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“Adventures in Baby Sitting,” or “The Blues Brothers?” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” or “The Untouchables?” Which movie filmed in Chicago is your favorite?

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The Break-Up

I would have to say Mercury Rising They actually film some of the movie in the east side. I remember they told us we could look but from the top windows. Bruce Willis had a double drive in the first shoot. Then he came out and did it himself.

I would have to say Mercury Rising They actually film some of the movie in the east side. I remember they told us we could look but from the top windows. Bruce Willis had a double drive in the first shoot. Then he came out and did it himself.

I would have to say Mercury Rising They actually film some of the movie in the east side. I remember they told us we could look but from the top windows. Bruce Willis had a double drive in the first shoot. Then he came out and did it himself.

The Untouchables

Ferris Bueller, definitely. Can't walk by what used to be called First Chicago Plaza without thinking of the people dancing there at the end of the movie. :-)

The Movie was the Breakup

Running Scared with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines...was my favorite 'Chicago' movie. The movie was very comical and kind of slapstick in the lines and the back and forth between Hines and Crystal was very funny. They had a great back-drop of the city and the el train and all...don't miss it!

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has always been special to me because I was in my last couple months of high school, like Ferris was, when that movie came out in 1986. "The Blues Brothers" also ranks right up there. But this conversation begins and ends with another 1986 classic, "About Last Night". From the beautiful scenes of Grant Park to Division street, this movie captured the Chicago dating scene like no other. Also, Chicago's own Jim Belushi put on a memorable performance.

The Breakup!!

I moved from Chicago to Dallas 2 years ago and I miss it very much, (not the weather of course which is why I moved). One of my favorite movies filmed in Chicago is Road to Perdition. I lived on the 2100 block of N. Sawyer, when my friends watch the movie I always mention that I lived a couple of blocks from the church. Other movies, The Breakup, Stranger than Fiction, Ferris Bueller

The Fugitive also was a good movie, and it had some great shots of the skyline.

Don't mean to keep coming on here, but does anyone remember "Henry, Portrait of A Serial Killer"? Filmed in Chicago in about 1986 or 1987, starring Michael Rooker as Henry. This movie showed the gritty side of Chicago.

I moved from Chicago to Dallas 2 years ago and I miss it very much, (not the weather of course which is why I moved). One of my favorite movies filmed in Chicago is Road to Perdition. I lived on the 2100 block of N. Sawyer, when my friends watch the movie I always mention that I lived a couple of blocks from the church. Other movies, The Breakup, Stranger than Fiction, Ferris Bueller

Hands Down... Cooley High!

I'd have to say BACKDRAFT was a great film that was shot in the suburbs of Chicago. One that I think is often overlooked.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off without a doubt. It's a classic. There are not many people who couldn't identify with it. Such a great example of American pop culture. The movie was hilarious and a success for its time. I am proud that the other great films listed were filmed in our beautiful city. I am sure we will see more in the future.

ALL OF THEM!!!!

Two movies - Blues Bros. & The Fugitive. Why? My sister was an extra in both of them. Way to go Donna!

The Fugitive- with Harrison Ford!
Cook County Hospital
City Hall
ECT...

Stir of Echoes!

The Fugitive- with Harrison Ford!
Cook County Hospital
City Hall
ECT...

To the I miss Chicago person who moved to Dallas. What do you miss more, the pizza or the beef & sausage combo sandwiches?

About last night! Lowe,Belushi,Moore, and Perkins. Or the John Candy and Ally Sheely movie about his being an officer and having a late night picnic on the infield of old Comiskey Park.

Blues Bros. And BACKDRAFT? SUBURBS ARE NOT CHICAGO! what are you people thinking? You dont live in chicago you dont pay chicago taxes youre not chicagoans ur suburbanites. Anyway, Road to Perdition was pretty good too.

