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River North 'Movies in the Park' Survey Asks Residents to Pick Flicks

 Chicagoans gather for a neighborhood movie screening.
Chicagoans gather for a neighborhood movie screening.
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RIVER NORTH — Beat the winter blues with thoughts of picnics and parks: River North's annual Movies in the Park program wants your votes for its annual summer movie series.

The River North Residents Association, which has funded the free screenings since 2006, is hosting an online survey through March 14 where residents can vote on what movies they'd like to see screened at A. Montgomery Ward Park this summer.

The categories include Academy Award-winning movies ("The Artist," "As Good As It Gets," "The King's Speech" and "The Sting"), 2013 releases ("Gravity," "The Butler," "Lost Vegas" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") and musicals ("Chicago," "Les Miserables," "Hairspray" and "Little Shop of Horrors").

Sports movies and family-oriented films including current blockbuster "The Lego Movie" are also put to a vote, as is a new category this year — "We Love Tom Hanks Movies" — which includes classics like "Big," "Apollo 13," "A League of Their Own" and the recent "Captain Phillips."

The movies will be screened for free throughout the summer at the park, starting at sunset. Free popcorn will be made onsite, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Alcohol and dogs are not permitted in the park.