Cruise Out to These Drive-In Movie Theaters in Chicagoland

Catch a movie on the big screen from the comfort of your car at these unique drive-in movie theaters around Chicagoland.

Drive-in movie theaters made a comeback during the COVID-19 pandemic. The retro craze took off, and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon!  

At these drive-in movie theaters near Chicagoland, families can kick back and enjoy a movie on the big screen, all from the comfort of their vehicle. 

Drive-in Theaters near Chicago

Chi-Town Movies

ChiTown Futbol’s ChiTown Movies is open all year long, offering blockbusters and classic movies in Pilsen. Family movies have included Encanto, The Lion King and Shrek. You can also order food and snacks from ChiTown Grille, including classic movie popcorn, kids meals, tacos, margaritas and more.

McHenry Outdoor Theater – Golden Age Cinemas

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. Follow the theater’s Facebook page to see what movies are scheduled to hit the screen next.

Route 34 Drive-In Theatre 

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.


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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.
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