Free admission • Millennium Park

Through the summer months, visitors and locals flock to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park to kick back, picnic, and watch blockbusters, award-winning movies, family classics, and cult favorites in an unforgettable setting.

The annual Millennium Park Summer Film Series takes place on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., and admission is totally free. Check out this year’s Millennium Park Summer Film Series 2021 schedule:

Tuesday, Aug. 24: “The Wiz”
(1978, rated G, starts at 6 p.m.)
Rained out when it was screened as part of the 2019 Summer Film Series, this American musical adventure fantasy is presented to celebrate the 2021 Year of Chicago Music.

Tuesday, Aug. 31: “The Dark Knight”
(2008, rated PG-13, starts at 6 p.m.)
This superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman was the Films Series’ 2016 Made In Chicago Audience Choice Winner.

Chairs within the pavilion’s seating bowl and space on the Great Lawn are first come, first served. Arrive early to snag a spot! Guests can bring their own food and beverages to the Summer Film Series events, so pack a picnic and make a night out of it.

Bright enough to be completely visible in the daylight, the screen illuminates the entire viewing area with crisp, clear images and combines with the Pavilion’s concert-hall quality sound system to create one of the most memorable moviegoing experiences, no matter where you sit.

Millennium Park FAQs

What items are prohibited from being brought onto park grounds?

  • Barbecue grills (open flames)
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Illegal substances & weapons
  • Pop-up tents/canopies
  • Beach/picnic umbrellas
  • Flag poles
  • All pets (except service animals)

Can I bring a folding chair and blanket?

Yes, but folding chairs are not allowed in the seating area of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Can I save seats in the Pavilion?

General seating in the Pavilion and on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the seating bowl, you may save only one seat prior to the start of each show. Once the show has started, you must relinquish your seat. Please note that Millennium Park reserves the right to close the seating bowl and Great Lawn due to reaching capacity and appreciates your cooperation in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your experience.

What about items I lost or found in the park?

To inquire about lost or found items in the park, please call (312) 744-6050.

May I bring a picnic basket?

Yes! Millennium Park is the perfect place for a picnic and a night of dining al fresco. However, in order to ensure that events are enjoyable for all attendees and to protect the lawn from wear and tear, please respect the following rules of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion: tents, oversized umbrellas, oversized blankets or plastic tarps, helium balloons, oversized flags, signs/banners, barbecue grills, open flame candles, or staking of any kind are not allowed on the Great Lawn area.

May I buy beer or wine in the park? How about food?

Refreshments, including food, beer and wine, are available for purchase from the concessions tent located to the east of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. In addition, concessions can be purchased throughout the Park, including from the concession carts located on the Chase Promenade and at the Park Grill and Café on the McCormick Tribune Plaza. Alcohol may only be consumed in the seating area and the Great Lawn during the events. Alcohol sales in the Millennium Park concession tent end one half-hour prior to the end of the event.

What is the rain policy?

Concerts and performances in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion are held rain or shine, unless there are severe weather warnings and/or the threat of lightning in the area. The Pavilion seats are not protected from the elements. The Great Lawn has a high-tech design with underlying layers of sand and gravel that allows water to drain quickly.

Are recording devices allowed during a show?

Photography, video, or recording devices are prohibited at all event at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

May I smoke?

Smoking is prohibited in the seating area of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Great Lawn, the Lurie Garden, the east and west arcades by the restrooms, and the east and west Exelon Buildings.

May I bring my dog along?

Animals are not permitted in Millennium Park, unless they are service animals.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. For the latest on Millennium Park Summer FilmSeriesand all Millennium Park events, visit millenniumpark.org.