8 Drive-in Holiday Movies Near Chicago

You might remember these drive-in movie theaters more fondly as a kid. Now, they’ve made a comeback in Illinois and a few parks and businesses are even hosting drive-in movie programs this year, letting families watch movies from the comfort of the car. For December, you can expect lots of holiday fun at these drive-in movie events.

Theaters

Chicago Drive-In

Outside of SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Chicago families can pull up in front of the 70-foot screen to see their favorite movies. For the holidays, the drive-in movie theater pop-up will show many family classics including The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Chi-Town Movies

ChiTown Futbol’s ChiTown Movies is screening more movies with more holiday flair. Drive in to watch movies like Home Alone and The Santa Clause and drop a note for Santa on their Candy Cane Lane. You can also buy concessions and enjoy some hot cocoa or mulled wine.

Events

Miracle on West Madison

Dec 4-5, 9-13, 16-20, 23-24

Guests will experience a holiday-style movie experience, enhanced with twinkling decor and appearances by The Grinch, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and many other favorite characters. Watch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and other family classics during the 1.5-hour, family-friendly experience.

December to Remember Drive-In Movies

Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

Enjoy dinner and a holiday movie without leaving your car. Holiday flicks will play weekends through the month and pizza can be ordered to your car. Movies include Nightmare Before Christmas, Frozen, and A Christmas Story.

Holly Jolly Drive-In

Dec. 4-6, 9-13, 16-24

  • Address: 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
  • Cost: $75 per vehicle

Guests will experience a holiday-style movie experience, enhanced with twinkling decor and appearances by The Grinch, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and many other favorite characters. Watch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and other family classics during the 1.5-hour, family-friendly experience.

Music Box Christmas at the Drive-In

Dec. 11-13, Dec. 17-24

For 2020, the Music Box Christmas Shows will be shifting venues from the Music Box Theatre to the Chi-Town Movies Drive-In for screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Come enjoy these classic Christmas films plus a prerecorded version of its Christmas Sing-A-Long.

Drive-In Holiday Movie: Elf

Dec. 12

Enjoy a drive-in showing of holiday film Elf in the outer AMC parking lot at Hawthorn Mall. Preregistration is required and guests are asked to remain in their vehicles. Spaces in the parking lot will fill on a first-come, first-served basis, no walk-ins allowed.

Socially Distanced Chanukah Party

Dec. 13

Enjoy a drive-in movie (Back to the Future) along with a group sing-along and Hanukkah candle lighting, which will take place in a socially distanced manner. Raffles/prizes and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.


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This article originally published on June 9, 2020. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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