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The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Movies in the Parks

Sorted by neighborhood and genre, for your browsing pleasure

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing at six parks throughout the city this summer.   Photo: Courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm

There’s much to love about the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Park program: They’re (mostly) kid friendly, free for your viewing pleasure, and spread throughout the city all summer. If you don’t mind coating yourself in bug spray or sitting blanket-to-blanket with your fellow Chicagoans this summer, you can choose from more that 250 outdoor screenings of your favorite films.

You have 19 opportunities to see the middling Jurassic World (2015) and unfortunately only one opportunity to see Jurassic Park (1993)its three-time Oscar-winning predecessor. Parents everywhere, be advised: Frozen is on the docket and it’s playing only once.

The 16th annual series kicks off this week and runs through September 5. We organize them by genre and neighborhood, to make it easy for you to find the perfect fit. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. So, grab a picnic blanket and some snacks and head outside.

For a complete listing visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.

For the Disney kid in you

Aladdin (1992)

  • East Side (9801 S. Ave. G, Mon. 7/25)

Up (2009)

  • Rogers Park (7348 N. Paulina St., Wed. 7/27)
  • Norwood Park (5430 N. Olcott Ave., Wed. 8/10)

Frozen (2013)

  • Montclare (3020 N. Oak Park Ave., Wed. 8/17)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

  • Portage Park (6343 W. Irving Park Rd., Wed. 8/17)

Finding Nemo (2003)

  • South Loop (44 W. 15th St., Mon. 8/22)

Inside Out (2015)

  • Logan Square (1640 N.Maplewood Ave., Fri 7/15)
  • Rogers Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., Sat 7/16)
  • East Garfield Park (3201 W. Chicago Ave., Tue 7/19)
  • Austin (5085 W. Adams St., Thurs. 7/21)
  • Ravenswood (5100 N. Francisco Ave., Mon. 8/1)
  • Montclare (6871 W. Belden Ave., Wed. 8/3)
  • Dunning (6935 W. Addison St., Wed. 8/3)
  • Lincoln Park (1919 N. Seminary Ave. Thurs. 8/4)
  • Chicago Lawn (6743 S. Kedzie Ave. Tues. 8/9)
  • Bronzeville (535 E. 35th St. Sat. 8/13)
  • Pilsen (1119 W. Cullerton St. Mon. 8/15)
  • Logan Square (2636 N. Kimball Ave. Sat. 8/20)
  • Clearing (5210 W. 64th St. Tues. 8/23)
  • Lake View (1230 W. School St., Fri. 8/26)
  • South Deering (2820 E. 98th St. Sat., 8/27)

Zootopia (2016)

  • West Rogers Park (6748 N. Sacramento Ave., Mon. 7/18)
  • Belmont Cragin (6100 W. Fullerton Ave. Fri 8/5)
  • Brighton Park (2725 W. 41st St., Tues. 8/16)
  • South Loop (1801 S. Indiana Ave., Sat. 8/20)
  • Irving Park (3546 W. Addison St., Fri. 8/26)
  • Bucktown (2200 N. Oakley Ave., Mon. 8/29)

Laugh-out-loud non-Disney animations

Rio (2011)

  • West Loop (115 S. Sangamon St., Wed. 6/15)

Despicable Me (2010)

  • Albany Park (3000 W. Argyle St., Fri. 7/1)

The Lego Movie (2014)

  • Loop (337 E. Randolph St., Sun. 6/26)
  • Lake View (825 W. Sheridan Rd., Thurs. 8/4)
  • Albany Park (4650 N. Lawndale Ave., Fri. 8/26)

Young adult best sellers turned multi-million dollar blockbusters

Insurgent (2015)

  • Uptown (4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Fri 8/5)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 (2015)

  • Garfield Ridge (5120 W. 44th St., Sun. 6/26)
  • Englewood (513 W. 72nd St., Wed. 7/20)
  • West Pullman (401 W. 123rd St., Fri. 8/12)

Critic darlings

The Martian (2015)

  • Garfield Ridge (5625 S. Mobile Ave., Thurs. 6/30)
  • Dunning (6935 W. Addison St., Wed. 7/6)
  • Gold Coast (808 N. Lake Shore Dr., Sun. 7/17)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

  • Hyde Park (5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Wed. 6/15)
  • West Town (1419 W. Blackhawk St., Sat. 6/18)
  • Sauganash (5861 N. Kostner Ave., Sat. 6/18)
  • Irving Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave., Wed 6/22)
  • Auburn Gresham (1440 W. 84th St., Mon 7/25)
  • Bucktown (1722 N. Ashland Ave., Tues. 7/26)

Bridge of Spies (2015)

  • River North (630 N. Kingsbury St., Tues. 8/2)

Unnecessary sequels/remakes that are still worth seeing

Terminator Genisys (2015)

  • Chatham (8223 S. Princeton Ave., Fri., 6/17)

The Karate Kid (2010)

  • North Lawndale (3559 W. Arthington St., Fri. 7/1)

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

  • Austin (1333 N. Laramie Ave. Thurs. 7/14)

Furious 7 (2015)

  • Little Village (2800 S. Sacramento Blvd, Sat. 6/18)
  • Grand Crossing (7655 S. Ingleside Ave., Tues. 8/2)

For some feel-good action and/or cheese (and iconic one-liners)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

  • Lincoln Park (2021 N. Burling St., Fri. 7/8)
  • North Center (2509 W. Irving Park Rd., Fri. 7/22)
  • Edgebrook (6525 N. Hiawatha Ave. Fri. 8/19)

The Fugitive (1993)

  • Lincoln Park, Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St. Tue. 7/12)

Jurassic World (2015)

  • Humboldt Park (4134 W. Hirsch St., Tue. 6/14)
  • Little Village (3660 W. 23rd St., Fri. 6/17)
  • Back of the Yards (5203 S. Lowe Ave., Thurs. 6/30)
  • Brainerd (1246 W. 92nd St. Wed. 7/6)
  • Near West Side (2106 W. Adams St. Wed. 7/13)
  • South Loop (1700 S. Wentworth Ave. Fri. 7/15)
  • Washington Heights (965 W. 95th St., Thurs. 7/21)
  • Irving Park (3546 W. Addison St., Fri. 7/29)
  • Clearing (5940 S. Central Ave., Thurs. 8/4)
  • Roseland (201 E. 111th St., Fri., 8/5)
  • Auburn Gresham (1440 W. 84th St. Wed. 8/10)
  • South Chicago (8930 S. Muskegon Ave., Thurs. 8/11)
  • Garfield Ridge (5010 W. 50th St., Fri. 8/12)
  • Ravenswood (5100 N. Leavitt St., Sat. 8/13)
  • East Side (3325 E. 108th St., Sun. 8/14)
  • Hyde Park (5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Wed. 8/17)
  • Englewood (5727 S. Racine Ave., Thurs. 8/18)
  • Lincoln Park (2534 N. Greenview Ave., Thurs. 8/18)
  • Austin (5610 W. Lake St., Fri. 8/19)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

  • Austin (500 S. Central Ave. Sat. 8/6)  

Spectre (2015)

  • Park Manor (7140 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Fri. 7/8).

Jurassic Park (1993)

  • Lincoln Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., Sun. 7/17)

Movies you probably owned on VHS

The Goonies (1985)

  • Rogers Park (7340 N. Rogers Ave., Tue. 6/14)
  • Irving Park (3546 W. Addison St., Fri 6/24)
  • Rogers Park (7348 N. Paulina St., Sat. 6/25)
  • Edison Park(7100 N. Harlem Ave., Sun 8/7)  

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  • Lincoln Park, Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., Wed. 6/15)
  • Dunning (8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr., Sun. 7/17)
  • South Loop (1357 S. Indiana Ave., Mon. 8/1)
  • Jefferson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Thurs. 8/25)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

  • Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Ave., Thurs. 6/30)

The Sandlot (1993)

  • Lincoln Park (2021 N. Burling St., Sat. 6/25)
  • Albany Park (5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., Fri. 7/8)
  • West Loop (115 S. Sangamon St., Tues. 7/19)

Jumanji (1995)

  • Lincoln Park (2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Wed. 6/29)
  • South Shore (7059 S. South Shore Dr., Mon. 8/22)

If your vices include show tune medleys and Olivia Newton-John

Grease (1978)

  • Irving Park (3945 N. Springfield Ave., Fri. 7/15)
  • River North (630 N. Kingsbury St., Tues. 7/26)
  • Ravenswood (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Tues. 8/2)

West Side Story (1961)

  • Hyde Park (5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Mon., 8/8)

For Marvelous superheroes and excessive visual effects

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  • Lincoln Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., Sun. 8/28)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

  • Ravenswood (2708 W. Lawrence Ave. Sat. 6/18)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

  • Jefferson Park (5421 N. Menard Ave., Fri. 6/17)
  • Back of the Yards (4430 S. Marshfield Ave., Tues. 6/21)

Ant-Man (2015)

  • Auburn Gresham (8335 S. Honore St., Fri. 7/15)
  • Pilsen (1824 S. Wood St., Thurs. 7/28)
  • Lawndale (4320 W. 15th St., Fri. 8/26)

Run, don’t walk, if you haven’t already seen…

Vertigo (1958)

  • Lake View (3200 N. Lake Shore Dr., Mon. 6/13)

Back to the Future (1985)

  • Edison Park (7100 N. Harlem Ave., Thurs. 6/23)

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar (1995)

  • Near North Side (5800 N. Lake Shore Dr., Fri. 6/24)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • River North (630 N. Kingsbury St., Tues. 6/28)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  • South Loop (1801 S. Indiana Ave., Tues. 7/26)

Jaws (1975)

  • Lincoln Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., Sun. 8/14)

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) 

  • Bronzeville (3100 S. Lake Shore Dr., Mon. 8/15)

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