Millennium Park Audiences Pick Their Favorite Chicago-Made Film: The Dark Knight

August 24, 2016

Oscar® winner to be screened at film series finale, August 30


For the very first time, Chicagoans and visitors alike were invited to vote throughout the summer for their favorite Chicago film—to be screened at the finale of the popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series. A total of 12,433 votes were cast online and on-site at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

The top vote-getter with 2,333 votes was The Dark Knight (2008; PG-13, 152 mins)—and the Oscar®-winning movie will be screened on Tuesday, August 30, at 6:30pm.

The Dark Knight filmed in Chicago for three months during the summer of 2007. The film was directed by Chicago native Christopher Nolan. And it was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Heath Ledger) and Best Achievement in Sound Editing (Richard King).

Summer Film Series audiences were asked to vote for their favorite among this list of 20 Chicago-made films, which was created by the Chicago Film Office at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:

Adventures in Babysitting




Blues Brothers

Color of Money


High Fidelity

Home Alone

Love Jones

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Ordinary People

Public Enemy

Risky Business

Road to Perdition

The Dark Knight

The Fugitive

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

The Untouchables

While You Were Sleeping


The Chicago Film Office, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the city’s effort to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. Since 1980, more than 1100 feature films and television productions have shot in Chicago contributing $2 billion in local revenue.

The Summer Film Series at Millennium Park runs Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. This year’s line-up included: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Soul Food, A League of Their Own, Thelma & Louise, Moonstruck, Silence of the Lambs, Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration, West Side Story, Grease, Finding Nemo and Purple Rain.

The Summer Film Series is FREE, presented by the Millennium Park Foundation and co-curated with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.

The Summer Film Series is sponsored in part by Southwest Airlines, 93XRT, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Transit Authority and Millennium Park Garages.

Partnership opportunities are available for these outdoor films and more. To learn more, contact or visit

Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm. daily. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and Grant Park North. For the latest news and events, visit, call 312.742.1168, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.