One of the most popular Chicago summer events, the Millennium Park Summer Film Series, returns with another stellar lineup. The season begins on June 21 with the Chicago classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary. Other highlights include a "full moon double feature," Finding Nemo, and Purple Rain. This year the season closes with a fan favorite "Audience Choice," to be picked by film fans (details to be announced later).
Running from Tuesdays, June 21 to August 30 at 6:30pm, Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Bookmark this page and check out our perfect picnic basket guide to make it a delightful and delicious evening!
Millennium Park Summer Film Series Schedule
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off • June 21
(1986, PG-13, 103 mins)
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this iconic ‘80s classic of a Chicago-area high school wise guy who is determined to have a day off from school
Soul Food • June 28
(1997, R*, 115 mins)
Follows the trials of a close-knit Chicago family that gets together to have Sunday dinner every week
A League of Their Own • July 5
(1992, PG, 125 mins)
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it success amidst their own growing rivalry. A special presentation to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the USO will take place before the film.
Thelma & Louise • July 12
(1991, R**, 120 mins)
The Academy Award-winning film of two friends who embark on a road trip with disastrous consequences
FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE: Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs • July 19
(Moonstruck: 1988, PG, 102 mins / Silence of the Lambs: 1991, R‡, 118 mins)
A special double feature event beginning with the classic romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” followed by a late-night showing of the iconic thriller “Silence of the Lambs”
Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration • July 26
Celebrating 50 years of democracy through documentary, this special screening will celebrate the legacy of the acclaimed Chicago filmmaking organization
West Side Story • August 2
(1961, Unrated, 152 mins)
The award-winning adaptation of the Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet”—screened as part of Shakespeare 400
Grease • August 9
(1978, PG-13, 110 mins)
Come sing along with this romantic musical comedy set in the 1950s
Finding Nemo • August 16
(2003, G, 100 mins)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home
Purple Rain • August 23
(1984, PG, 111 mins)
Starring Prince, this is the story of a musician escaping a tumultuous home life through music
AUDIENCE CHOICE: Favorite Chicago Film • August 30
Audience members will vote on their favorite Chicago film to be shown; details of voting to be announced at a later date
All of the films start at 6:30pm.
All films are FREE and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. The Summer Film Series is co-curated with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
Photo credit: Choose Chicago.