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Drive-in Movies run Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 11-August 27.
Drive-in Movies run Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 11-August 27.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Screenings run Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 11- 27

The Chicago Park District, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) Chicago Film Office, is expanding its popular Movies in the Parks series to include six drive-in screenings in parks citywide. The free, drive-in movie series is part of the 20th season of Movies in the Parks, which launched on July 27 and features outdoor screenings of current and classic movies every weekday through September 11.  The neighborhood-based series is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks event initiative, which is celebrating its 8th year this summer. The Drive-In movie series is supported by Xfinity, ComEd, and DCASE.

Online pre-registration, available one week prior to each screening, will be required for these free events. The six drive-in screenings will be held in park parking lots, starting August 11 and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday through August 27. Prior to start of the screenings at 8 p.m., parking lots will close for setup by 4 p.m. and reopen for guest entry at 7 p.m. Capacity for these movie locations, chosen based on parking lot size, accessibility and layout, will vary based on parking lot size between 40 and 60 cars per lot.

Chicago is currently in phase four of its “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework, which requires all residents to abide by important guidance, including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to a maximum of 100 fewer persons; staying at home if you feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms.

In accordance with public health official guidelines for safe and healthy interactions in outdoor spaces and attractions, capacity in the viewing area is limited to no more than 100 individuals if group largely remains static (e.g., sitting) and practices social distancing. Park fieldhouses and restrooms will not be available during Movies in the Parks screenings. For Drive-In Movies, guests are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles after parking and throughout the duration of the event. Patrons who need to leave their vehicles will be required to wear a face covering at all times. Each vehicle will be positioned within a 6-feet perimeter and should only contain household members, and/or people who have previously been in close contact with one another. 

Drive-in Movie Schedule:
•    August 11 | 50 vehicle capacity
Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
“Cooley High” at Warren Park

•    August 13 | 60 vehicle capacity
Columbus Park Refectory, Golfers Parking Lot, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.
 “A Wrinkle in Time” at Columbus Park Refectory 

•    August 18 | 40 vehicle capacity
Tarkington Park, 3344 W. 71st St.
“Remember the Titans” at Tarkington Park 

•    August 20 | 50 vehicle capacity
Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
“Akeelah and the Bee” at Riis Park  

•    August 25 | 50 vehicle capacity
Humboldt Park, 1301 N. Humboldt Blvd.
“The Secret Life of Bees” at Humboldt Park Boathouse 

•    August 27 | 60 vehicle capacity
Calumet Park, 9801 S. Ave. G
“The Last Dragon” at Calumet Park

Click here for the Movies in the Parks 2020 schedule.  Admission is free, and all movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Out of an abundance of caution and to limit exposure outside of the vehicles, concessions and popcorn will not be available to attendees.  Patrons can call the Movies in the Parks hotline for daily listings and updated weather-related cancellations at 312-742-1134.

Information is available online at or on the Chicago Park District: Movies in the Parks Facebook page.

For more information about the City’s “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework, and to find industry-specific guidelines, please visit 


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The Chicago Park District has served Chicago residents for more than 85 years.  It is a Gold Medal Award-winning organization, which recognizes excellence in park and recreation management across the nation.  For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertainment programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY. Follow us at facebook/chicagoparkdistrict, on Instagram/chicagoparks and on Twitter @chicagoparks.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For information, visit