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ChiFilmFest at the Drive-in!

Join our social distanced Gala and World Premiere presentations at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In in Pilsen!

Drive-In Ticket Prices

Tickets are available on the individual film pages, accessible from the list below. For drive-in screenings, we recommend arriving an hour before showtime.

Screening Type Members General
Opening Night Sceening
$60 $75
Regular Screenings
See individual film pages for exact price
$30-60 $30-75
Closing Night Screening
$85 $100

One ticket per car. All ticketing fees are included in prices. Maximum 6 people per car.
NOTE: Tickets must be purchased in advance. No in-person sales done at the Drive-in. 

Location

ChiTown Movies Drive-In
2343 S Throop St., Chicago, IL 60608

Concessions

One complimentary bucket of popcorn will be given to each car! Additional Food and beverage can be ordered on-site from ChiTown Grille, famous for its wings and tacos. Also available: movie theater popcorn, candy, and great healthy options, including organic frozen mangos, heart-healthy nuts, and Lifeway Frozen Kefir. Food will be delivered right to your vehicle. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Order food from ChiTown Grill

Drive-In Parking Map

Drive-in Screenings Map
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Drive-in Screenings

Wed, Oct 14 @ 6:30pm

Belushi

Belushi

R. J. Cutler  |  United States
Streaming
Drive-in
By age 30, John Belusihi conquered Hollywood as one of the founding cast members of Saturday Night Live and the star of The Blues Brothers. But as his fame grew, so did his struggles with substance abuse, leading to an untimely demise that shocked fans around the world. Through previously unheard audiotapes featuring the voices of collaborators, friends, and family, this fitting tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent captures the complicated essence of an American icon.

Thurs, Oct 15 @ 7:00pm

Belushi

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Spike Lee | United States
Drive-in Only
In this one-of-a-kind concert film, Oscar-winning director Spike Lee brings the Talking Heads frontman’s critically acclaimed Broadway show to vivid life. Recorded during its recent run in New York City, the production sees Byrne joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe—including Chicago bassist Bobby Wooten III and Milwaukee […]

Thurs, Oct 15 @ 10:15pm

The Dark and the Wicked

The Dark and the Wicked

Bryan Bertino | United States
Drive-in Only
After adult siblings Louise and Michael return to their family farm to say goodbye to their dying father and comfort their distressed mother, they’re overwhelmed by an unstoppable evil that threatens to consume them all. The Dark and the Wicked taps into deep anxieties about our responsibilities to our loved ones—even as it plunges us ever further into a harrowing waking nightmare. Co-presented with Music Box Theatre’s “31 Nights of Terror at the drive-in” series.

Fri, Oct 16 @ 7:00pm

Bad Hair

Bad Hair

Justin Simien | United States
Drive-in Only
In this hilarious horror satire set in 1989, an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television, but her flourishing career comes at a cost when she realizes that her new hairstyle might have a mind of its own. As he did with his auspicious debut […]

Sat, Oct 17 @ 6:30pm

Ammonite

Ammonite

Francis Lee | United Kingdom
Drive-in Only
In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of […]

Sun, Oct 18 @ 6:30pm

The Road Up

The Road Up

Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel | United States
Streaming
Drive-in
From the award-winning team behind the Chicago International Film Festival hit documentary Louder than a Bomb comes this inspiring and emotional film following Jesse Teverbaugh, a charismatic leader at the job-training program Cara, as he mentors four Chicagoans during their precarious journey from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration to stable employment.

Fri, Oct 23 @ 6:30pm

One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami

Regina King | United States
Streaming
Drive-in
Adapted from the award-winning play of the same name, One Night in Miami is a fictional account of the incredible night in 1964 when underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall—Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Sat, Oct 24 @ 6:30pm

Nomadland

Nomadland

Chloé Zhao | United States
Drive-in Only
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, Nomadland features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Bring your ticket (either printed or on your phone) and our team will check your tickets with a contactless check-in scanner, respecting social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn throughout check-in process.We will direct you to your parking spot, and wait for showtime. After you safely park your car in your viewing space, you may remove your mask inside your vehicle. Outside seating is not permitted. Our audio is quality FM stereo sound that is tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. All sales are final, no refunds. The show goes on, rain or shine! Drive-in tickets are valid entry for one vehicle.

Each ticket is assigned a section. Within each section, parking is on a first-come, first-served with the exception of larger / taller vehicles that may obstruct the view of cars behind them.

For a swift check-in experience, we ask that you follow the instructions from our Front of House team.

No. All ticket sales are available only via online advance sales.

If you arrive later than 15 minutes before for the screening start time (for instance, 6:15 for a 6:30 start), you may miss the mandatory Drive-In safety briefing and may not be allowed to enter.

