A trip with the family to go see a drive-in movie should be on everyone’s summer bucket list! There’s something so fun about stocking up on your favorite movie snacks to see an awesome movie together… all from your own car. There are some really great options for drive-in movie events all around Chicagoland. Don’t forget to pack some extra-comfy pillows and blankets. Then, get ready for some magical movie moments under the stars!
Where to See Drive-In Movies: Summer 2022
2343 S. Throop Street
Chicago, IL 60608
The movies are already running at this spot! From blockbusters to classics, ChiTown Movies always has a good flick available for the family. They also offer a nice assortment of food and drinks that can be pre-ordered and then delivered right to your car so you can enjoy your movie.
Route 34 Drive-In
4468 E. 12th Road – Old Route 34
Earlville, IL 60518
Typically open April through October, they open at 6:30pm with movies starting at 7:15pm. Concessions are available (including real buttered popcorn) and they are a cash-only venue. Their Facebook page is the place to check for the most up-to-date information.
McHenry Outdoor Theater – Golden Age Cinemas
1510 N. Chapel Hill Road
Lakemoor, IL 60051
Located 45-60 minutes from Chicago’s west suburbs, depending on where you’re located. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the gate. They offer typical concession fare as well as fun glow bracelets/necklaces. Movies alternate between family favorites and classics. They’re selling 2022 season passes for May-November, if you plan on frequenting often!
675 N. Calumet Avenue
This theater is generally a little over an hour from the western suburbs (depending on where you live). They should be announcing their spring/summer movie schedule soon, and typically offer two movies a night on the weekends, including lots of family classics. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date info.
38 N. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Plan your own drive-in or outdoor movie experience with Moo-V-Night, an outdoor movie company based out of Westmont. They provide and set up the screen, audio and projection equipment all over the western suburbs, accommodating groups of ten and up! You select the movie, they take care of the rest. Call for pricing information.
Cascade Drive-In – closed, but we are rooting for their comeback!
1100 N. Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
Check Cascade’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on the coming season. We hope to see this classic drive-in movie theater up and running soon! Typically, they offer movies from April through December, including double features. Snack stand with Chicago-style hot dogs and handmade tamales, too!
For more inspiration, check out Kidlist’s outdoor fun page. You’ll find all kinds of things to do with the kids all summer long!