The nostalgia of drive-in theaters is making a comeback with movie theaters closed around the nation due to coronavirus. The favorite ’50s pastime can be recreated at one of these Chicago-area drive-in movie theaters. So grab the kids―clad in their pj’s―for a night of cinema magic under the stars.
Drive-in at Lincoln Yards
On June 25th, a new pop-up drive-in is making its way to Lincoln Yards. Developer Sterling Bay is partnering up with Lincoln Square’s Davis Theater and nonprofit Facets. Movies will screen at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The 55-acre property is the future Lincoln Yards Development–which will connect Bucktown and Lincoln Park with bustling community spaces such as parks and plenty of recreational areas for Chicagoans to come together.
Address: In the heart of Lincoln Yards at 1397 W Wabansia Avenue
ChiTown Futbol in Pilson has now opened ChiTown Movies. The drive-in theater will screen two movies a night and you can order concessions that are delivered to your car from ChiTown Grille.
Address: 2343 S. Throop St., Chicago
McHenry Outdoor Theater – Golden Age Cinemas
The McHenry Outdoor Theater is around an hour northwest of Chicago and is a great place to catch a double feature. Some upcoming cult favorites include The Burbs, The Big Lebowski, The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka.
Insider Tip: We suggest getting there early because tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Address: 1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry
Chicago Drive-In Theater
Chicago families have a brand new pop-up drive-in theater just outside of SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Moviegoers can take in classics this summer including Moana and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids on their 70-foot screen.
Address: 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview