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Plainfield kicks off outdoor movies, concerts again this summer

Things get under way with a showing of "Monsters University" in Settlers' Park.

Brock A. Stein | 6/4/2014, 6 a.m.
Plainfield’s summer outdoor movie series kicks off June 13 with Pixar’s "Monsters University."
"Monsters University" will be the first movie shown as part of Plainfield's summer outdoor film series.

Plainfield’s summer outdoor movie series kicks off June 13 with Pixar’s "Monsters University."

The films start at the Richard A. Rock Amphitheater at Settlers’ Park at about 8:30 p.m. but families are encouraged to arrive early to take part in "family recess," backyard games and other activities organized by the Plainfield Park District. They can also peruse books from the Plainfield Library and meet with members of the Plainfield police and fire departments.

The movie schedule is "Despicable Me 2" on June 27, "The Lego Movie" on July 11 and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" on July 25.

Settlers’ Park is located in downtown Plainfield, southeast of Lockport Street and Van Dyke Road, and just south of the Village Hall.

Parking is available in the Plainfield Village Hall parking lot, on Village Center Drive and on Van Dyke Road.

Some terraced seating is available at the venue but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will also be available for sale on the night of the events.

Concert series starts June 19

The Flat Cats will perform June 19 at Plainfield's Settlers' Park as part of the village summer concert series.

The Flat Cats will perform June 19 at Plainfield's Settlers' Park as part of the village summer concert series.

Plainfield also offers a summer concert series, which kicks off at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Settlers' Park amphitheater with “The Flat Cats,” who play jazz- and blues-influenced music and contemporary classics.

The other scheduled concerts are “Pirates Over 40” on July 17, playing classic rock and oldies covers mixed with tropical-themed rock in the vein of Jimmy Buffett, and "Spoken Four” on Aug. 7, offering a mix of music from the 1950s up to contemporary Top 40.

In the event of rain, movies will be cancelled and concerts will be moved inside. Residents can check the village’s website, plainfieldil.org, starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the event or call 815-609-6124.

Contact Brock A. Stein at brocknewstips@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at @BrockAStein.