Pack the Popcorn and a Picnic for Movies in the Parks
One of the coolest things that the Chicago Park District ever decided to do was to create an outdoor movie series that could be seen in smaller, neighborhood parks.
Beginning June 12 at dusk, screenings of current and classic movies start in more than 130 parks. The outdoor movie series will run through Sept. 1.
It's important to check the schedule to see when and what is playing in your neighborhood. Several of the showings include newer films such as Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa. Many screenings will feature closed captions.
Of course, admission is free to every film. Thus, it's one of the most cost-effective fun you can have with friends at the movies.
Families should plan ahead to make the experience four-star: pack a dinner picnic, snacks and bring lawn chairs. (While blankets are great for little kids, 90 or more minutes on the hard ground can be a little trying on adult backs and bottoms.