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April 17, 2017

Millennium Park Summer Film Series Lineup Features Its First Spanish-Language Film and First Daytime Film

Chicago favorite summer series returns; city to show 14 features this year with a film for everyone

Mary May    312.744.0576, mary.may@cityofchicago.org

Christine Carrino    312.744.0573, christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

The popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. This year’s line-up kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, the second place finisher in last year’s audience choice vote. Highlights include: Caddyshack presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; a 30th Anniversary screening of The Princess Bride; a Full Moon Double Feature with Ghost and The Shining; a 25th Anniversary screening of Wayne’s World; and a special daytime showing of the 1937 classic Snow White on Thursday, August 24. The series also includes Millennium Park’s first Spanish-language film with the presentation of El Norte on July 11.

Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

 

The full Summer Film Series:

The Blues Brothers – June 13

(1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 132 minutes)

The classic Chicago film about Jake and Elwood Blues and their “mission from God” was the second place finisher in last years’ audience choice vote. The screening is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Blues Festival, happening June 9–11, in its new location in Millennium Park.

 

Caddyshack – June 20

Presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

(1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 98 minutes)

It will be an evening of fun and mayhem when the young caddies, golfers and Carl, the Golf Course Grounds Keeper, take on Bushwood Country Club. The screening is presented by the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, happening June 27–July 2 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

 

Julie and Julia – June 27

(2009, rated PG-13, 123 minutes)

Just in time for the upcoming Taste of Chicago, this July 5–9 in Grant Park. Julia Child and Julie Powell find their lives intertwined and discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

 

El Norte – July 11

(1983, rated R for some disturbing violent content and brief language, 141 minutes)

Screened in Spanish with English subtitles

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution in their home Guatemala and journey north through Mexico and on to the United States. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.” The film’s relevancy today serves to remind us of Chicago’s status as a welcoming city.

 

La La Land – July 18

(2016, rated PG-13, 128 minutes)

Inspired by classic Hollywood musicals but set in modern day Los Angeles, this film about everyday life asks what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight? Emma Stone won the Oscar Award for best actress in a leading role.

 

Network – July 25

(1976, rated R for strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of violence, 121 minutes)

In this lauded satire on the news media, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale’s angry televised rant turn into a huge ratings boost for the UBS network, but at what cost? The film is still relevant in today’s 24-hour news culture.

 

Bend it Like Beckham – August 1

(2002, rated PG-13, 112 minutes)

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham follows two 18-year-olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer, from kick-abouts in the park to free kicks in the Final.

 

FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE: Ghost and The Shining – August 8

Ghost

(1990, rated PG-13, 127 minutes)

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. When Sam is murdered by a friend and corrupt business partner over a shady business deal, his powerless spirit seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown to set things right and protect Molly.

 

The Shining

(1980, rated R for strong violence, strong language, 144 minutes)

Frustrated writer Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. However, when he arrives with his wife and son, they soon discover the hotel is more than just isolated.

 

Hidden Figures – August 15

(2016, rated PG, 127 minutes)

The three-time Oscar Award-nominated film about the incredible, untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains in the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Air and Water Show, happening August 19 and 20.

 

Five Heartbeats – August 22

Presented by Sound Opinions

(1991, rated R for language, some sexual content, 122 minutes)

The film follow the highs and lows as a quintet of hopeful young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats in the 1960s.

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Family Daytime Screening

Thursday, August 24 at 11am

(1937, rated G, 83 minutes)

In celebration of Disney’s first animated feature film, join us for a special daytime screening of this classic tale. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. When the Evil Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. The film is presented in conjunction with Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival, happening June 19–August 24.

 

The Princess Bride – August 29

(1987, rated PG, 98 minutes)

A very special 30th Anniversary screening of the classic tale of love and adventure featuring the beautiful Buttercup, her brave Westley, a bumbling prince, an accomplished swordsman, a super strong giant and a cast of fairytale characters.

 

Wayne’s World – September 5

(1992, rated PG-13, 95 minutes)

25th Anniversary of the megahit about two slacker friends, Wayne and Garth who are trying to promote their public-access cable show and end up on a rock and roll adventure!

 

The FREE admission Summer Film Series is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is provided by the Millennium Park Foundation. All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.

Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest--and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S.—due to the Park’s volume of free and family-friendly activities offered each summer. 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. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.

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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.

 

Millennium Park Foundation

The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic not-for-profit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction and management of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free and accessible venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.