowe Playground Park)

Thursday, Aug. 27: Harriet (Fuller Park)

Monday, Aug. 31: Aladdin (2019) (Mamie Till-Mobley Park)

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Just Mercy (Mandrake Park)

Thursday, Sept. 3: Avengers: Endgame (Hamilton Park)

Tuesday, Sept. 8: Avengers: Endgame (Sherwood Park)

Friday, Sept. 11: Toy Story 4 (Veteran’s Memorial Park)

West Side

Tuesday, Aug. 11: The Lion King (2019) (Homan Square Park)

Friday, Sept. 4: Penguins (Piotrowski Park)

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Aladdin (2019) (Altgeld Park)


Starlight Movies in the Park (Evanston)

Movies begin at dusk. Please check their website for exact locations. 

Tuesday, Aug. 4: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

Saturday, Aug. 8: Just Mercy

Tuesday, Aug. 11: Yesterday

Saturday, Aug. 15: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tuesday, Aug. 18: Jumanji: The Next Level

Naperville Park District Presents A Night at the Movies

Please check their website for movie times and locations. 

Friday, July 24: Toy Story 4

Friday, July 31: Frozen II

Friday, Aug. 21: Wonder

Friday, Sept. 11: Captain Marvel

Movie Under the Stars (Buffalo Grove)

Friday, July 31: Toy Story 4

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This article originally published on June 5, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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