Every Free Kid-Friendly Outdoor Movie Playing This Summer

Grab some snacks and enjoy these fun family flicks in Chicagoland.

While we take in those amazing summer nights, why not enjoy the great weather with a free movie outdoors? The Chicago area offers many free outdoor movie programs and we made it easier for you by rounding up kid-friendly movies to see all summer long.

Whether you want to watch new animated movies like Tom & Jerry and Raya and the Last Dragon or classics like Elf or The Goonies, there are plenty of movies for the whole family to enjoy. A quick heads up — we did select a few PG-13 movies for parents with tweens and teens, so please take a look at each movie’s rating to decide if it’s appropriate for your kiddos.

Keep scrolling to find the best free outdoor movies near you. Don’t forget to grab a few blankets and delicious snacks before heading down to these screenings!

Note: Free screenings can change at the last minute, so ALWAYS check the location first before heading out.

READ MORE: Drive-In Movie Theaters in Chicagoland


Chicago Park District: Movies in the Parks

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

North Side

  • July 10 (Paschen Park): Imagine That
  • July 16 (Oz Park): Babe
  • July 17 (Gladstone Park): Tom & Jerry
  • July 17 (Winnemac Park): Wonder Woman 1984
  • July 24 (Osterman Beach): Dirty Dancing
  • July 30 (Indian Boundary Park): Duck Soup
  • July 31 (Lake Shore Park): Hidden Figures
  • Aug. 6 (Norwood Park): The Karate Kid
  • Aug. 7 (Loyola Park): A Wrinkle in Time
  • Aug. 13 (Eugene Field Park): Playing with Fire
  • Aug. 14 (Lake Shore Park): Casablanca
  • Aug. 20 (Haas Park): Shrek
  • Aug. 28 (Mary Bartelme Park): Clueless
  • Sept. 10 (Kosciuszko Park): Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Sept. 11 (Oz Park): 42

South Side

  • July 9 (Jesse Owens Park): Jumanji: The Next Level
  • July 10 (Douglass Park): The High Note
  • July 16 (Lowe Playground Park): Tom & Jerry
  • July 23 (Dawes Park): Trolls World Tour
  • July 24 (Calumet Park): Toy Story 4
  • July 31 (Park No. 540): Wonder Woman 1984
  • Aug. 6 (Rowan Park): Aladdin (2019)
  • Aug. 7 (Veteran’s Memorial Park): Trolls World Tour
  • Aug. 14 (Big Marsh Park): Black Panther
  • Aug. 20 (Palmer Park): Aladdin (2019)
  • Aug. 21 (Hamilton Park): Dolittle
  • Aug. 27 (Nat King Cole Park): Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Aug. 28 (Big Marsh Park): Jumanji: The Next Level

West Side

  • July 9 (Amundsen Park): The Greatest Showman
  • July 23 (Commercial Club Playground): Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • July 30 (Austin Town Hall Park): Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Aug. 21 (Eckhart Park): Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Aug. 27 (La Villita Park): The Croods: A New Age
  • Sept. 10 (Commercial Club Playground): Trolls World Tour
  • Sept. 11 (Eckhart Park): The Secret Life of Pets

Movies at Gallagher Way

Music Box Theatre will screen free movies at Gallagher Way, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. 

  • July 14: Wonder Woman
  • July 21: D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • Aug. 4: Men in Black
  • Aug. 18: Bring It On
  • Sept. 1: Beetlejuice
  • Sept. 15: Dumb and Dumber
  • Sept. 29: Hocus Pocus

Water Flicks at Navy Pier

All the movies begin at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

  • July 12: 42
  • July 19: The Mighty Ducks
  • Aug. 2: Creed

North/Northwest Suburbs

Arlington Heights Park District: Movies in the Park

Movies take place at Recreation Park. Times vary, check website for more details.

  • July 23: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Sept. 17: The Princess and the Frog

Buffalo Grove Park District: Movies Under the Stars

Movies take place on Fridays at Willow Stream Park. Each movie will begin when it’s dark out.

  • June 11: The Croods: A New Age
  • July 9: Trolls World Tour
  • July 23: Raya and the Last Dragon

Starlight Movies in the Park (Evanston)

Movies begin at dusk. Please check its website for exact locations. 2021 movie schedule coming soon.

South Suburbs

Midweek Movies on the Village Green

For the first Wednesday of the month through October, you can enjoy a family movie on the Village Green.

  • June 2: The Croods: A New Age
  • July 7: Elf
  • Aug. 4: TBA
  • Sept. 1: TBA
  • Oct. 6: TBA

Movie Night (New Lenox)

Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Village Commons.

  • June 16: Abominable
  • June 23: Black Panther
  • June 30: Toy Story 4
  • July 7: Trolls World Tour
  • July 14: Moana
  • July 21: Ghostbusters (1984)
  • July 28: Frozen II
  • Aug. 4: Cars
  • Aug. 11: Tom & Jerry

Tinley Park Park District: Movies in the Park

Movies begin on dusk on Wednesdays at Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Band Shell.

  • July 8: Aladdin (2019)
  • July 22: Star Wars: A Force Awakens
  • Aug. 5: The Sandlot

READ MORE: New Movies Coming Out in 2021

Western Suburbs

Elmhurst Park District: Movie in the Park

Movies begin at dusk at Wilder Park.

  • June 18: The Croods: A New Age
  • July 9: The Goonies
  • Aug. 6: Raya and the Last Dragon

Movies on The Lawn at Oakbrook Center

Movies will take place on Wednesdays at The Lawn, near Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret.

  • June 30: Playing with Fire
  • July 7: Frozen II
  • July 14: A Dog’s Journey
  • July 28: Legally Blonde
  • Aug. 4: Trolls: World Tour
  • Aug. 11: Maleficent
  • Aug. 18: The Lion King
  • Aug. 25: The Blind Side
  • Sept. 1: Toy Story

Naperville Park District Presents A Night at the Movies

Movie times and locations vary. Please check the website for details.

  • July 23: The Croods: A New Age
  • July 30: The Goonies
  • Aug. 27: Wall-E
  • Sept. 3: Moana
  • Sept. 17: TBA

Warrenville Park District: Summer Movies in the Park

At Cerny Park, seating opens at 8 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Pre-packaged concessions will also be available for sale.

  • June 17: The Goonies
  • July 15: The Lion King
  • July 22: Coco
  • Aug. 12: Up
  • Aug. 19: Grease

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