Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Tuesdays, June 4—August 20, 2019

6:30pm • FREE Admission

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

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Millennium Park Summer Film Series on the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn

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Take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch a lineup of popular classics and recent hit movies on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

To celebrate 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre, this year’s Millennium Park Summer Film Series will co-present each film with a select Chicago theatre company, providing a season-long sampling of themes, ethnicities and genres to reflect the city’s rich passion for cinema in all its variety. Companies include About Face Theatre, Aguijón Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Free Street Theater, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Teatro Vista and Victory Gardens Theater.


June 4: Black Panther

Black Panther (June 4)

Programmed in collaboration with eta Creative Arts Foundation

(2018, rated PG-13, 135 minutes)

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced African nation of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future while confronting a challenger from his country’s past. The Oscar Award-winning action/adventure’s cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


June 11: Frida

Frida (June 11)

Programmed in collaboration with Teatro Vista

(2002, rated R, 123 minutes)

This biography chronicles the bold and uncompromising life of Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage with artist Diego Rivera to become a political, artistic and sexual revolutionary. The Oscar Award-winning film stars Salma Hayek.

This film screens in English with Spanish subtitles or captioning.


June 18: Love, Simon

Love, Simon (June 18)

Programmed in collaboration with About Face Theatre

(2018, rated PG-13, 110 minutes)

In this coming-of-age tale, teenager Simon Spier makes a love connection with a boy by email. As he discovers who he is corresponding with, he must find himself as well and come to terms with the secret that he is gay. The cast includes Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


June 25: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman (June 25)

Programmed in collaboration with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

(2017, rated PG-13, 149 minutes)

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons and trained warrior. When a pilot crashes on the shores of her sheltered island and tells of a conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and her true destiny. The cast includes Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


July 2: The Wiz

The Wiz (July 2)

Programmed in collaboration with Black Ensemble Theater

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz

(1978, rated G, 136 minutes)

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasyland called Oz. In search of The Wiz, she eases on down the road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The cast of this adaption of the “The Wizard of Oz” includes Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor as The Wiz.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


July 9: 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You (July 9)

Programmed in collaboration with Chicago Shakespeare Theater

(1999, rated PG-13, 99 minutes)

In an update of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, pretty and popular teenager Bianca Stratford cannot date unless her unpopular, rebellious older sister Kat does as well…thanks to their father’s rules. Thus starts the scheme to set Kat up with another rebel who may be able to win Kat’s heart. The cast includes Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


July 16: Double Feature! Moonlight and Pan’s Labyrinth


Moonlight (July 16)

Programmed in collaboration with Steppenwolf Theatre Company 

(2016, rated R, 115 minutes)

A young, African-American, gay man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. Starring Mahershala Ali with Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae, this Oscar Award-winning film was adapted from Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


(15-minute intermission)                 

Pan’s Labyrinth (July 16)


Pan’s Labyrinth

Programmed in collaboration with Aguijón Theater

(2006, rated R, 119 minutes)

In 1944 post-Civil War Spain, a bookish young girl, fascinated by fairytales, escapes her harsh world by exploring an eerie but captivating fantasy world, led by an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. The Oscar Award-winning film was directed by Guillermo del Toro.

This film screens in Spanish with English subtitles or captioning


July 23: The Music Man

The Music Man (July 23)

Programmed in collaboration with Goodman Theatre

(1962, rated G, 155 minutes)

Traveling con man Harold Hill brings trouble with a capital “T” to River City, when he convinces the locals to start a band and purchase the uniforms and instruments from him. But his plan to skip town with the money goes awry when he starts to fall for librarian Marian Paroo. This classic film adaptation of the musical includes stars Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.

Goodman Theatre will present The Music Man directed by Mary Zimmerman, June 29 through August 4, in the Albert Theatre.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


July 30: Fences

Fences (July 30)

Programmed in collaboration with Court Theatre

(2016, rated PG-13, 139 minutes)

Working class father Troy Maxson must cope with the disappointment of being too old to play baseball when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. That bitterness now threatens to impact his son who has the potential to be a football star. Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, the film stars Denzel Washington and Best Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


August 5: Inside Out  - daytime showing at 10:30amInside Out (August 5)

Programmed in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre

(2015, rated PG, 102 minutes)

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions  - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.. An Oscar Award-winner for Best Animated Film, the cast of emotions includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Khaling, Richard Kind and Phyllis Smith.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


August 6: The Muppet MovieThe Muppet Movie (August 6)

Programmed in collaboration with Free Street Theater

Free Street Theatre is celebrating its 50th Anniversary

(1979, rated G, 97 minutes)

Persuaded by a Hollywood agent to audition for the chance of a lifetime, Kermit the Frog leaves his quiet life in a swamp to journey across America for his big break. Along the way, Kermit comes across several quirky new friends including comedic Fozzie Bear, beautiful but feisty Miss Piggy and the Great Gonzo. Created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Muppet Movie is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


August 13: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (August 13)

Programmed in collaboration with Lookingglass Theatre Company

(2000, rated PG-13, 120 minutes)

As zen warriors float through the air, skim the water and battle in trees and across rooftops in 19th-century Qing Dynasty China, the chase is on to find the young warrior that stole an ancient and powerful sword. Directed by Ang Lee, this Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film’s cast includes Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


August 20: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (August 20)

Programmed in collaboration with Victory Gardens Theater

(2002, rated PG, 96 minutes)

Everyone in the Portokalos family worries about Toula – a single thirty-year-old living with her parents in a Chicago Greek community. When she falls in love with a tall, handsome but non-Greek man, she struggles to get her family to accept him and come to terms with her cultural heritage. The funny cast includes writer and producer Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin and Michael Constantine.

Victory Garden Theater’s 45th season will feature the Chicago premier of Tiny Beautiful Things by Nia Vardalos, September 6 through October 13.

This film screens in English with English subtitles or captioning.


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