Chicago’s First Drive-In Movie Theater Opens

11 June 2020

Drive-in movie theater
Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism on Flickr


The rumors have been circulating for weeks, and finally we have answers. Chicago’s first and only drive-in movie theater is finally here. After the suburban McHenry Outdoor Theater opened to staggering demand and even more outstanding success, Chicagoans were clamoring for something similar within the city’s limits, and Chicago Drive-In happily obliged. 

Chicago Drive-In is operating its first drive-in theater at the ChiTown Futbol facility in Pilsen, located at 2342 South Throop Street. The theater’s premier film, Star Wars: A New Hope, will play every night at 8:50 PM and 11:50 PM daily through Monday (June 22). 

Tickets will be $33 per car for five adults, with an additional $5 charge per additional adult, and food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are available online or by phone. Movies are played on the theater’s 60-by-40-foot screen with audio played through cars’ FM radios. Cars are assigned parking spots (with only 107 spots available) and all spots at least six feet apart. Moviegoers are also required to wear masks when exiting their vehicle. 

A second drive-in theater location will be quick to follow. The second location, operating in Bridgeview at SeatGeek Stadium at 7000 South Harlem Avenue, will open June 11 by screening Goonies. The Bridgeview drive-in will have family friendly features shown every night at 8:30 PM (with doors opening at 7 PM), and R-rated midnight features on Fridays and Saturdays. 

To learn more about the drive-in and to view a full list of features and showtimes, visit their website