30+ Free Outdoor Movies in Chicago this Summer with Kids

Millennium Park Summer Film Series photo courtesy of chicago.gov
Millennium Park Summer Film Series photo courtesy of chicago.gov

Movies, treats, and staying up past bedtime—these are the things summer is made for, and you can roll them all into one with the plethora of free outdoor movies in Chicago and the suburbs. You can go see a movie at a landmark destination, like Navy Pier or Millennium Park, or just enjoy a night out under the stars in your favorite neighborhood or suburban park. There are outdoor movies in Spanish from the International Latino Cultural Center, African-American centric movies at the DuSable Museum of African American History, and girl-power movies at Mary Bartelme Park.

Want to see a movie in your car? Check out one of our favorite drive-in destinations. Have kids that aren't big enough to stay up past dark on a long summer night? Try out our list of favorite toddler playgrounds or water parks for little ones that are just as good during the day.

Pack your blanket or chair, bag of popcorn, juice or soda, and head out to one of the more than 30 locations we've found to see an outdoor movie in Chicago this summer!

Places featured in this article:


Multiple parks citywide

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

DuSable Museum of African American History

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Addison Community Rec Center

Frontier Sports Complex

Darien Parks

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 8:30 PM Pick
Let's Learn Circuits
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Illinois Tech Pre-College Summer Programs
Illinois Institute of Technology - 10:00 AM
Join Team Ninja! At LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago - 10:00 AM
Edgewater Monday Market
Broadway Armory Parking Lot - 3:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides