Movie in the Park Events for Families in Chicagoland

Grab some snacks and enjoy these fun family flicks at a park in the city and suburbs.

While we take in those amazing summer nights, why not enjoy the great weather with a concert or a movie outdoors? The Chicago area offers many free and inexpensive 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 Encanto and Luca or classics like Greaseor Footloose, 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 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.

City

Movies at Gallagher Way

June 8, 22; July 6, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 17, 31; Sept. 14, 21, 2022

Music Box Theatre will screen free movies at Gallagher Way. In June, see Mamma Mia! and Josie and the Pussycats. In July, see Dirty Dancing, School of Rock and Pitch Perfect. In August, see Grease, Encanto and Almost Famous. In September, see Selena and Bohemian Rhapsody. Reservations required. 

Chicago Park District: Movies in the Parks

June 14-Aug. 26, 2022 (various dates)

  • Address: Chicago Park locations
  • Cost: Free 

All movie screenings begin at dusk. Movies include Spider-Man: No Way Home, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Mitchells vs The Machines and many more. See the full list of movies.  

Navy Pier ‘Water Flicks’ Summer Film Series

July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022

Enjoy Navy Pier’s popular film series at Polk Bros Park Lake Stage. Great for families to watch together. In July, see My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Encanto and Minari. In August, see My Family Mi Familia, Rent, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Meet the Parents and Are We There Yet? 

Millennium Park Summer Film Series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

July 12-Aug. 30, 2022 (Tuesdays) 

Families can head to Millennium Park for a summer film series. Sit in the pavilion or on the lawn. This year’s theme is, “2022 Year of Chicago Dance” and films are inspired by dance. 

Reel Chi Home Movies at Cornell (Paul) Square Park

July 30, 2022

Enjoy viewing a film screening and storytelling event featuring a collection of archived home movies and original creative performances from BIPOC voices across the south side of Chicago. It is presented by Melanin Voices, in partnership with the South Side Home Movie Project.

Reel Chi Home Movies at Taylor (Robert Rochon) Park

Aug. 20, 2022

Enjoy viewing a film screening and storytelling event featuring a collection of archived home movies and original creative performances from BIPOC voices across the south side of Chicago. It is presented by Melanin Voices, in partnership with the South Side Home Movie Project.

Chicago Onscreen at Park No. 571

Aug. 29, 2022

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Teacher in the Window, Conversations Between Shifts and Ray & the Agave will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen at Grant (Ulysses) Park

Aug. 30, 2022 

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Recovery of the Fallen, Emergence, Room Rodeo, Conversations Between Shifts, Gut Feelings, Don’t Worry About It and Ray & the Agave will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen at Margate Park

Aug. 30, 2022 

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Handpan Journey, Teacher in the Window, and For the Left Hand will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen at Hamlin (Hannibal) Park

Aug. 31, 2022

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Citric, Gut Feelings, Room Rodeo, Change the Name and Daily Bread will be featured at this event. 

Chicago Onscreen at South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse Park

Aug. 31, 2022

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Room Rodeo, Changing the Disciple and It’s Different in Chicago will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen at Hamilton (Alexander) Park

Sept. 1, 2022

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Changing the Disciple, Nuestra Herencia, Change the Name and Encounter Englewood will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen at Wicker (Charles, Joel) Park

Sept. 1, 2022

See the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, which features Chicago-focused and locally-made short and feature-length films. Recovery of the Fallen, Emergence, Room Rodeo, Conversations Between Shifts, Gut Feelings, Don’t Worry About It, and Ray & the Agave will be featured at this event.

Chicago Onscreen Festival at Washington (Harold) Park

Sept. 2-3, 2022

Join the Chicago Park District for their outdoor, two-day, film festival. It will feature dozens of Chicago Films, including the 2022 Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase lineup.

Silent Movie Series at Indian Boundary Park

Sept. 2, Dec. 2, 2022

This series will be accompanied by a live piano performance. The Mark of Zorro (1920) is on June 3. Beloved Rouge (1927) is on Sept. 2. The False Road (1920) is on Dec. 2. For ages 10 and up.

