You might remember these drive-in movie theaters more fondly as a kid. Drive-in movie theaters allow your family to pack up in a car on a hot night and head out to an outdoor venue where you can see a movie projected on the big screen.
In 2020, these retro theaters made a comeback in Illinois to help keep customers safe while watching some of their favorite movies outside the house again. There were even a few parks and businesses hosting drive-in movie programs.
Will we see more drive-in theaters this summer? Here are some Chicagoland places that still plan to offer this unique experience to families.
- Address: 2343 S. Throop St., Chicago
- Cost: $33 per vehicle
ChiTown Futbol’s ChiTown Movies has been open all year long, offering blockbusters and classic movies in Pilsen. Upcoming family movies include Moana, The Lion King and Guardians of the Galaxy.You can also order food and snacks from ChiTown Grille.
- Address: 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry
- Cost: $12 adult, $6 child, free for ages 3 and under
Cars have been lining up early to enjoy the drive-in movie theater’s double features. Tickets are sold first come, first serve, so we advise to get there early. This drive-in recently opened for the 2021 season, so follow the theater’s Facebook page to see what movies are scheduled to hit the screen next.
- Address: 4468 East 12th Road, Earlville
- Cost: $9 adult, $6 child
This theater is technically out of the Chicago area, but it’s certainly worth the drive if you make it a day trip. Enjoy a drive-in movie after spending the day at nearby Starved Rock State Park. The theater is only open on the weekends and you’ll find upcoming movies on the theater’s Facebook page.
Special Drive-in Events and Programs
Through Oct. 29, 2021
- Address: 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
- Cost: $30 cars, $20 blankets; registration required
Drive in for a movie at one of your favorite indoor play places, Little Beans Cafe. Families will watch kid-friendly movies from the cafe’s parking lot. Upcoming movies include Yes Day, Frozen, Toy Story 4 and more. A few of the movies even include character appearances!
June 19, 2021
- Address: Eisenhower Public Library District, 4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights
- Cost: Free
Motor into the nostalgic days of the outdoor theater as the Eisenhower Public Library District’s parking lot in Harwood Heights is transformed for an in-car screening of Singin’ in the Rain.
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