I posted an answer to the question yesterday morning early but I dont see my answer here my answer was The Break-UP but i submitted my answer early yesterday. Why wasnt mine posted along with everyone elses? Just wondering

“Appointment with Danger” (released in 1951 with Alan Ladd, Jack Webb, Henry Morgan, Phyliss Calvert and more) includes easily recognized scenes of South Chicago and the East Side (the real East Side - not the "New East Side") that appeared in the movie which was supposedly set in Gary Indiana. Among the SE Side sites that appeared in the movie were Immaculate Conception church (exterior and interior shots), the 92nd and 95th Street Bridges and Harbor Avenue, the Calumet River, and several industrial shots. What is most interesting about these scenes is that they capture what the area looked like in the 1950s. Of course “The Blues Brothers” (my favorite movie ever made in Chicago) had several scenes filmed on the Southeast Side. The most recognizable ones were the bridge jumping scene at the 95th Street Bridge and the gospel music scene at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Triple Rock Baptist Church in the movie. Other less well known scenes were shot at 95th Street under the Skyway and at a local beauty salon at 85th and Burley, The Curl Up and Dye Shop in the movie. Other movies shot in this area include the two “Barber Shop” movies which were set near the intersection of 79th and Exchange. “Road to Perdition” with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman includes a scene from the former Ringer Real Estate Office near 79th and Exchange. If you have seen the movie, the first bank robbery committed by Tom Hank’s character was filmed at the above location.

Set on the North side and around the El and the Chicago River, I loved High Fidelity with Chicagoans John and Joan Cusack. Since I've moved away, it definitely evoked the Chicago I grew up in. With Jack Black, it has one of the funniest comedy scenes he's done. Check it out.

It would have to be My Best Friend's Wedding

Batman Begins. Although "Gotham" is redesigned with digital buildings, you can still see many recognizable Chicago landmarks, such as the LaSalle street bridge and Lower Wacker.

I think you're all too young - but the movie that said Tom Cruise was on the Superstar Track and really made both the City and the Burbs more interesting (at least the 'burbs, anyway) than they should be was "Risky Business"

I mean, watch that movie and tell me if Rush Street, the Gold Coast high rise view over the lake, Lincoln Park could look any better! The very elegant lobby of The Drake, the great chase under the LSD overpass to get on to Lake Shore Drive in Dad's Porsche...

And when you watch 'that' scene, when you hear Phil Collin's "Something in the Air Tonight" - will you ever ride the Brown line 'El' and not secretly think to yourself ... "Hmmm, it's late, there's no one one else on here. Honey ...?"

And that same old green livery El car is, or at least was, at the west side 'Chicago Studio City' a few years ago, too.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, that was the big ol' factory complex that got turned into movie studios about 10 years back to shoot the TV series "The Untouchables".

How do I know all this? Well, even though I'm an Aussie, I lived in the City with Big Shoulders for more than 10 years and its always been my second home town. I'm there several times a year to see friends and family and especially in Summer I miss it more than I can say. Another thing I miss is a very tall Goose Island lager and a dipped 'Eyetalian beef & sausage combo from several vendors around the city ... oh, and a thin crust Italian sausage pizza from Martinos up in Peterson Park.

I've got several: The Blues Brothers, Road to Perdition, High Fidelity, The Fugitive, Call Northside 777, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Hard to pick just one.

While You Were Sleeping-- hands down one of the best movies ever filmed in Chicago. Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock are both hysterical in this film.

it's I,Robot with Will Smith for me. It was interesting to see Chicago in the future where the river was gone and people were able to walk over it.

The classic "Call Northside 777" -- Jimmy Stewart is a journalist who works to spring an innocent man from prison. It's realistic -- he asks if his expenses will be covered before he goes to work. The old neighborhood shots are great.

Cooley High.... Was a movie that reminded you of old friendship and how your past can influence your future.

Childs play

Cooley High enough of the white fantasy movies.

Michael Mann's "Thief" with James Caan and "The Weather Man," one of the most underrated films of all time.

