The Millennium Park Film Series, a favorite rite of summer for Chicagoans and visitors kicks off Tuesday, June 13 with the Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, filmed in the Windy City back in 1980–and the second place finisher in last years’ audience choice vote.
Other highlights include: Caddyshack; a 30th Anniversary screening of The Princess Bride; a bone-chilling Full Moon Double Feature with Ghost and The Shining; and a 25th Anniversary screening of Wayne’s World.
New to the series this year is Millennium Park’s first Spanish-language film, El Norte coming to the big screen on July 11.
Summer of 2017 will also feature the first daytime screening: The 1937 classic Snow White on Thursday, August 24.
All films will be shown on the state-of-the-art 40-foot LED screen in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Guests can either watch from seats in the pavilion or spread a blanket on the great lawn where they can picnic, Ravinia style or Chicago style.
Here’s the entire lineup for the summer of 2017
- The Blues Brothers – June 13 (1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 132 minutes) The classic Chicago film about Jake and Elwood Blues and
their “mission from God” will be presented in conjunction with the Chicago Blues Festival, happening June 9–11, in its new location in Millennium Park.
- Caddyshack – June 20 (1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 98 minutes) Caddyshack, presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship coming June 27–July 2 to Olympia Fields Country Club, always a crowd favorite offers a fun filled evening of laughs as the caddies, golfers and Carl, the Golf Course Grounds Keeper, take on Bushwood Country Club.
- Julie and Julia – June 27 (2009, rated PG-13, 123 minutes) Cook up an evening of fun in anticipation of the Taste of Chicago, coming July 5–9 to Grant Park as Julie Powell takes on the recipes of Julia Child discovering that with enough passion anything is possible.
- El Norte – July 11 (1983, rated R for some disturbing violent content and brief language, 141 minutes) Screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution in their home Guatemala and journey north through Mexico and on to the United States. It’s the heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.”
- La La Land – July 18 (2016, rated PG-13, 128 minutes) If you missed this Oscar award-winning 2016 film the first time around see if for free on the big screen in Millennium Park–or catch it again, this time under the stars. Inspired by classic Hollywood musicals but set in modern day Los Angeles, this film is something special.
- Network – July 25 (1976, rated R for strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of violence, 121 minutes). An oldie but goodie, Network is a lauded satire on the news media. The film is still relevant in today’s 24-hour news culture.
- Bend it Like Beckham – August 1 (2002, rated PG-13, 112 minutes). A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham follows two 18-year-olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer.
- Ghost (1990, rated PG-13, 127 minutes). Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. When Sam is murdered by a friend and corrupt business partner over a shady business deal, his powerless spirit seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown to set things right and protect Molly.
- The Shining (1980, rated R for strong violence, strong language, 144 minutes). Frustrated writer Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. However, when he arrives with his wife and son, they soon discover the hotel is more than just isolated.
- Hidden Figures – August 15 (2016, rated PG, 127 minutes). The three-time Oscar Award-nominated film about the incredible, untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains in the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Air and Water Show, happening August 19 and 20.
- Five Heartbeats – August 22 (1991, rated R for language, some sexual content, 122 minutes). The film, presented by Sound Opinions, follows the highs and lows as a quintet of hopeful young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats in the 1960s.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Family Daytime Screening Thursday, August 24 at 10 a.m. (1937, rated G, 83 minutes). In celebration of Disney’s first animated feature film, Millennium Park film series is presenting a special daytime screening of this classic tale with Snow White the fairest one of all, and the lovable seven dwarfs. Can you name all seven? (Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey). The film is presented in conjunction with Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival, happening June 19–August 24.
- The Princess Bride – August 29 (1987, rated PG, 98 minutes. It’s the 30th Anniversary screening of the classic tale of love and adventure featuring the beautiful Buttercup, her brave Westley, a bumbling prince, an accomplished swordsman, a super strong giant and a cast of fairytale characters.
- Wayne’s World – September 5 (1992, rated PG-13, 95 minutes). The 25th Anniversary of the megahit about two slacker friends, Wayne and Garth is definitely worth a revisit.
Summer Film Series information
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at Randolph and Michigan Ave.
What: 14 feature films to be screened with English subtitles or captioning.
When: Tuesday evening films, 6:30 pm. with the exception of the August 24 daytime screening of Snow White starting at 10:00 am.
Admission: Free, no tickets required.
Click here for the full schedule of summer happenings at Millennium Park.
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