Chicago Summer Movie Guide – 2017

I love settling into a darkened movie theater with my family and a ginormous bucket of popcorn. It doesn’t matter if we see a brand new release, or an old favorite movie, it’s just nice to escape for an hour or so into a different world. Bonus: it’s especially nice to escape from the heat or the rain, or a when you are desperate for a way to keep the kids entertained.

Of course, a trip to the movies can be expensive. Luckily, local theatres offer weekday specials during the summer with family-friendly movies at discounted prices.

Cinemark – Summer Movie Clubhouse

Admission for each movie is $1. Purchase a bundle of tickets to see 10 movies for only $5. All films are rated G or PG.

Locations & movie schedule:

One movie played each week in this order: The LEGO Batman Movie, Trolls, Shrek the 3rd, Goosebumps, The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania 2, Megamind, The Angry Birds Movie, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets

  • Evanston, Century 12 Evanston/CinéArts 6 & XD – Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 13
  • Melrose Park, Cinemark Melrose Park – Tuesdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 13
  • West Dundee, Cinemark Springhill Mall – Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 12

One movie played each week in this order: The Secret Life of Pets, The LEGO Batman Movie, Trolls, Shrek the 3rd, Goosebumps, The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania 2, Megamind, The Angry Birds Movie, Sing

  • Deer Park, Century 16 Deer Park – Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 7
  • Joliet, Cinemark Louis Joliet Mall – Monday-Thursday at 10:00 am beginning on June 5
  • Woodridge, Cinemark @ Seven Bridges – Wednesdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 10

Classic Cinemas – Wednesday Morning Movie Series

Admission is $1 per person.
Arrive at 9:00 am to meet characters and for games and activities. All movies start at 10:00 am.

Locations: Carpentersville, Downers Grove, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Fox Lake, Freeport, Kankakee, Naperville, North Riverside, Oak Park, St. Charles, & Woodstock

Movie schedule:

  • June 7 – Kung Fu Panda 3
  • June 14 – Storks
  • June 21 – Ice Age: Collision Course
  • June 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 5 – Monster Trucks
  • July 12 – Trolls
  • July 19 – Sing
  • July 26 – Rock Dog
  • August 2 – surprise movie
  • August 9 – surprise movie

Marcus Theaters – Kids Dream Summer Film Series

Admission is $3 per person. Popcorn is $2.75 and fountain drinks are $2.75.
Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Locations: Addison, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills, Elgin, Gurnee, and Orland Park

Movie schedule:

  • June 11, 12, 14 – Secret Life of Pets
  • June 18, 19, 21 – Rock Dog
  • June 25, 26, 28 – Sing
  • July 2, 3, 5 – A Dog’s Purpose
  • July 9, 10, 12 – The LEGO Batman Movie
  • July 16, 17, 19 – Trolls
  • July 23, 24, 26 – Monster Trucks
  • August 6, 7, 9 – Storks
  • August 13, 14, 16 – To be announced

Regal Theaters – Summer Movie Express

Admission is $1 per person and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Two movies shown each day.
Begins May 30 in Round Lake Beach, June 13 in Lake Zurich and Moline, and June 27 in Chicago.

Locations: Chicago, Lake Zurich, Moline, Round Lake Beach

Movie schedule:

  • Week 1: Kung Fu Panda 3 & Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Week 2: Trolls & Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 3: Monster Trucks & Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 4: Rio 2 & The Boxtrolls
  • Week 5: The Secret Life of Pets & Sing
  • Week 6: Kubo & the Two Strings & Ratchet & Crank
  • Week 7: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8: Happy Feet 2 & Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Week 9: Storks & The LEGO Batman Movie

Studio Movie Grill – Children’s Summer Series

$3 per person.
Monday through Friday at 11:00 am

Locations: Chicago, Wheaton

Movie schedule in Chicago:

  • June 26-30 – Trolls
  • July 3-7 – Horton Hears a Who
  • July 10-14 – Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 17-21 – Shrek the 3rd
  • July 24-28 – Madagascar
  • July 31-August 4 – The Peanuts Movie
  • August 7-11 – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • August 14-18 – Chicken Run
  • August 21-25 – Home
  • August 28-September 1 – Monsters v. Aliens

Movie schedule in Wheaton:

  • June 5-9 – How to Train Your Dragon
  • June 12-16 – Rio
  • June 19-23 – Turbo
  • June 26-30 – Trolls
  • July 3-7 – Horton Hears a Who
  • July 10-14 – Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 17-21 – Shrek the 3rd
  • July 24-28 – Madagascar
  • July 31-August 4 – The Peanuts Movie
  • August 7-11 – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • August 14-18 – Chicken Run

Special Needs Screenings

AMC – Sensory Friendly Films

Movies are offered on a monthly basis on Saturdays at 10:00 am. Lights are up, sound is down, and audience members are invited to walk, dance, sing, or shout.

Locations: Chicago, Barrington, Lake in the Hills, Naperville, New Lenox, Niles, Northbrook, Skokie, Yorktown

Movie schedule:

  • May 23 – Alien: Covenant
  • May 27 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • June 10 – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • June 13 – Wonder Woman
  • June 24 – Cars 3
  • June 27 – Transformers: The Last Knight
  • July 8 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 11 – The House
  • July 22 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • July 25 – War for the Planet of the Apes
  • August 8 – The Emoji Movie

Marcus Theatres – Reel Movies for Real Needs

One Saturday each month at 10:30 am a select first run movie is run with families of children with special needs in mind. Lights are up and sound is lower than normal. Regular matinee pricing applies.

Locations: Addison, Bloomington

Movie schedule:

  • May 6 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • May 20 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul
  • May 27 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale
  • June 3 – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • June 17 – Cars 3
  • July 1 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 8 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Studio Movie Grill – SMG Special Needs Screening

Special Needs Screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings; adults are $6. Lights are up, sound is down, and children are free to move around, talk, or dance in the aisles during the movie.

Location: Wheaton

Movie schedule:

  • May 27 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
  • June 3 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale
  • June 10 – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • June 17 – Wonder Woman
  • June 24 – Cars 3
  • July 8 – Despicable Me 3

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