Drive-In Movie Theater Coming To Soldier Field

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Another drive-in movie theater is coming to Chicago - this time at the iconic Soldier Field.

The city of Chicago and the private event company Fueled Events announced the launch of "CHI-Together," a socially-safe entertainment series of drive-in music, entertainment, and movie events at Soldier Field, kicking off Wednesday, July 8, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Fueled Events said while other drive-in movie properties have “popped up” across the area, the CHI-Together brand of entertainment is the first within the Chicago city limits to land at such an iconic location and deliver a premium, interactive and multi-screen format. 

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"The Chicago Park District is excited to welcome CHI-Together to Soldier Field," said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. "As the city cautiously reopens, it's important that we re-imagine opportunities for residents and families to enjoy the summer and make memories in a safe manner. CHI-Together does just that by thoughtfully bringing movies, music and family activities to our historic venue. "

The concept is curated by Chicago’s own Tionna Van Gundy, founder of Fueled Events and Wedicity, and based on a commitment to keep her team working through the pandemic while holding true to her beliefs in community togetherness.

“For the past few months, our team has been focused on what we CAN do rather than what we can’t," said Van Gundy. “From day one, the Mayor’s Office has assured us all that if we can stick it out together, adhering to the ‘stay safe, stay home’ guidance, we’ll be able to get back to enjoying all this city has to offer sooner. And we’ve finally made it!”

Movies will show each night Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:30 p.m. and sold at $55 per vehicle. A ticket also provides a free bucket of popcorn.

This week will feature the films "Groundhog Day," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Fast and Furious," "Grease" and "Shrek."

Aside from movies, other entertainment will include music, DJs, contests, games, extensive food and beverage options and other sponsor-supported programming five nights per week. CHI-Together will welcome carloads, with a capacity limit of approximately 375 cars, and small groups up to six of pedestrians.

Fueled Events said there will also be themed nights, singalongs, and more.

The first dollar of every ticket sold will be donated to the Great Chicago Food Depository. Attendees are also encouraged to bring canned goods to further support Chicagoland community partners.

Tickets went on sale through Ticketweb on July 1, and can be purchased in advance on a per-car or non-car format.

An area will be designated for those who choose to walk, bike or get dropped off. Seating is permissible in, on, and in front of cars, according to all current Phase Four social distancing regulations, with multiple walkable restrooms and concessions available.

Protocols will be closely followed with an emphasis on public health and safety. In close contact with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and a constant eye on CDC recommendations, expect cashless concessions, socially safe restroom bays and numerous sanitation stations, along with 8-foot distance measures (in lieu of 6) enforced throughout vehicle and pedestrian designated areas.

Doors open nightly at 7 p.m. with music entertainment to kick off the evening and movies start at approximately 8:30 p.m. Visit chi-together.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Will Call/Walk-Ups will not available.

Drive-ins have opened at Lincoln Yards, in Pilsen and in Lincoln Square in recent weeks.