This afternoon, the Chicago Park District finally announced the schedule for their 2011 Movies in the Park season. These free events will kick off on June 14 and run through Sep. 16. So break out your best picnic blanket, pack some movie snacks and get ready for another season of summer movies.
We've narrowed down the selection of around 100 movies (several of which will be shown multiple times) to some of the top picks for this season. Click here for the full schedule.
Relive the '80s: Take a trip back to the days of John Hughes, corny soundtracks and "aw shucks" endings with these flicks from the 1980s.
• Airplane! - June 14 at Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St.
• The Karate Kid - June 16 at Altgeld Park, 515 S. Washtenaw Ave.
• Dirty Dancing - June 21 at Belmont Harbor, Belmont and Lakeshore Dr.
• E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - July 12 at Fulton River Park, 601 W. Kinzie St.
• Ferris Bueller's Day Off - July 13 at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
• Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - July 16 at Jonquil Park, 1023 W. Wrightwood Ave.
• Coming to America - July 30 at DuSable Park, 740 E. 56th Pl.
• Back to the Future - Aug. 6 at Harold Washington Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
• Sixteen Candles - Aug. 17 at The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
• Top Gun - Aug. 18 at Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St.
• Raiders of the Lost Ark - Aug. 25 at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Animated Fun: Kids will love the adorable characters in these family-friendly animated films, many of which are smart enough to include plenty of jokes that Mom and Dad will enjoy, too.
• Despicable Me - June 16 at Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St.
• Shrek Forever After - June 17 at Shedd Park, 3660 W. 23rd St.
• Megamind - June 23 at Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd Pl.
• How to Train Your Dragon - July 15 at Green Briar Park, 2650 W. Peterson Ave.
• Space Jam - Aug. 2 at Gill Park, 825 W. Sheridan Rd.
• Up - Aug. 2 at Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St.
• The Princess and the Frog - Aug. 9 at Fulton River Park, 601 W. Kinzie St.
• Toy Story 3 - Aug. 18 at Women's Park, 1801 S. Indiana Ave.
• Wall-E - Aug.31 at Willye White Park, 1610 W Howard St.
• Tangled - Sep. 9 at Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St.
New Releases: As usual, the Chicago Park District will be showing some of the hottest flicks from the last year, including some Academy Award-winning films.
• Iron Man 2 - June 20 at Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
• Grown Ups - June 24 at Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St.
• Catfish - June 29 at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.
• Furry Vengeance - June 30 at Wentworth Park, 5626 S. Mobile Ave.
• Inception - July 1 at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr.
• The Social Network - July 5 at Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St.
• Salt - July 19 at Montgomery Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St.
• Twilight: Eclipse - July 22 at Meyering Park, 7140 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
• True Grit - July 28 at Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
• Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - Aug. 15 at Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave.
Photo by BluEyedA73, flickr