Things to do in Chicago for movie fansMary Houlihan – For the Sun-Timeson July 23, 2021 at 1:20 am

Welcome to our roundup of movie screenings and events in Chicago. Bookmark this page and check back for updates on shows and activities.

International Queer Film Festival

Matthew James Morrison (lower) and Alexandros Koutsoulis in “Boy Meets Boy.”
Ariztical Entertainment

When: July 18-Aug. 14

Where: Online

What: Featured are 29 films from eight countries streaming online in four separate programs. The diverse selection explores the range of queer life topics ranging from comedy to drama to science fiction and Zoom dating. Three programs of short films each run for a week with the festival’s final week devoted to “Boy Meets Boy,” a new feature by German filmmaker Daniel Sanchez Lopez about two men who develop a deep connection over one long night in Berlin. Tickets: $12 per program.

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‘Movies on the Lawn’

With Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, the stars of 'The Wizard of Oz' sing together in this scene from the 1939 MGM classic film. (AP Photo/HO,Warner Bros)
“The Wizard of Oz” will screen July 16.

When: To July 31

Where: Lincoln Yards, Ada and Concord

What: Last summer Lincoln Yards launched a popular drive-in movie series, but this summer moviegoers will be able to walk up for a picnic-like outdoor movie experience on a first-come, first-served basis. The roster for the series, a collaboration between Sterling Bay and Lincoln Square’s Davis Theater, is “Field of Dreams” (July 15), “The Wizard of Oz” (July 16), “The Karate Kid” (July 17), “Caddyshack (July 22), “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (July 23), “Jurassic Park” (July 24), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (July 29), “Raya and the Last Dragon” (July 30) and “”Dirty Dancing” (July 31). Tickets: $10. Bring a chair/blankets to sit on, and you will need an FM radio or cell phone to tune into the audio.

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‘Movies in the Parks’

When: To Sept. 14

Where: In parks throughout Chicago

What: The Chicago Park District’s series returns with films ranging from Hollywood classics to retro childhood favorites and family-friendly offerings from recent years. Admission is free.

More information: For a complete list of films and parks, visit

Garden Movies

Music Box Theatre's Garden Movies features films screened in the theatre's expanded courtyard under the stars.
Music Box Theatre’s Garden Movies features films screened in the theatre’s expanded courtyard under the stars.
Music Box Theatre

When: All summer long

Where: 3733 N. Southport

What: The Music Box Theatre is screening films in its expanded courtyard under the stars. Tickets: $9.

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