Reel Chi Home Movies at Robichaux (Joseph) Park

Sept. 17, 2022 

Enjoy viewing a film screening and storytelling event featuring a collection of archived home movies and original creative performances from BIPOC voices across the south side of Chicago. It is presented by Melanin Voices, in partnership with the South Side Home Movie Project.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Movie in the Park: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Recreation Park

July 23, 2022 

Enjoy watching the movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with your family at Recreation Park. Bring your own chairs, blankets and movie snacks.

Movie in the Park: The Princess and the Frog at Recreation Park

Sept. 17, 2022

Enjoy watching the movie, The Princess and the Frog with your family at Recreation Park. Bring your own chairs, blankets and movie snacks.

Movies Under the Stars at Willow Stream Park

June 24; July 8, 22, 2022

Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for an outdoor movie screening this summer at Willow Stream Park. Concessions will be available for purchase. See Sing 2 on June 24, Encanto on July 8 and Lucaon July 22. 

South Suburbs

Movie Nights on Village Commons Lawn

June 1-Aug. 10, 2022 (Wednesdays)

Families can enjoy a movie night at Village Commons on the lawn. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. For all ages. 

Movies in the Park: Back to the Future

June 30, 2022

Families can see the classic film, Back to the Future at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Movies in the Park: Raya and the Last Dragon

July 14, 2022

Families can see the movie, Raya and the Last Dragon at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

July 28, 2022

Families can see the movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Western Suburbs

Movies on the Center Green 

June 10-Aug. 26, 2022

Families can enjoy a movie and food trucks at Geneva Commons this summer. Bring a blanket or chair and some snacks. Food trucks will be available in June and July at an extra cost.

Summer Movies in the Park at Cerny Park

June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, 2022

Families can enjoy a movie night at Cerny Park. Movies begin at dusk. There will be concessions available for purchase. See Raya and the Last Dragon on June 16, Footloose on July 21 and Encanto on Aug. 18. 

Movie in the Park at Wilder Park

June 17, 2022

Grab a picnic blanket and join the fun at Wilder Park for a showing of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Movie begins at dusk. 

Movies Under the Stars: Disney’s The Game Plan at Venue 1012

June 23, 2022

Join the Village of Oswego for a free showing of Disney’s The Game Plan. Bring a chair or blanket, buy a snack and soak up some great movies while the stars come out.

Movie in the Park at Wilder Park

July 8, 2022

Grab a picnic blanket and join Elmhurst Park District at Wilder Park for a showing of Disney’s Encanto. Movie begins at dusk. 

Movies Under the Stars: Spiderman: No Way Home at Venue 1012

July 21, 2022

Join the Village of Oswego for a free showing of Spiderman: No Way Home. Bring a chair or blanket, buy a snack and soak up some great movies while the stars come out.

A Night at the Movies at 95th Street Community Plaza

July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 16, 2022

Join the Naperville Park District outdoors for family-friendly movie night at 95th Street Community Plaza. Bring your own folding chairs or a blanket. See Luca on July 29, Jungle Cruise on Aug. 26 and Black Widow on Sept. 16. 

Movie in the Park at Wilder Park

Aug. 5, 2022

Grab a picnic blanket and join Elmhurst Park District at Wilder Park for a showing of Jurassic Park. Movie begins at dusk.

A Night at the Movies at Rotary Hill

Aug. 12, Sept. 9, 2022 

Join the Naperville Park District outdoors for family-friendly movie night at Rotary Hill. Bring your own folding chairs or a blanket. See a Field of Dreams on Aug. 12 and Encanto on Sept. 9. 

Movies Under the Stars: Disney’s LUCA at Venue 1012

Aug. 18, 2022

Join the Village of Oswego for a free showing of Disney’s Luca. Bring a chair or blanket, buy a snack and soak up some great movies while the stars come out.

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