Celebrating Chicago’s Creative Economy With A New Kind Of Local Film Showcase For A Year Like No Other


A New Kind of Film Festival For a Year Like No Other

The Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase, a project of the Chicago Park District, is an annual celebration of local film and filmmakers presenting free screenings of locally-made and Chicago-focused films in parks across the city since 2014.  In this summer like no other, we’ve expanded our offerings to give you three ways to safely enjoy local films – outdoor screenings, drive-in movies, and a three-week virtual film festival. We’re committed, like always, to bringing you the freshest voices in local filmmaking and celebrating the filmmakers and film workers who call Chicago their home.

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We’re featuring more films than ever this year, and are proud to offer you such a robust, eclectic, and multi-disciplinary menu of films. Selected from a field of 150 entries, 2020’s nineteen Official Selections come from twenty filmmakers all over the city and offer as many unique styles, visions and viewpoints on Chicago’s current moment, cultural history, dynamic population and much more. Featuring short films, feature films, narratives and documentaries, the Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase brings together professional Chicago filmmakers, amateur filmmakers and student filmmakers to share billing in our park-based and online screenings.

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Films and filmmakers are a vital part of Chicago’s creative economy, and filmmaking itself generated $506 million in economic impact last year in Illinois. But even more importantly, these Chicago Onscreen Selected Filmmakers are artists living and working in Chicago, introducing the city to itself and showing the world the real Chicago, the first-person stories of life on the ground in the city. Their work chronicles, celebrates and even challenges the city we share, and their effort and labor in making these films incrementally pushes Chicago in new directions, toward a richer, fuller and more vibrant cultural landscape and toward a more equitable, honest and beautiful city. Get to know these amazing Chicago Onscreen Class of 2020 filmmakers and meet your next favorite local artist.

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Screening | Saturday, September 12
Jackson Park Perennial Garden
Outdoor Screening | Saturday, September 5
Ping Tom Park Boathouse
Drive-In Screening | Thursday, September 3
Portage Park
Drive-In Screening | Tuesday, September 1
Fosco Park
Outdoor Screening | Saturday, August 29
Churchill Field Playlot Park
Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase
Virtual Film Festival
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Chicago Onscreen is Supported by

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movies in the parks is Supported by

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City of Chicago | Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor
Chicago Park District | Board of Commissioners | Michael P. Kelly, General Superintendent & CEO

This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Learn more at: www.nightoutintheparks.com

For more information about your Chicago Park District, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312.742.7529 or 312.747.2001 (TTY).

© 2020 Chicago Onscreen Presented by Chicago Park District