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Movies in the Park Chicago schedule 8/17 - 8/21

Adrian Holman

We are smack dab in the middle of the Dog Days of August. This summer has been exhausting, but you will be able to recharge this week by checking out a movie at a park in Chicago. The Chicago Movies in the Park series sponsored by the Chicago Park District is back again this week, so do not forget to bring your lawn chairs, your blankets, and your snacks.

All of the movies this week will begin at 8 PM CST. Before you go, please contact the park supervisor to find out whether or not the bathroom facilities will be open throughout the movie. I do not want for you to be in a situation where your body is screaming at you, "I gotta go!" like in that Lenny Kravitz song 'American Woman', but the bathroom door is locked.

Here is the schedule for this week. Please plan accordingly.

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Tuesday, August 17th

The Greatest Showman - River Park - 5100 North Francisco Avenue. The Greatest Showman is based upon the true story of P.T. Barnum, who went on to create Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1800's, the greatest circus created in American history. The movie is in the form of a musical, so this movie is filled with A-listers like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. Jackman plays Barnum in this movie.

The Croods: A New Age - James Garfield Park - 100 North Central Park Avenue. This movie is the sequel to the animated hit The Croods. Watch America's beloved family of cavemen have to adapt to a new era. This movie sort of mirrors real life on how some people throughout the world have not been able to adapt, which has allowed for the pandemic to continue.

Wednesday, August 18th

The Croods: A New Age - Phillip Rogers Park - 7345 North Washtenaw. If you missed The Croods: A New Age at Garfield Park on Tuesday, then you can catch it on Wednesday at Rogers Park. The lesson of this movie is that we must learn to stop acting like the Neanderthals of the past.

The Karate Kid - Philip Henry Sheridan Park - 910 South Aberdeen Street. "Wax on, wax off!" The crane kick never gets old. Watching Daniel-san take out Kobra Kai is always enjoyable. Plus, the showing of this movie is at Sheridan Park is sort of a coincidence since General Sherman's march through the South in a rout is reminiscent of Daniel-San winning each tournament match against Kobra Kai. "You're the best, the best!"

Thursday, August 19th

The Goonies - Oriole Park - 5430 North Olcott Street. This '80's classic is about some teenagers that go on an adventure looking for treasure.

Hidden Figures - West Pullman Park - 401 West 123rd Street. This movie is based upon the true story of three female African-American mathematicians that worked for NASA during the 1960's. Due to their calculations, astronaut John Glenn was the first person to orbit the Earth in space. The film is loaded with stars (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, and Aldis Hodge).

Friday, August 20th

Shrek - Joseph Haas Park - 2402 North Washtenaw Avenue. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the animated phenomenon known as Shrek.

Aladdin - Potter Palmer Park - 201 East 111th Street. This Aladdin movie is the real-life remade version of the animated classic.

Saturday, August 21st

Dolittle - Alexander Hamilton Park - 513 West 72nd Street. This is the 2020 remake based upon the story of Dr. Dolittle, who is portrayed in this movie by Robert Downey, Jr. Dr. Dolittle was able to communicate with the animal kingdom.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Bernard Eckhart Park - 1330 West Chicago Avenue. Come celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the best movies that was ever made because it was about kids ditching school. "Bueller, Bueller."

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