My Favorite Chicago Movies

1. Batman Begins
2. The Untouchables
3. North by Northwest
4. Barbershop
5. The Fugitive

To David P. Kushner

If you root for the Cubs, you're from Chicago. Get over yourself.

As for a movie, I'd go with The Untouchables. I still can't walk through the train station without seeing that baby carriage roll down the staircase.

I CAN'T BELIEVE NO ONE HAS SAID PAYBACK!! Payback with Mel Gibson was full of the sights of downtown, but yeah Barbershop 1&2 holds it down.

Jamez, we were all having fun with this until you had to bring your racism to the table. Maybe you would be more at home on Mary Mitchell's blog.

Cooley High!!!

I remember Ferris Bueller because I was in it!
To this day, I have friends, former co-workers and family members ask me, "Was that you in that movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"?"
I was in the parade scene after the dancers on the steps and the small child in a stroller.

My faves were: LOVE JONES, SOUL FOOD, PAYBACK

PROOF

Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, a beautiful Chicago-Style Bungalow house filmed in Evanston, need I say more?

Now get back to work and finish doing your Taxes!

Running Scared. When else do you get to see a car jump on the 'L' tracks at O'Hare and end up at the Merchandise Mart? Awesome

The Lake House, which starred Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock, was filmed at Maple Lake in the S.W. burbs & in Riverside. Keanu actually walked past my car during a scene & I later discovered it was in the movie.

SWEET HOME CHICAGO !!! SECOND TO NONE. What about 'My Bodyguard'
(1980) filmed in and around Lake View H.S. on da nortside.

Without a doubt the hugh cast of the Fugitive created an excitement never previously experienced in my career as an Extra in Chicago-Made Movies.

Working on the set was a blast because every size, shape, and profession was represented in the movie as Extras, from anchor men and women to the SWAT team.

An incident happened in Grant Park was we collected for the final scene on the street of Michigan Avenue in front of the Congress Hotel and the entrance into the park pillared by Indian archers, I believe.

The SWAT team was busy with extra duties not to notice that the available non-working Chicago police had apprehended a perpetrator doing some criminal act right behind the extras and loamed in the park's outer grassland. What he was caught doing skips my memory, but perhaps somebody was their to remember it?

If so, please respond to his criminal act which caused the police to arrest him.

I loved the movie as great entertainment with the opening scene to the last scene in which all of the extras were under the opinion that some of us might be seen, but when the scene arrived the camera was way up and we were as small as ants.

That's the Chicago way!

no one said : LOVEJONES

Cooley High and Blues Brother Baby!!!!! Two of the best films I might add.

About once a year (100 hours) - my friends and I pull out all these dvds and laserdiscs and watch movies either filmed or set in Chicago. Plus working for the CTA - we try to see if the CTA was in any of the shots - stations, buildings, buses, trains.

My personal favorites (not in any order) are:

Backdraft, I Robot, A Sound of Thunder, The Relic, Adventures in Babysitting, Wayne's World, The Untouchables, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Cooley High, The Blues Brothers, Stir of Echoes, Judgment Night, Child's Play, Mercury Rising, Batman Begins, Roll Bounce, Barbershop, The Weather Man, Poltergeist III, Thief, Only the Lonely, Rookie of the Year, The Babe, About Last Night, Betrayed, Limit Up, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Negotiator, National Lampoon's Vacation, Next of Kin, Above the Law, Excessive Force, Rapid Fire, Payback, Red Heat, Flatliners, Wildcats, Running Scared, High Fidelity, While You Were Sleeping, Hoffa, US Marshals, Straight Talk, V.I. Warshawski, Vice Versa and Spiderman 2!!!

Can't Wait for Wanted and the Dark Knight

Sorry, I'm an old timer. Lady Sings the Blues is my favorite. I had a part as an extra on 43rd st with my big apple hat on.

