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May 8, 2014

Millennium Park Announces 2nd Annual Summer Film Series

Favorite films to be presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen

Jamey Lundblad     312.744.2493 jamey.lundblad@cityofchicago.org

Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series, Tuesdays, June 24–August 26 at 6:30pm. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. This year’s lineup includes blockbusters, award-winning documentaries, family classics and more.

Ghostbusters • June 24
(PG, 105 mins)
A special tribute to Chicago filmmaker Harold
Ramis
 
Top Gun • July 1
(PG, 110 mins)
With a special pre-screening program by the USO
 
20 Feet from Stardom • July 8
(PG-13, 91 mins)
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best
Documentary
 
O Brother, Where Art Thou? • July 15
(PG-13, 106 mins)
 
Field of Dreams • July 22
(PG, 107 mins)
This is Spinal Tap • July 29
(R*, 82 mins)
Presented with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, and
generous support from Music Box Theatre
 
The Birdcage • August 5
(R*, 117 mins)
 
American Graffiti • August 12
(PG, 110 mins)
Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture and Best
Director George Lucas
 
Dreamgirls • August 19
(PG-13, 130 mins)
Featuring the Academy Award-winning
performance by Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson
 
The Wizard of Oz • August 26
(G-102 mins)
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of this family
classic
 
*Rated R for language and sexual references

All film are FREE and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. The Summer Film Series is co-curated with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Additionally, Millennium Park will present other FREE films, simulcasts, videocasts and documentaries throughout the summer on the outdoor screen at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Millennium Park Presents, May 25–September 19 (select dates), is a series of one-night-only performances curated by DCASE to showcase symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more—performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. This summer’s lineup includes the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Simulcast of their Summer Series performed at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Friday, June 6 at 8pm; a special Madame Butterfly Videocast on Sunday, July 6 at 6pm; The Audience Videocast on Sunday, July 27 at 6pm; and a Chicago Dancing Festival Simulcast from the Harris Theater on Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm.

Chicago Bike Week is a citywide celebration of cycling June 13–20, with several FREE activities at the Park presented by DCASE and Goose Island Beer Company including Bike Chicago Film: Rushmore on Monday, June 16, 8:30pm. For details, visit bikechicago.us.

Also to be presented this summer is Jens Jensen The Living Green on Thursday, June 19 at 8pm. Millennium Park will partner with WTTW11 (PBS) for a public screening of this award-winning documentary about the life of Jens Jensen, a conservation hero who risked his career to create some of Chicago's most iconic parks and to save the Indiana Dunes. Join director Carey Lundin, WTTW11’s Geoffrey Baer and Lurie Garden designer Piet Oudolf for a discussion of Jensen’s influence on Chicago and its history. For details, visit luriegarden.org.

Chicago’s acclaimed outdoor classical music festival—the Grant Park Music Festival, June 11–August 16—celebrates its 80th season this year, with the Grammy® Award-nominated Grant Park Orchestra led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Chorus Director Christopher Bell, in a summer of world premieres, Festival favorites, world-renowned guest artists, a weeklong composer-in-residency and two visiting youth symphonies. Audiences will not want to miss The Blue Planet in Concert on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30pm. After thrilling audiences with Planet Earth and Frozen Planet in Concert, composer-conductor George Fenton returns to the Grant Park Music Festival with his symphonic score to accompany some of the most spectacular underwater images ever seen, from the BBC/Discovery Channel series, shown on the Park’s state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen, 10 years to the date of the Park’s opening (July 16, 2004). For details, visit gpmf.org.

The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration will feature dozens of FREE events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more.

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 millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @Millennium_Park.

 

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.

 

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