Summer Guide 2012: Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Friday, Jun 8th, 2012 by

If your family likes to enjoy movies under the stars, you’ll have plenty of chances this summer. A number of suburbs and park districts are screening movies in local parks. Here are the movie series we’ve tracked down; if you know of any we’re missing, please share in the comments section. Finally, don’t forget your blanket or chairs, some bug spray and of course a few movie snacks!

Photo by Kevin H. on Flickr.* The city of Elgin invites you to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a free family film at Festival Park. Fun activities are planned for each night themed to the featured movie and local not-for-profits will be selling pop and popcorn, plus your kids can take a $2 ride on the Elgin Express.  Pre-show activities start at 7 p.m. The movies will begin at sunset.  The movies in this series are:

  • Thursday, July 19: Puss in Boots
  • Thursday, July 26: The Sandlot
  • Thursday, Aug. 2: Tangled
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7: The Adventures of Tin Tin

* The Batavia Park District will show two movies this summer for free at the Riverwalk at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup:

  • Wednesday, July 25: The Smurfs 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8: The Muppets 

* Cantigny in Wheaton will show six movies outdoors this summer with movies beginning at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the films will be moved indoors to the Cantigny Visitor’s Center Theater. This is a free event, but the $2 parking fee applies. The lineup is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 21: Toy Story 3
  • Thursday, June 28: How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Thursday, July 12: Kung Fu Panda
  • Thursday, July 26: E.T. The Extra Terrerestial
  • Thursday, Aug. 9: Ghostbusters
  • Thursday, Aug. 16: Hugo

* The Geneva Park District rotates its free movie series around several neighborhood parks. Movies will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Here’s the lineup:

  • Thursday, June 14: “Cars 2″ at Moore Park
  • Thursday, July 12: “Field of Dreams” at Mill Creek Park
  • Thursday, Aug. 9: “Puss in Boots” at Sunset Park

* The “Flick ‘n’ Float Nights” at Geneva’s Sunset Pool let you float around on rafts while enjoying movies. Twilight rates will apply. Here’s the lineup:

  • Friday, June 15: Happy Feet 2 (8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, June 29: Adventures of TinTin (8:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 27: Dolphin Tale (8:15 p.m)
  • Friday, Aug. 10: The Muppets (8 p.m.)

* The city of Aurora’s free “Movies in the Park” series takes place in Phillips Park and will feature pre-event activities at 8 p.m. The movies will start 30 minutes after sunset, usually between 9 and 9:15 p.m. Movies will be shown on the big screen adjacent to the sledding hill and the skate/BMX park.  The concession stand will be open, and parking is available at the Phillips Park Aquatic Center, 828 Montgomery Road. Here’s the schedule:

  • Saturday, June 9: Real Steel
  • Saturday, June 23: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Satudray, July 14: Hugo 
  • Saturday, July 28: Tangled 

* The city of Yorkville’s free “Outdoor Movie Nights” will take place at Beecher Community Park at dusk. The lineup is as follows: 

  • Wednesday, July 18: Zookeeper
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7: Puss in Boots

* The village of Oswego’s free “Movies in the Park” take place on Wednesdays throughout June, July and August at Village Green Park, which is located behind the Oswego Post Office. All movies begin at dusk. The lineup is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 20: Ratatouille
  • Wednesday, July 18: Puss in Boots 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Antz 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15: Happy Feet
  • Rain dates: Wednesday, June 27th; Wednesday, July 25th; and Wednesday, August 22nd 

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