Year four of Chicago’s highly popular Summer Film Series at Millennium Park kicks off the season at 6:30 pm. Tuesday, June 21 with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The 1986 John Hughes classic staring Matthew Broderick follows the misadventures of a high school student who skips school to take his girlfriend and reluctant best friend on a Windy City romp through the Art Institute, Wrigley Field, Sears Tower (Willis Tower), Daley Plaza and more.
Hughes wrote the script for the movie in six days–adding to his stable of classic teen movies. Although most of the shooting was done in Chicago and its northern suburbs, the story was set in Hughes’ favorite fictional town of Shermer, Illinois.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off celebrates 30 years in 2016 with a series of happenings around town in addition to the Millennium Park screening.
Fans of the movie will want to keep an eye out for Ferris Fest from May 20 to 22. The Fest will offer visitors a full-on immersion into everything Ferris from tours of filming locations, special showings, talks plus a re-creation of the “Twist and Shout” scene from the movie to a peek inside of the Ferris bedroom.
All films in the summer series are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The series runs every Tuesday from June 21 through August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests can grab a seat in the Pavilion or on the Great Lawn where they are invited to spread a blanket and have a picnic…or not.
Highlights of the summer film series include: Thelma & Louise, Finding Nemo and Purple Rain. Additionally, this year’s series includes the first-ever “Full Moon Double Feature” showing of Moonstruck and Silence of the Lambs, as well as an “Audience Choice” night where fans will be able to vote on a favorite Chicago film to be screened in the park.
The full Summer Film Series features:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off • June 21, (1986, PG-13, 103 mins)
This iconic ‘80s classic follows the misadventures of Chicago-area high school wise guy as he leads his friends on a hilarious romp through the Windy City.
Soul Food • June 28, (1997, R*, 115 mins)
Soul food follows the ups and downs of a close-knit Chicago family as they get together for their weekly Sunday dinner.
A League of Their Own • July 5, (1992, PG, 125 mins)
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league where they team up for fun and games. 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)
Two friends embark on a road trip filled with hilarious twists and turns resulting in some 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 begins 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 Jets and Sharks fight it out in 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)
A Prince of a show that follows a musician escaping his 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
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