After the “I Do” Summer Movie Night

What’s better than date night? How about a FREE date night! That’s right, now through September 5, 2017, the Chicago Park District is hosting free ‘Movies in the Parks’ at Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & the Great Lawn. Who doesn’t love a great movie? Grab your significant other and head out for an evening under the stars with some box office hits! And of course, before you grab a seat in the pavilion or bring a picnic for the Great Lawn we’ve picked another great snack to share!

Check out the schedule below and get ready for an awesome summer date!

June 13: The Blues Brothers

June 20: Caddyshack

June 27: Julie and Julia

July 11: El Norte

July 18: La La Land

July 25: Network

August 1: Bend it Like Beckham

August 8: FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE – Ghost and The Shining

August 15: Hidden Figures

August 22: Five Heartbeats

August 24: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (80th Anniversary Family Daytime Screening)

August 29: The Princess Bride

September 5: Wayne’s World

Movie times: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (except Thursday, August 24 at 10 a.m.)

Pressed Picnic Sandwiches
Prep time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours
Serves: 9-12 sandwiches

1 large loaf of ciabatta bread, sliced lengthwise
3-4 tablespoons fresh pesto
¼ lb. sliced sweet soppressata
3-4 slices good prosciutto
3-4 slices provolone cheese
3-4 slices mozzarella cheese
6-8 basil leaves- washed and patted dry
plastic wrap, for wrapping the sandwiches


Slice the ciabatta bread lengthwise, so that there’s a top and a bottom slice. Spread 3-4 tablespoons of fresh pesto over the bottom piece of bread. Beware that too much pesto can cause soggy bread.

Top the pesto with the soppressata, then the prosciutto, then the provolone and mozzarella cheese. Top the cheese with your basil leaves, then place the top of the bread on the sandwich. Press down on the sandwiches with your hands, then very tightly wrap them in plastic wrap (seriously – do this as tight as you possibly can). Place the sandwich in the fridge and top with lots of heavy books, a weighted down pot or pan, or whatever other heavy objects you can find. If you’re in a bind, use 3 very heavy books, then put a 10-pound hand weight on top of those, and let them sit in the fridge overnight. This will “press” everything together.

When you are ready to head out, unwrap the sandwiches and use a very sharp knife to cut the sandwich into 9-12 small sandwiches, depending on how big you want them to be. The recipe makes about 12 sandwiches, but it also depends on how big your original loaf was. These will keep well after being sliced in an airtight container for up to 2 days – perfect for your picnic basket!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for weekly wedding inspiration, date night tips and more!

Timothy Whaley is a 3rd generation photojournalist. His father, along with his grandfather, a Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, passed down a love for telling stories through pictures.

Mr. Whaley has taken this passion and assembled a group of award-winning photographers who are dedicated to providing couples with excellence and care. Visit us at to learn more.

Getting Married? Enter to Win our new $21,000 Wedding Giveaway!