Since the early 1900s, the Loop has provided compelling backdrops for hundreds of television shows and movies. Here are five of the best.
"The Blues Brothers" (1980). In perhaps the most iconic of all Chicago films, "Joliet" Jake Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) live next to the "L" in a rat-trap apartment on Van Buren Street. In a classic car chase finale, they crash through the glass front of Daley Plaza.
"The Fugitive" (1993). Chicago's elevated train heard in the background during a bugged phone call not only gives Dr. Richard Kimble's (Harrison Ford) location away -- but he narrowly escapes U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) in a scene shot in City Hall's lobby.
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). OK, admit it. You were there, singing and dancing along with Ferris (Matthew Broderick) as he lip-synced to a rollicking rendition of "Twist and Shout" in a parade down Dearborn Street. Admit it.
"The Untouchables" (1987). Perhaps the quintessential Chicago gangster film. "The Untouchables," though shot in locations all over Chicago, offers one of the most powerful images as Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and crew are walking tall down LaSalle Street, ready to open up a can of butt-whuppin'.
"Running Scared" (1986). Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal play Chicago cops trying to foil a drug deal, leading to a car chase on the "L" tracks that culminates in a collision between a CTA train and a white limousine on Wells Street.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times