Summary: Chicago 2016 Movies in the Park

Looking for an inexpensive, free activity with the loved ones in Chicago? Check out the Chicago 2016 Free Movies in The Park, where the Chicago Park District’s annual series takes place in more than 125 neighborhood parks and makes a great cheap date or family night (just BYO picnic and blanket). This is all part of Night Out in the Parks where the Chicago Park District is putting on lots of park activities for the whole family.  Check out the link above for all the activities by park.


Night Out in the Parks became yearlong in 2015 and extended its cultural programming far beyond the summer season giving families, friends and couples ample options and time to enjoy performances such as Midnight Circus in the Parks, About Face Theatre’s presentation of It’s For Real and a serenade series with Opera-matic.     The free MyChiParks mobile application returns to its festive green color for the summer season and is available to download on Apple and Android devices. Browse through the 1,200 events by date, location and interest to discover what exciting activities are happening nearby!       “The Chicago Park District is pleased to feature even more wonderful, free events for patrons of all ages to enjoy quality performances in the parks all year round,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.  Launched in 2013, Night Out in the Parks is part of Mayor Emanuel’s citywide vision for art and culture. It is also a key component of the Chicago Cultural Plan. Through this plan, the City and Chicago Park District are making investments in public art, music festivals, films, concerts, exhibitions and performances.






The Chicago Park District will bring big-screen entertainment to local parks for the 16th year of Movies in the Parks. The jam-packed 2016 summer lineup will feature over 130 different titles in more than 200 screenings. The roster will include something-for-everyone array of contemporary, cult classic and classic films like Back to the Future, The Color Purple, Jurassic World, Star Wars and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Throughout the summer, superheroes Ant-Man, Captain America, and The Avengers will fight evil and save the world as the Gladers navigate the unforgiving Scorch (Maze Runner), Tris and Four race against time (Insurgent), and Katniss and Peeta unite the Districts (The Hunger Games). We can’t forget the movies for the kid in all of us like Inside Out, Minions, The Peanuts Movie and Zootopia.


Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. There are lots of great free movies to choose from this year, with some all-time classic s from the 80’s mixed in with great kid’s animated movies, and some recent releases.  More than 130 different movies—including Maze Runner, Ant-Man, The Goonies, and —will screen for free in Chicago parks this summer, the Mayor’s Office announced. The free screenings are part of a larger citywide program: Night Out in the Parks, now in its fourth year. As of 2015, the program offers year-round arts and culture events all over the city; in 2016 the program will put on more than 1,200 events in parks in all 50 of the city’s wards.


Presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Night Out in the Parks brings over 1,000 cultural events to neighborhood parks each year. Chicagoans and visitors alike, enjoy the breadth of world-class events in every one of the city’s 77 community areas.    Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. In its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series brings more than 1,000 events to neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks safe havens and hubs of cultural activity.  From traditional performances and concerts, to peace rallies, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, and more, there is something for everyone happening in the parks this year!

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