1. Cooley High
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
3. Blues Brothers
4. The Untouchables
5. The Fugitive

Honorable Mention: High Fidelity, Risky Business & Road to Perdition

A REALLY GOOD ONE, STEVEN SEAGAL, ABOVE THE LAW,GREAT BUCKTOWN SCENES,ST.MARYS OF THE ANGELS CHURCH WAS WERE A BOMB BLEW OFF,THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS WATCHING WITH PRIDE, AND ANOTHER MEMORY COMES TO MIND, MY CHILDHOOD FRIEND WAS WATCHING THE MOVIE ON TV IN 1995 WHILE IN LABOR WITH HER 1ST. CHILD, AND YES,SHE NAMED HIM " NICO",SEAGAL'S CHARACTERS NAME.

To Jerry April 11
I miss all the food Gino's East, Portillos (Italian Beef and Maxwell Polish), Nicks Gyros, Cafe Iberico. The food here in Dallas is tasteless; people don't understand when I tell them that Chicago has awesome food. They tell me don’t worry you’ll find places here and send me to On the Border for “great food”. Chicago is the NUMBER ONE place for great food.

How can anyone even think that there was a better movie shot in or around Chicago than The Blues Brothers. It is the quintessential Chicago Movie. From the locations to the attitude. I know many cops who worked security on the movie set and they still tell stories of John Belushi sitting on top of a pile of totaled cars that subed for police cars with a bottle of Jack Daniels, offering cops and passers-by sips off his bottle. Mayor Byrne probably regrets giving them the permission they needed to this day. But truthfully, it is a movie that only movie makers in love with this city could have made.

CODE OF SILENCE with Chuck Norris (and directed by Andrew Davis, who made THE FUGITIVE as well).

What about Chicago Cab (aka Hellcab)? It was a low budget film with John Cusack in it, but the story takes the cab driver all over the city. Great film if you haven't seen it.

Other than that, Ferris Bueller, The Untouchables and The Blues Brothers are my favortites.

As for Backdraft, part of that was filmed at an old factory on 23rd Street near the river. You could see the place when you took the curve west on the Ryan, but they tore it down years ago.

No one mentioned Primal Fear yet? Excellent movie & shot in Chicago! Of course Ferris & Blues Brothers are the classics. But the all time best is Untouchables!!

My favorite movies filmed in Chicago are as follows...

1. Do the Right Thing
2. Major League
3. Rocky
4. Mystic River
3. Get Shorty

Batman Begins

There is a movie that has not been mentioned yet. It was filmed in the heart of the Hispanic neighborhood which is the Pilsen area and some at the Old Navy Pier. It was filmed in the 1980's. This movie is one of my all time favorites. The name of this movie is "Bad Boys" with Sean Penn and Isal Morales.....Great Chicago scenes from my old neighborhood!!!!!

breakfast club

Cooley High that is the best movie filmed in Chicago

I'll take any movie that shows me glimpses of Chicago that was but no longer exists. The "Ferris" shots of the relatively wide open 1983/84 Chicago skyline (with the spectacular song "Beat City" playing as the soundtrack)---well, that's one of my favorite movie scenes of all time.

Also, wasn't part of the John Candy/Maureen O'Hara movie "Only the Lonely" shot in Chicago? Besides being a truly great comedy in and of itself, OtL's Chicago flavor is excellent.

Bad Boys with Sean Penn great shots of Uptown

It's not at the top of my list of Chicago movies, but no one has mentioned "Return to Me," a sweet film with David Duchovny, Minnie Driver (with Carroll O'Connor as her dad) and the great Robert Loggia. Many non-Chicagoans have told me, though, that seeing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" made them desperate to visit Chicago.

It's not at the top of my list of Chicago movies, but no one has mentioned "Return to Me," a sweet film with David Duchovny, Minnie Driver (with Carroll O'Connor as her dad) and the great Robert Loggia. Many non-Chicagoans have told me, though, that seeing "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" made them desperate to visit Chicago.

Barbershop...Child's Play

"Mickey One." Hard to find. Kafkaesque tale with Warren Beatty as a Detroit stand-up comic on the run from the mob, who thinks he'll be safer in Chicago. Ha! Surrealistic in the extreme, with great nostalgic looks at Riverview, including a cameo by Dick "Two-Ton" Baker... not laughing. Shot in gorgeously gritty black and white. Presages "Blowup" by a couple years.

