There are many movies that have used Chicago as a backdrop since Essanay started producing films here in 1907.
Here, in no particular order, are 10 memorable Chicago-based movies and what you can expect to find when you check out the locations yourself. Before you go, call to see what's on the bill of fare:
THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980)- Elwood (Dan Ackroyd) gives his home address as 1060 W. Addison St., which everybody now knows is the address of Wrigley Field. Although, the Cubs aren't in the playoffs, you can still soak up Wrigleyville atmosphere at the many neighborhood sports bars such as Yak-Zies or catch a rock band at Cubby Bear, or jam to reggae at Wild Hare.
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)- Ferris takes over a parade in the Loop by climbing aboard a float and belting out the Beatles' "Twist and Shout." To draw more people downtown after dark, the city is sponsoring Downtown Tonight, in cooperation with more than 300 cultural institutions, restaurants and stores. For more info, call 312-742-1171.
HIGH FIDELITY (2000)-John Cusack owns Championship Vinyl, a make-believe record store at the very real address of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore Street (You can still see the boarded-up storefront that served as the exterior in the movie). For live music, you have plenty of nearby choices: the Note (sit at the bar near the door and you'll be able to hear the band AND your date talk at the same time); Double Door (great live bands and cool video games downstairs for between-sets chilling); Nick's (when you just want to rock); and Subterranean (deejays hold forth on the lower level, rock bands on the upper).
THE FUGITIVE (1993)-The manhunt climaxes at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Nearby is the eclectic, decidedly non-mainstream music of HotHouse, as are the down-home food and electric blues of Buddy Guy's Legends. This area of the city also is a culture vulture's dream. To the north is the revered Art Institute of Chicago and to the southeast is Museum Campus, comprising Adler Planetarium,
Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.
MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING(1997)-Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney explore their feelings about each other on an architectural boat tour of the city. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers daily 90-minute tours through Oct. 28,. Tickets are available at the architecture foundation booth at the departure point and at the Chicago Architecture Center at 224 S. Michigan Ave. and at the foundation's bookstore.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT...(1986)-Division Street's reputation as a singles scene exploded after this movie. Crowded, loud, boisterous and fun, the Original Mothers is typical of bars along this strip, which draws people in their 20s to their 60s (who are looking for their 20s again).
THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)-A baby carriage takes a bumpy ride down stairs during a shootout at Union Station. Now, this one's a stretch, but please bear with us: Nearby is a taxi that will take you to Tommy Gun's Garage. Steeped in a make-believe mob milieu, this theater dishes up food, drinks and vaudeville-style entertainment, and it offers tours of mob landmarks in the city.
SOUL FOOD (2000)-Miles' band, Milestone, lays down a serious groove at the venerable Green Mill. In real life at the Green Mill, jazz-not smooth R&B, as the movie might imply-is always in the air. And regulars don't take kindly to people who talk loudly during performances. Right around the corner from the Mill are two musically varied venues: the Riviera Theatre- whose acts this month range from rapper Jay Z to heartland rockers the Bodeans to rap-rockers Insane Clown Posse- and the Aragon Ballroom- which this month will host hip-hop's Snoop Dog and folk's Ani DiFranco on back-to-back nights. Did we say musically varied?
SAVE THE LAST DANCE (2001)-Sean Patrick Thomas surprises Julia Stiles with a night of ballet at the Chicago Theatre, where the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago is performing. The theater is in the city's North Loop theater district, which includes the Oriental, the Palace, the Goodman, and Storefront Theatres.
PRELUDE TO A KISS (1992)-Alec Baldwin meets the love of his life, played by Meg Ryan, at her job as a bartender at the Green Mill (See "Soul Food.").
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