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Free Movie Screenings Coming Back To Uptown’s Buttercup Park Starting This Weekend

The event organized by an Uptown neighbor kicks off Saturday with concert film "Monterey Pop" and an iconic short movie with local ties.

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UPTOWN — Buttercup Park’s movies in the park series will kick off this weekend with a double feature that includes an iconic film with Uptown ties.

The free movie series will host its first event of the year Saturday, screening the 1968 concert film “Monterey Pop.” Movies will be shown starting at dusk on four Saturdays through August at the park, 4901 N. Sheridan Road.

  • Saturday: “Monterey Pop”
  • July 10: “Be Kind Rewind”
  • July 31: “Crooklyn”
  • Aug. 21: TBD animated kids film

Each event has an educational or entertainment aspect prior to its screening, said Victor Herrera, the Uptown resident who organizes the yearly event. For example, a previous screening of a classic science fiction film included a talk with a local UFO researcher.

For Saturday, Hererra will kick off the festivities by screening Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp,” the 1915 silent classic produced by the Uptown-based Essanay Studios.

Movies at Buttercup, now in its fifth year, is free and open to the public. It is not connected to the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Park, which is going forward this year but has no events scheduled in Uptown.

For more information on the program, click here.

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