Our guests and our team’s safety is our primary concern at the Drive-In. These include social distancing for both guests and staff, regular cleaning of all facilities, and contact-free check-in. All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask whenever they are not in their vehicle, but masks are not required while attendees are in their vehicles. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen. With the exception of trips to the bathroom, we ask you to stay inside of your car and keep the windows on the passenger side of the vehicle closed. If you drive a convertible, please close the roof before you enter the Drive-In site and keep it closed until after you have left.

All tickets are Standard entries for 1 car with up to 6 passengers per car (as per City mandates). For optimized viewing we recommend 2 passengers per car as visibility may not be ideal in the back seats of smaller cars.

To keep the Drive-In safe and fun for everyone, the following vehicle restrictions apply.
Not permitted are:

  • Bicycles
  • Motorcycles or scooters
  • Convertibles without roof
  • Cars with trailer attachments
  • Passenger vans (7+ seats)
  • Buses
  • RVs
  • Long wheelbase vans

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests without cars at the event due to safety concerns and as per city and state regulations.

Outside seating is not permitted.

We show movies rain or clear skies! Thanks for making this fun and safe for all!

No engine running and no car lights may be on during the movie. Please bring a portable radio or be sure to know how to turn off your lights completely when your car radio is on.

Our audio is quality FM stereo sound that is tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. Turn your key to accessory mode to keep your stereo on. If you don’t have an FM stereo, please bring a portable radio. There will be no amplified sound at the events.

Most vehicles will not have a problem. If you are concerned, we recommend turning your car on a few times during the movie. In the rare event your battery dies, we offer a complimentary jump-start that will quickly get you on your way. To prevent a dead battery, avoid using your lights, heating, or air conditioning for the duration of the screening.

In the interest of your safety, please only open your car window on the driver side of the car when needed. If you would like to get hold of a member of our team in a non-emergency, please use your hazard or indicator lights to attract their attention.

There are restrooms located inside of ChiTown Futbol facility. The restrooms will be maintained throughout the event. Patrons will be required to wear masks while walking to the restrooms and inside of the facility.

All attendees and staff are required to wear a mask during the check-in process, whenever they are not in their vehicle, or whenever communicating with staff, but masks are not required while attendees are in their vehicles. You will also be reminded of the mandatory safety measures via email and on-screen.

You are allowed to use your phone during the Drive-In experience, however, if you are seen recording the film(s), you will immediately be asked to delete all footage, your device will be confiscated, and only returned to you at the end of the screening.

With the exception of ADA required service animals, unfortunately we cannot admit any other animals.

No smoking or vaping of any substance is allowed, including tobacco or marijuana.

There will be ADA accessible spots allocated at each screening. We understand that each guest may have different access requirements and our team will be able to provide further details if you contact them. Please get in touch on operations@chicagoflmfestival.com if you have specific questions.

Code of Conduct

The Chicago International Film Festival is committed to providing guests with a safe and enjoyable experience. We also appreciate, respect, and honor the diversity of our global community of guests.

The Chicago International Film Festival does not tolerate discrimination, harrassment or violence— verbal, physical, sexual, or otherwise — based on sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, class, age and physical or mental disability towards staff, volunteers, guests, audience members, or attendees at any of our festivals, conferences, or events. Our staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all of our attendees. We reserve the right to revoke access to festival events and venues, both virtual and physical spaces, for those who engage in such conduct.

Consent to be photographed/filmed: The Chicago International Film Festival and its representatives may photograph, film, and/or otherwise record attendees at all festival activities. By attending, you consent to such photography, filming, and/or recording and to any use in any and all media throughout the universe in perpetuity and without compensation for the use of your appearance, voice, and name for promotional and/or advertising, or any other purpose by the Chicago International Film Festival and its affiliates and representative.

The Chicago International Film Festival has put measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, attending in-person events could increase your risk of contraction. By attending this drive-in event, you voluntarily assume all risks and agree that you will not hold the Chicago International Film Festival or any of its affiliates liable for any illness that may result.

Terms and conditions

  • All sales are final, no refunds.
  • The Chicago International Film Festival has put measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, attending in-person events could increase your risk of contraction. By attending this drive-in event, you voluntarily assume all risks and agree that you will not hold the Chicago International Film Festival liable for any illness that may result.
  • We are not responsible for: Motor Vehicle accidents, damages to vehicles or person property, lost or stolen items including money & personal property, medial injuries & accidents, or any Covid-19 related issues
  • Masks must be worn when you’re outside of your vehicle area or anytime you are unable to maintain 6’ distances from those outside of your group
  • The Chicago International Film Festival reserves the right to eject any vehicle, and all patrons associated within the vehicle, from the Drive-In at any time if venue policies and/or Chicago Health policies are not honored.
  • No smoking or vaping of any substance is allowed, including tobacco or marijuana.
  • No littering, no engine running, and all car lights must remain off until the movie ends.