Remember drive-in movies? The old-school open-air theatres are having a renaissance. And they’re popping up all over Chicago, along with plenty of outdoor movie screenings where you can kick back in the grass and enjoy a movie under the stars. Here are some spots where you can catch a flick with friends at an outdoor movie theatre in Chicago.

Drive-in and outdoor movie theatres in Chicago

ChiTown Movies in Pilsen: Enjoy classic movies under the stars at this drive-in theatre in Pilsen. Each parking spot has an excellent view of their extra-large screen. Each week, they screen a variety of family-friendly movies, like Finding Nemo and Jurassic Park. And don’t forget the movie snacks — you can order popcorn, hot chocolate, and more right to your car. Tickets start at $33 per car.

Gallagher Way: This family-friendly green space in the shadow of Wrigley Field hosts outdoor movies on their jumbo digital screen. Catch all-ages flicks through Sept. 29.

Water Flicks at Navy Pier: This popular (and free!) series is back, with outdoor movie screenings at scenic Navy Pier. Enjoy views of the lake and Centennial Wheel while you kick back on the grass and enjoy family-friendly films. Movie screenings take place at Polk Bros Park through Sept. 29.

Movies on the Lawn at Lincoln Yards: Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and find a spot on the lawn for this outdoor movie series. Upcoming shows, currently scheduled through Sept. 25, include favorites like Dirty Dancing, Jurassic Park, and National Lampoon’s Vacation. Tickets are $10, concessions and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. 

Night Out in the Parks: The Chicago Park District is bringing more than 100 outdoor screenings of family-friendly films to neighborhood parks this summer. The series is currently scheduled to run through Sept. 14.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: This summer, catch two outdoor movie screenings while surrounded by the soaring Pritzker Pavilion and city skyline. Movies include The Wiz on Aug. 24, The Dark Knight on Aug. 31, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Sept. 14. All events are free and advanced registration is not required.

McHenry Outdoor Theater: It’s all about nostalgia at this old-school movie theatre in suburban McHenry. Drive on in and catch classic films like Jaws and Twister. Tickets are sold at the box office on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early for a spot.

Whiskey Business: In Wicker Park, Whiskey Business turns their popular rooftop bar into an outdoor movie theatre. Options include the latest Marvel films, Anchor Man, Ace Ventura, and more. Enjoy a night under the stars with classic movies every Monday through September. Reserve your table in advance.

Movies in the Park
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