Every Tuesday after sunset in 2009 from July 14 to August 25, Chicago will show free movies on a 50-foot by 34-foot screen in Chicago’s downtown Grant Park at 100 S. Lake Shore Drive. (It’s south of Millennium Park, and north of the Art Institute).
The 2009 Movies in the Park lineup:
July 14, 2009 @ 8:58 pm: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
July 21, 2009 @ 8:52 pm: Duck Soup (1933)
July 28, 2009 @ 8:45 pm: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1950)
August 4, 2009 @ 8:37 pm: Born Yesterday (1950)
August 11, 2009 @ 8:27 pm: Psycho (1960)
August 18, 2009 @ 8:17 pm: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
August 25, 2009 @ 8:05 pm: Tootsie (1982)
What to bring:
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Blanket to lay on or chairs to sit upon.
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Blanket to wrap up in. It may get quite chilly at night!
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Munchies to delight the tastebuds
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Plastic alligators to protect your spot
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Drinks, but no alcohol. No booze in Chicago’s parks, man.
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Items to pass the time: card games, book.
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Umbrellas (Films will be shown in rainy weather as long as lightning, strong winds or other severe conditions are not present.)
When to go:
√Ø¬ø¬Ω People start staking out their spots early As soon you get off work at 5pm. GO! Expect about 9,000 people to show up.
Where to sit:
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Just like a traditional theatre, don’t sit too close to the front. Try for center.
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Watch out for dog poopies
√Ø¬ø¬Ω Sit behind people who have a blanket down and ask if they will be getting chairs later. Don’t sit down with blank grass in front of you. People with chairs might arrive and block your view.
√Ø¬ø¬Ω If you bring chairs with you, try to sit in front of people with chairs. It’s just common courtesy. Sit in front of people with a blanket and they will get pissed off at you.
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Chicago Outdoor Film Festival-Grant Park
Butler Field, Grant Park
100 S. Lake Shore Drive
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and spend Tuesday nights watching classic movies for free under the stars. Cyclists can take advantage of free bike valet parking at the northwest corner of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street.