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2009 Guide to Chicago Movies in the Park

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:

� Blanket to lay on or chairs to sit upon.

� Blanket to wrap up in. It may get quite chilly at night!

� Munchies to delight the tastebuds

� Plastic alligators to protect your spot

√جø¬Ω Drinks, but no alcohol. No booze in Chicago’s parks, man.

� Items to pass the time: card games, book.

� Umbrellas (Films will be shown in rainy weather as long as lightning, strong winds or other severe conditions are not present.)

When to go:

� 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:

√جø¬Ω Just like a traditional theatre, don’t sit too close to the front. Try for center.

� Watch out for dog poopies

√جø¬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.

√جø¬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.

Do you have anything to add to this list?

Any fun experiences to share? Please leave them in the comments below.


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.

Phone: 312-744-3315

Price: Free.

(in case you’re wondering, here’s the list of movies played at previous Movies in the Park in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.)

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Tom Saaristo

Go with someone you like :^)


it is a very romantic place for a date.


it’s actually not very hard to smuggle in alcohol. i’ve done it on numerous occasions. mmm… red wine in plastic cups! i’m excited for this year’s lineup… it’s one of the best yet!


are you allowed to bring dogs??


Dogs are not allowed, unfortunately…


I’ve been going every year and it’s great. **If you are going to smoke, try not too or go in an open space. Everyone is so packed together in the park. It ruins the fun.


I love Movies in the Park! I’ve been going for the past 3 years and those are very good tips, especially the one about not sitting somewhere where there is grass in front of you, i did that once in the beginning and as the movie was starting, two people brought big chairs and flopped them down right in front of me! I was soo mad! But i spoke to them and they switched places… Read more »


If you don’t have booze its not movies in the park. Getting sh*t faced and passing out during ET is one o the best things you can do during the summer in Chicago.


Always pee before you go… the bathrooms are always packed…and if you really need to use the restroom… bring yourself a roll of TP, it will come in handy I promise.