Another drive-in theater is popping up in the Chicagoland area.
While theaters in Chicago were granted permission to reopen at the beginning of Phase 4, there are still some that remain closed to the public. Furthermore, even with restrictions in place and other social distancing guidelines upheld, some Chicagoans are still a little hesitant to return to the movie theater. As a result, the Windy City has seen a recent influx of outdoor drive-in cinemas, including the most recent, CHI-Together Drive-In Movies & Music, set to open at Solder Field this Wednesday.
Before the pandemic, the closest outdoor cinemas to Chicago were located in McHenry and Gibson City, Illinois. However, in the past few weeks, Chicago has seen a number of drive-in theaters pop up — first around the city — including the Seat Geek Stadium’s screenings in Bridgeview — then in Chicago proper — with Lincoln Yards brand new drive-in theatre.
Now, another drive-in theater is coming to town. This week, CHI-Together, a Socially-Safe Entertainment Experience will begin screening movies at Soldier Field.
“Mixing music entertainment and movies in a nightly entertainment EXPERIENCE in the heart of Chicago! Come out for pre-show entertainment followed by your favorite movies from Chicago Classics to “Blockbuster” Hits at Chicago’s Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre: CHI-Together: Socially Safe Entertainment,” the company wrote on its website.
The cinema will begin their screenings this Wednesday, July 8, with a showing of Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day — a classic film starring Bill Murray as a cynical weatherman who falls into a timeloop when covering the Groundhog Day event in a small town in Pennsylvania. For some, it probably resembled the repetitiveness of their own quarantine routine over the past few months.
Each ticket comes with free popcorn and is good for a 12×8 ft. spot for up to 6 people. You can either buy a VEHICLE ticket if you’re pulling in an automobile, or opt for a PEDESTRIAN ticket if not. Although there are limited PEDESTRIAN tickets available.
Other screenings taking place this week includes Chicago-shot Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Thursday, Fast and Furious on Friday, Grease on Saturday, and closing out the week with a Shrek feature Sunday night.
Gates open this Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by music provided by Fig Media until 8:30 pm with the feature film begins.
[Featured image via CHI-Together’s Facebook page]