Summer is here, and that means soaking up the sunny weather and spending as much time outside as possible. Activities that are usually indoors head outside to help you take full advantage of the season. For all you movie buffs out there, we have found some of the top spots to catch a flick outdoors.
There are countless things to do in Galena each season, and this summer, star-gazing gets better. The Goldmoor Inn turns its beautifully landscaped estate and charming Pavilion into an alfresco cinema when it debuts “Classic Movie Nights Under The Stars.” Sitting on 21 acres overlooking the Mississippi River Valley, the luxury Inn will screen classic double features this summer. And just because you’re skipping the theater doesn’t mean you’re missing the snacks. Freshly made popcorn is part of the deal.
“Our gardens and grounds are gorgeous, and the star-gazers will be doubly thrilled to catch classic celebrities on the silver screen beneath the incredible constellations shining above,” says Birgit Radin, co-owner of the Goldmoor Inn. “Guests and visitors wondering what to do in Galena are invited to add to their list an evening of outdoor movies surrounded by the tranquil nature surrounding us.”
The Classic Movie Nights begin at 7 p.m. on select Saturdays during June-October, and the movie schedule includes:
- June 11: Citizen Kane and Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- July 23: Cool Hand Luke and Some Like it Hot
- August 20 Casablanca and Roman Holiday
- September 17 Metropolis and North by Northwest
- October 29 Dressed to Kill and Frankenstein
Nothing is more American than spending a summer night under the stars watching a big Hollywood movie. So why not take a drive back in time and spend an evening at the McHenry Outdoor Theater? This unique classic cinema experience features all the nostalgia of a classic drive-in theater. You can watch 21st century blockbusters or enjoy favorites from the past. So pack the popcorn, bring a blanket and curl up under the stars for a unique viewing experience.
Get double the nostalgia during a movie at the Route 66 Drive In in Springfield. This restored movie theater along historic Route 66 gives visitors the chance to see new and classic movies in a unique setting.
In Chicago, the Millennium Park Summer Film Series takes place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. during June-August. Grab a seat in the pavilion or bring a picnic to the Great Lawn and enjoy the free outdoor movies at Chicago’s architectural gem, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
- June 21: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- June 28: Soul Food
- July 5: A League of Their Own
- July 12: Thelma & Louise
- July 19: Full Moon Double Feature – Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs (1991; R)
- July 26: Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration
- August 2: West Side Story
- August 9: Grease
- August 16: Finding Nemo
- August 23: Purple Rain
- August 30: Audience Choice – Favorite Chicago Film
Looking for more ways to spend your summer in Illinois? Visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
– Illinois Office of Tourism