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In accordance with the City of Chicago's Be Safe Chicago plan to gradually and safely reopen the city, the Chicago Park District will implement the following safety guidelines and expectations for all patrons and staff participating in Movies in the Parks screenings at all locations this summer. We are excited to bring movies back to our parks, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep you and your neighbors safe and healthy in our parks. 

For Drive-In Movie Guidelines, click HERE.

Viewing Areas and Crowd Capacities

WHAT: Things will look a little different onsite at our movies this summer. At each Movies in the Parks screening a "Viewing Area" will be outlined on the park lawn by a rope border. 

WHY: Defining a viewing area like this allows us to closely monitor crowd size and safety conditions to ensure we are abiding by all Phase IV guidelines and doing our best to keep you safe.


  • A maximum crowd capacity of 100 individuals will be allowed within the Viewing Area at all times. 
  • Admittance to the Viewing Area will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum capacity is reached. 
  • Within the Viewing Area dedicated entrance and exit points will be defined. Upon entering, patrons are asked to follow directional signage when moving through the space to ensure one-way foot traffic. 

Masks or Face Coverings Will Be Required to Participate

WHAT: As per the city's Phase IV guidelines for park use, all park users are expected to wear face coverings when in the park. Further, all patrons (over the age of 2 and medically able to tolerate a face covering) wishing to enter the Viewing Area for Movies in the Parks screenings will be required to wear a face covering to be admitted to the Viewing Area.

WHY: Universal masking is one of the simplest, easiest and most effective ways to limit the potential for viral spread in an outdoor group of people. The safety of every single one of our guests is important to us, so we expect all of our patrons engaged in this activity to take care of one another by wearing a  face covering.


  • Medical masks, paper masks, fabric masks, religious garments (such as niqabs and burkas), and bandanas are all acceptable face coverings. 
  • A very limited supply of single-use, disposable paper masks will be available for anyone needing a mask to enter the viewing area.

Patrons Are Expected to Practice Safe Physical Distancing

WHAT: Be Safe Chicago's Phase IV Guidelines for park use require that social groups in park settings maintain a >6ft distance in open spaces. When in the Viewing Area, or in line to enter the Viewing Area, all Movies in the Parks patrons are asked to be aware of their surroundings and proactively maintain a >6ft distance from other park users outside their household group.

WHY: The CDC recommends a distance of 6 feet between individuals or household groups to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which can be transmitted by liquid droplets from breathing or talking. When paired with masking, these two measures significantly reduce the potential for viral spread.


  • Family or household groups can and should stay together, and do not need to maintain a 6ft distance within the family or household group.
  • Parents should keep their children close and prevent them from entering the space of other individuals/groups.
  • Signage at the event site will remind patrons of the need for physical distancing and encourage a 6ft standard distance.

Patrons and Staff Are Expected to Self-Monitor For Symptoms

WHAT: Before entering a public space, and before taking part in an activity like Movies in the Parks, patrons and staff alike are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and monitor their own health. If symptoms are present, patrons are asked to stay home, self-isolate and follow CDPH guidelines for symptom tracking and management. 

WHY: Put simply, the City of Chicago is healthiest when we are all taking care of and looking after ourselves. The presence of one symptomatic person in a crowd increases the risk for everyone. Monitoring your health, tracking symptoms, and staying home if you are sick is the safe, respectful thing to do to help all of us take care of all of us. 


  • Symptomatic patrons are encouraged to stay home, monitor their symptoms and contact a healthcare professional if symptoms worsen.
  • Patrons exhibiting symptoms onsite should leave the area and go home to isolate, for the safety of their fellow patrons.
  • Staff will also be self-monitoring and self-reporting symptoms as well, and will be asked not to report to work until symptoms have subsided and they have been medically cleared for COVID-19.
  • Staff who begin to exhibit symptoms while onsite will immediately isolate as best as possible and go home as soon as possible to quarantine until symptoms subside or they can be medically cleared.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing

WHAT: Park patrons are advised to wash their hands, or use a hand sanitizer, after any contact with high-touch surfaces or contact with a non-household individual. Further, park patrons are strongly encouraged to thoroughly wash hands, shower and launder clothes after returning home from a park activity. 

WHY: Good hygiene is essential to good health. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing is an easy and accessible way to limit the possibility for infection by removing viral traces from our hands before we spread them to household surfaces or other parts of our body. 


  • Park fieldhouses and restrooms will not be open during Movies in the Parks screenings. Hand sanitizer will be available to the public at the entrance and exit points to the Viewing Area.
  • Movies in the Parks staff will clean and sanitize high touch equipment surfaces at the beginning and end of every shift.
  • To minimize hand to mouth contact, we will not be serving popcorn at Movies in the Parks screenings this year. 

Park Patrons Are Expected to Practice Courtesy

WHAT: We are asking all of our park patrons and event staff to follow these guidelines and policies as a common courtesy for one another, and for the city we call home. Parks are common ground and public space, we should all be comfortable and safe here and focusing on your own precautionary measures and respecting the boundaries and space of others is a key way to make that happen. 

WHY: As we are in Phase IV, not everyone in the city, and not everyone in the park with you, is at the same comfort level. Our goal as the Chicago Park District is to make everyone safe and comfortable in our parks, so we require and expect our patrons and staff to follow all of these listed guidelines as a baseline to ensure anyone who wants to can enjoy our program. 


  • Help everyone in the Viewing Area maintain safe physical distancing by staying in your space once you are settled.
  • Do not enter and exit the viewing area more than once.
  • As you stay in your area, please limit your movements
  • Keep your mask on at all times, unless eating or drinking (while seated).
  • If you bring a picnic, do not share any food or drink with anyone outside your household group.
  • Remember that not everyone is at the same comfort level. Focus on making sure you, AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU, is safe and comfortable.


Drive-In Movie Guidelines

Additional Guidelines for Drive-In Movies Are As Follows:

1) Pre-Registration is Required
To help us best plan and prepare for our drive-in movies, all attendees must pre-register (for free) with their vehicle information via Eventbrite. Please register with the information for the vehicle you will be driving to the movie. 

2) Vehicle Occupants Should be Household Members
To continue to control the spread of COVID-19, you should not be in close contact with individuals outside your household. Being together in a car is considered close contact, so all occupants inside your vehicle for the drive-in movie should be members of the same household or have other previous close contact with one another. 

3) Check-In When You Arrive
When you arrive, you will be directed to a check-in location. We will check you in with the vehicle information you provided in your registration. Please roll down your driver's side window a 2-3 inches at check-in, to answer a few questions and receive guidance on parking. 

4) Remain Inside Your Vehicle
We ask that all occupants inside your vehicle remain in your vehicle for the duration of the movie. You may roll your windows down to enjoy the movie, but please stay within your vehicle. Vehicles will be parked with a 6' distance between each individual vehicle to reduce risk of transmission. 

5) Wear a Face Covering and Practice Social Distancing
If you need to leave your vehicle for any reason, any person over the age of 2 who is medically able to tolerate a face covering will be required to wear one. In addition, social distancing practices must be observed at all times. 

6) Drive Slowly, Be Careful, Observe Parking Instructions
We will be working to ensure the safety of you and your vehicle while at the movie. Please observe all parking instructions given to you by staff onsite, and always drive cautiously and remain aware surrounding vehicles, staff and pedestrians. 

7) Wait Until the End of the Movie to Leave
Our parking lots will be safest if there is no traffic during the movie. Once you enter the lot, please be prepared to stay until the end of the movie.