1. Blues Brothers
2. Ferris Bueller's
3. The Fugitive
4. Stranger than Fiction
5. Batman Begins

Backdraft actually was filmed both in the suburbs and the city....(funeral procession)...good flick. Ferris Bueller's Day off is clearly the best all around Chicago movie...because essentially it's about Chicago itself. The Griswold's...Americas goofiest Chicago Family?????

My favorites are About Last Night, Cooley High, Risky Business and Love Jones starring Chicago's own, Larenz Tate. I love About Last Night because I was a young, single professional just like the characters in the movie when the movie was released. The movie's depiction of Rush street partying, and the dating/bar scene in Chicago was dead on. I also love the much overlooked Love Jones becase it shows a rarely seen Chicago dance phenomenon, Stepping. The two main characters attend a Steppers Set on the southside. It was also one of the first movies to highlight the spoken word scene in Chicago. Larenze Tate is oh so sexy as well!!!

The film Love Jones with Chicago native Larenz Tate and Nia Long. There are beautiful shots of the city! Also it contains a scene filmed at the old Tiki Room in Hyde Park. I had great times at that place!

No one has mentioned I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With - written, directed by and staring James Garlin. I caught this at the Music Box theater a couple months ago. Its not the best movie, but kind of cute and funny. The great parking spot in the movie was on my block (Kenmore/Waveland). If you live in Wrigleyville, you'll appreciate seeing your neighborhood on the big screen.

As for favorite movie, definitely Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Reading this block made me add it to my Netflix queue.

No one has mentioned I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With - written, directed by and staring James Garlin. I caught this at the Music Box theater a couple months ago. Its not the best movie, but kind of cute and funny. The great parking spot in the movie was on my block (Kenmore/Waveland). If you live in Wrigleyville, you'll appreciate seeing your neighborhood on the big screen.

As for favorite movie, definitely Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Reading this blog made me add it to my Netflix queue.

There is no question. The Blues Brothers reigns supreme. You should just ask for the 2nd place choice.

Early Edition - Yes, i know - it's a TV show, not a movie. My mother-in-law was a frequent extra. My wife and I used to play "Spot Mom" while watching it.

The movie Towing (1978), starring Sue Lyon.
I remember the bright lights during the filming over
several nights, on the near west-side locations.

The premise:Legally parked cars are towed and held for ransom...including the mayor's limo.
He had to pay to get the limo back!

Current Chicago firehouses were used during the filming of Backdraft. E65 (Archer and Sacremento) E4 (Chinatown) good flick.

Cooley High

Lest we forget "The Package", with some of the scenes shot in the area of 101st & Avenue M......

I LOVE THE UNTOUCHABLES AND ROAD PERDITION

My favorite movie filmed in Chi-Town would have to be "Gladiator Days" a movie starring Brian Dennehy, part of the movie was shot in Crane High School which is my alma mater.

BACKDRAFT. What a great tribute to the most honorable men and women ... a/k/a HEROES set in Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.

My favorite is THE LAKE HOUSE...with Keanu and Sandra...and close second Cooley High of Course!

Nobody remembers "Rudy" being partly shot at the old ST. RITA on 63rd+Claremont. I love that movie!!!!!

I think when you talk about movies shot in Chicago, you have to separate it into two categories; how good the movie is, and how well they use Chicago scenery (you might put in a third category for how realistically life in Chicago is portrayed).

I love so many of the films shot here but here are a couple picks in both categories:

Best Movies Shot in Chicago

Stranger Than Fiction- Not a lot of folks have seen this one yet, but it will eventually attain cult status. Poignant and funny with great performances.

The Fugitive- No matter how many times I've seen it, I always get sucked into watching it if I come across it when channel surfing. High marks for use of Chicago scenery as well.


