Summer Outdoor Movies {2018}

After the winter that never wants to end, it’s hard to imagine being outside for more than 15 minutes, let alone watching a movie outside! But if all goes as planned, summer should arrive in June! Once it does, what better way to celebrate than watching a family movie outside under the stars? Lucky for us, many Lake County communities show movies — for free — outside in parks and at community pools*.

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Check out this fabulous list of summer outdoor movies and let us know if there are any others we’re missing. *Please check admission rates for movies shown at pools; most require an admission fee. Of course all outdoor movies are weather dependent so pleas be sure to check with the host site if you are unsure about the weather policy. Some move indoors and some cancel. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes to the schedule after publishing or cancellations due to weather.

Outdoor Movies in Lake County


June Free Outdoor Movies

June 1 Lake Zurich – Paulus Park 8:30 p.m. – The Nut Job 2
June 1 Northbrook Park District – Village Green 7:30 p.m. – The Sandlot
June 2 Waconda Park District – Cook Memorial Park 8:30 p.m. Despicable Me 3
June 13 Flick & Float at Family Aquatic Center, Vernon Hills 7:30 p.m. – admission $4; children under age three are free. – TBD
June 15 Hawthorn Woods – Community Park starting at dusk – LEGO Ninjago Movie
June 15 Wildwood – Rule Park 7:00 p.m. – Moana
June 21 Mundelein – Community Park 8:30 p.m. – TBD
June 22 Round Lake – Hart’s Park starting at dusk – Peter Rabbit
June 23 Buffalo Grove – Willow Stream Park  starting at dusk – Despicable Me 3
June 29 Lake Bluff Pool 6:00-8:00 p.m. movie is free with regular admission – TBD
June 29 Vernon Hills Deerpath Park 8:00 p.m. – TBD

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July Free Outdoor Movies

July 6 Lake Zurich – Paulus Park 8:30 p.m. – Despicable Me 3
July 6 Buffalo Grove – Willow Stream Park starting at dusk – The Nut Job 2
July 14 Grayslake – Family Aquatic Center 8:30 p.m. – TBD
July 19
Mundelein – Community Park 8:30 p.m. – TBD
July 20 Hawthorn Woods – Community Park starting at dusk – Smurfs: The Lost Village
July 20 Round Lake Beach – Sports Center Park starting at dusk – Coco
July 27 Buffalo Grove – Willow Stream Park  starting at dusk – Sherlock Gnomes
July 27 Vernon Hills – Deerpath Park 8:00 p.m. – TBD
July 27 Waukegan – Clearview Park – starting at dusk – Sing

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August Free Outdoor Movies

August 3 Waukegan – Waukegan Beach starting at dusk – Zootopia
August 9
Mundelein – Community Park 8:30 p.m. – TBD
August 10 Round Lake – Townline Park starting at dusk – Space Jam
August 10 Waukegan – Country Lane Park starting at dusk The Greatest Showman
August 17 Hawthorn Woods – Community Park starting at dusk – The Emoji Movie
August 31 Vernon Hills – Deerpath Park  8:00 p.m. – TBD

For daily outdoor movies all summer long, make the trip to Golden Age Cinemas – McHenry Outdoor Theater. Admission fees apply. Read Shelby’s full review.

Where is your family’s favorite place to see a movie in the park?

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