'Julie & Julia' is This Week's Free Movie in Millennium Park

By David Matthews | April 17, 2017 8:09am | Updated on June 26, 2017 12:32pm

DOWNTOWN — "Julie & Julia" is this week's free movie in Millennium Park.  

The popular summer film series will return Tuesday night with the 2009 comedy-drama starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The screening will precede next week's Taste of Chicago festival in Grant Park. 

"Julie & Julia" contrasts the early career of celebrity chef Julia Child (Streep) with that of unsatisfied New Yorker Julie Powell (Adams), who aspires to find happiness by cooking all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook within 365 days. Streep was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance.

The movie is rated "PG-13" and runs 2 hours and 3 minutes. The showing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

This year's slate of free movies in Chicago's showcase Millennium Park includes classics as well as recent blockbusters. 

2017 Best Picture nominees "Hidden Figures" and "La La Land" are among this summer's free movies in Millennium Park, and so are "Snow White" and "Wayne's World."

The series will also include "The Shining"; the 1990 Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze drama "Ghost"; and "El Norte," the series' first Spanish language film.

A summer favorite in Chicago, the weekly film series is one of many free events that now make Millennium Park the top tourist attraction in the Midwest. The park drew 12.9 million guests in the second half of last year, city officials said.

The movies will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., unless otherwise noted. The series is presented by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and supported by the Millennium Park Foundation. All films will be shown with English subtitles.

Here's the full lineup:

June 27: "Julie & Julia" (2009; rated PG-13; 123 minutes)

July 11: "El Norte" (1983; rated R for some disturbing violent content and brief language; 141 minutes)

July 18: "La La Land" (2016; rated PG-13; 128 minutes)

July 25: "Network" (1976; rated R for strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of violence; 121 minutes)

Aug. 1: "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002; rated PG-13; 112 minutes)

Aug. 8 "Full Moon" double feature:

• "Ghost" (1990; rated PG-13; 127 minutes)

• "The Shining" (1980; rated R for strong violence, strong language; 144 minutes)

Aug. 15: "Hidden Figures" (2016; rated PG; 127 minutes)

Aug. 22: "The Five Heartbeats" (1991; rated R for language, some sexual content; 122 minutes)

10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" 80th Anniversary family daytime screening (1937; rated G; 83 minutes)

Aug. 29: "The Princess Bride" (1987; rated PG; 98 minutes)

Sept. 5: "Wayne's World" (1992; rated PG-13; 95 minutes)

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"La La Land" will be shown on Juy 18.

"Hidden Figures" will be shown Aug. 15.