Great Use of Chicago

Just Visiting- A silly romantic/fantasy comedy with Jean Reno and Christina Applegate, but it has some great scenes of the city. Particularly one where Reno rides a horse up into an El Station and onto a train.

Chain Reaction- Pretty much a hilariously overwrought piece of cheese, but another flick which uses Chicago well. Keanu Reeves running up the raised Michigan Avenue Bridge (after leading police on a foot chase from the old Water Tower) is not to be missed; nor is the miraculous chase scene that starts in the upper balcony of the Field Museum, morphs into the jet liner at the Museum of Science and Industry, and then ends outside the Field again (extreme "geographic liberties" taken). Of course the most unrealistic part of the movie is the idea that Keanu could understand physics.

PS-This has been so cool to see what Chicago movies different folks enjoy. I hope this thread continues for a long while.

Looking for the name of a movie/film/show shot in Chicago at Wells and Chicago in River North. Street was blocked off and it was sometime in April '08,

Definitely Cooley High, Ali (remember Will Smith running on 79th)and Blues Brothers.

does anyone remember the Hunter with Steve McQueen hanging off the El and the dude driving into the River from Marina City. Most of it was filmed in LA but the last bit or so was film in Chicago.

I'm suprised that no one made mention of "The Negotiator" with Samual L. Jackson & Kevin Spacey, or "Mo' Money" with Damon Wayans.

One of the best shots you'll see of Chicago is near the end where Wayans & actress Stacey Dash stroll hand-in-hand through Olive Park where the Hancock Center serves as a daytime backdrop.

Or how about the horror flick "Candyman" that was shot here also?

There have been a lot of movies filmed in Chicago, many times the viewing audience doesn't even know where it was shot (or they think they are watching a scene shot in New York, when actually it is our very own city). Even though The Blues Brothers is one of my all-time favs, right along with The Untouchables, The Hudsucker Proxy is a keeper.

Born and raised in Chicago and now living in Delaware, I loved a movie no one has mentioned, "Chain Reaction" with Keanu Reeves. Great chase scene has him under a bridge on the Chicago River, also racing through the train station.

Cletus Warhol:

I know that there has been a Johnny Depp movie being filmed in the city called Public Enemies. I have heard about sightings all over the city including filming at my friends office building at Sheridian and Diversey.

Without naming the all of the others on here ...

My starting 5: Fugitive, Cooley High, Untouchables, Mad Dog and Glory ("Lemme get a Chivas and milk"), and Love Jones.

A lot of movies I feel aren't Chi movies, but rather stories set in the city and cut in a few shots of the lake and skyline ... but they don't FEEL like Chicago, sound like Chicago, smell like Chicago lol.

Cletus noted on the Fugitive: when it comes on you simply can't change the channel and I get a jolt when I come across it, even though I own the dvd ... it's like watching live when you find it on the channels.

I grew up in places like Hyde "your wallet" Park and Kenwood, so Love Jones is a key film for me, if not THE. Great shots of the city and couldn't take place anywhere else, vibe, jargon, locations. Really captured a certain feel and enclave that many chicagoans from other parts of the city didn't know existed, in the same way High Fidelity was unfamiliar territory for me when I saw it.

This hasn't been mentioned before but needs it: HOOP DREAMS -- doc, sure, but IMO the most important piece of film ever from The Chi and presents a Chicago that simply doesn't exist anymore.

Soul Food gets no love? Only film that I had to stop in the middle of to go out and grab some BBQ from Leon's LOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!

By far, Call Northside 777.

COOLEY HIGH I LOVE DAT MOVIE SO MUCH IT'S JUST SHOWS HOW REALLY GREAT CHICAGO IS. I MEAN IM NOT EVEN 18 YET AND WEN I SEE DAT MOVIE ITS JUS SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME DAT SAYS I NEVER WANNA LEAVE CHICAGO EVER. EVEN DOE I DON'T SATY N CHICAGO I ALWAYS GO THERE N WEN I GET OLDER IM MOVING BAK

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