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 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.

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 on Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. from July 8 – Aug. 30.

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 from July 15 – 31, 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 will kick off July 6 at Oakdale Park.

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 and The Dark Knight on Aug. 31. Both events are free and advanced registration is not required.

Friday Nights at The Raven Theatre: This Edgewater theatre will be hosting fun and free public events in their parking lot this summer. Catch James And The Giant Peach on July 23 and Inherit The Wind on Aug. 6. Make sure to RSVP in advance.

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 and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Reserve your table in advance.

Movies in the Park
Photo courtesy Chicago Park District