We are now in the Dog Days of August. What better way to cool down than to watch a movie at one of Chicago's great parks. Be sure to catch one of these movies before summer ends. Plus, you need to relax after Lollapalooza weekend.
Before you go, please call the specific park advisor in order to find out whether or not the bathroom facilities will be opened at the park during the showing of the movie. I do not want for you to end up being in the next TikTok viral video running around frantically looking for the closest bathroom that is actually open.
Also, do not forget to bring a lawn chair or a blanket so that you will be comfortable throughout the entire movie. All of the movies will begin at around 8:15 PM CST, which means that you will probably need to bring a flashlight along with your snacks.
Without further ado, here is the Chicago Movies in the Parks schedule for this week.
Tuesday, August 3rd
Raya and the Last Dragon - Churchill Field Playlot Park - 1825 N. Damen Avenue. This animated movie from Disney was released earlier this year. The movie is about the ancient land of Kumandra in which Raya must find the last dragon left in the land so that they can defeat the evil Druun.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part - West Lawn Park - 4233 W. 65th Street. The Lego Movie 2 is a sequel from the smash hit from 2014. Unfortunately, they are showing the Second Part instead of the original Lego Movie.
Wednesday, August 4th
X Men: Dark Phoenix - Louis Anderson Park - 3748 S. Prairie Avenue. X Men: Dark Phoenix focuses primarily upon Jean Grey as this is an origin story on how she became the Phoenix. She unleashes all kinds of power and energy that she cannot control because of emotional trauma experienced as a child. Although this movie was made in 2019, the way that Jean Grey flies off of the handle in this one was probably a precautionary tale of the phenomenon of the "Karen" that has taken over during this pandemic. Stay away from crazy women!
Onward - Nicholas Senn Park - 5887 N. Ridge Avenue. Onward is a Pixar animated movie that was released last year. The movie is about the Lightfoot elves that go on an adventure by learning spells so that they can see their dead father one last time.
Thursday, August 5th
The Lion King - Union Park - 1501 W. Randolph Street. The Lion King movie that the Chicago Park District will be showing at Union Park is the live adaptation celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Disney-animated movie that started it all. The live version is way better because most of this movie's soundtrack has songs from Beyonce.
The Croods: A New Age - Joseph Gill Park - 825 W. Sheridan Road. The Croods: A New Age is the animated sequel of the caveman family known as the Croods. The sequel has more of the caveman jokes that you loved from the first movie.
Friday, August 6th
The Karate Kid - Norwood Park - 5801 N. Natoma Avenue. The classic that we all know and love will be shown at Norwood Park. We will never get enough of Daniel-san learning karate so that he can defeat all of the members from Cobra Kai. "Wax on, wax off." Plus, you can brush up on all of these old moves in case you may come in contact with a Karen.
Aladdin - William Rowan Park - 11546 S. Avenue L. This Aladdin is the live adaptation of the Disney animated classic.
Black Panther - James Garfield Park - 100 N. Central Park Avenue. This movie brought the fictional Wakanda to life. The movie is about the origin of the superhero Black Panther, portrayed by the late, great Chadwick Boseman. Michael B. Jordan is absolutely awesome as Killmonger, the villain in this movie. "Is this your king?"
Saturday, August 7th
Trolls: World Tour - Veterans Memorial Park - 2820 E. 90th Street. Trolls: World Tour is the animated sequel of the Trolls movie. In this movie, the Trolls World is separated into different kingdoms based upon various genres of music. Of course, rock music tries to take over the rest of the world. This movie sounds like when rockers put an end to disco in the 1970's.
A Wrinkle in Time - Loyola Park - 1230 W. Greenleaf Avenue. This movie is a sci-fi adventure in which a child searches for her father who is being held hostage in space.
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