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Lincoln Yards drive-in theater opens next week with ‘Ferris Bueller’

The venture promises to show ‘modern classics’ on Near North Side all summer.

A conceptual image provided by theater operators illustrated how “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” would look like on the screen at The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards.
A conceptual image provided by theater operators illustrates how “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will look on the screen at The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards.
Sterling Bay

The next entry to pop up in Chicago’s array of pop-up drive-in movie theaters will be in the new Lincoln Yards development on the Near North Side.

The Drive-In at Lincoln Yards will debut June 25 with screenings of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at 1684 N. Throop St., near the Fleet Fields soccer space. The theater promises to show “modern classics” at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Audio will be transmitted through AM radios.

The venture, the latest attempt to create outdoor entertainment in a summer of social distancing, is a partnership between Lincoln Yards developer Sterling Bay, the Davis Theater moviehouse in Lincoln Square and the cinematic non-profit Facets.

Patrons will be able to buy packaged food and drive prepared by the nearby Ada Street restaurant and local snack institution Mellos Peanuts and Popcorn.

Because cars will be spaced a generous 10 feet apart, patrons will have the option of sitting with their own folding chairs, tailgate style. Masks will be required during visits to the restrooms (portajohns, for emergency use only) or the concession stand.

Tickets, $35 per car, will be sold online ahead of the screenings.

The Davis’ site also teases an upcoming announcement on a drive-in in Lincoln Square.