Millennium Park free summer film series begins June 18

May 23, 2013|Matt Pais, @mattpais | RedEye movie critic

Remember when there were free movies shown in Grant Park each summer? Remember how bummed you were when that series went away?

Well, good news: The offices of the mayor and cultural affairs announced today that a new, free film series will begin June 18 in Millennium Park, kicking off with a tribute to late, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert and a screening of the Oscar-winning musical "Chicago."

But wait! You actually don't have to wait that long. While June 18 is the "official" beginning to the series, the 1981 Muddy Waters/Rolling Stones performnace at the Checkerboard Lounge screens June 4, and the spectacular animated flick "The Triplets of Belleville" appears June 11. (That film begins at dusk; all others start at 6:30 p.m.)

The 40-foot-long, 22.5-foot-high screen will hopefully be high enough that the issue suffered during screenings in Grant Park--the inability to see over people sitting in front of you on the lawn--won't resurface. As you may expect, pavilion seating is first-come, first-served, and the lawn may hit capacity. (Definitely arrive early for "Singin' in the Rain" Aug. 6.)

See below for the full schedule, and mark calendars as needed.

June 4: "Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones-Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981"

June 11: "The Triplets of Belleville"

June 18: "Chicago"

June 25: "Funny Face"

July 2: "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

July 9: "Amadeus"

July 16: "Moulin Rouge"

July 23: "The Jungle Book"

July 30: "Buena Vista Social Club"

Aug. 6: "Singin’ in the Rain"

Aug. 13: "Cabaret"

Aug. 20: "Dreamgirls"

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