Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have announced an exciting new film series that will premiere this summer at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The official kickoff date for the series is Tuesday, June 18. The kick-off will include a brief tribute to Roger Ebert, honoring Chicago’s Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, followed by a screening of the musical “Chicago”.
In reality, the series starts two weeks earlier on Tuesday, June 4 with the not-to-be-missed pre-screening of the Chicago Blues Festival related film, “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981”. The following Tuesday, June 11 will feature “The Triplets of Belleville” as a tie-in with Chicago Bike Week.
The series continues every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. (except June 11, The Triplets of Belleville will begin at dusk) through August 20 and will highlight musicals including “Dream Girls” and “Moulin Rouge”. The films will be presented on the latest and most sophisticated outdoor screen with sound projected from the Pavilion’s state-of-the-art sound system. The screen, acquired by Millennium Park, Inc., will serve as a permanent enhancement to the Pritzker Pavilion. It measures 40 feet long and 22.5 feet high with an LED system and technology that is similar to that of a giant-screen television. The images are bright, clear and visible from the front row to the back of the lawn seating area.
Admission to the film series is free with seating first come, first served. For a preview of the films and dates see the gallery below.