The Screen at Millennium Park — Photo courtesy of City of ChicagoChicagoans don’t waste their days during the warm summer months because they know they are fleeting - which is why the new, huge video screen at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is yet another reason to head outdoors. The screen (affectionately and cleverly being called “The Screen”) will be showing free weekly movie screenings and park officials are hoping to bring live sporting and music events from around the world soon, too.
Another view of The Screen — Photo courtesy of City of ChicagoThe Screen is a state-of-the-art, portable 40 by 23-foot video display unit which is comparable to the size of some Chicago apartments. Sound will be projected from the Pavilion’s state-of-the-art sound system.
As of the summer of 2013, Chicago boasts one of only two such screens in the country.
Each season’s theme will change with the inaugural season schedule being set for a total of ten films showing every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm until August 20. This season's theme is musicals and visitors will enjoy films like Singing in the Rain, Moulin Rouge and Dream Girls.
Sitting on the lawn at Millennium Park watching a movie on The Screen — Photo courtesy of City of ChicagoThe Millennium Park Film Series is free admission, but seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Lawn seating may reach capacity, so give yourself enough time to find a great spot and enjoy a little picnic before the film begins.
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. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North. Public transportation is an easy and affordable option, too.