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Famous Movies Shot in Chicago

Check out famous film locations in Chicago

The Blues Brothers On a mission from God? This Blues Brothers guide will set you on the trail of the most recognizable locations from The Blues Brothers — like the Soul Food Cafe and Ray’s Music Exchange. Just don’t forget your Fedora and sunglasses.

The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan transformed Chicago into Gotham City for his 2008 blockbuster. Wayne Enterprises was actually the former IBM building at 330 N. Wabash Ave. And, in an especially intense aerial shot, Batman surveys Gotham City from the top of the Willis Tower. Don’t leave without taking a cab through Lower Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, where the highly explosive chase scenes between Batman and the Joker were shot.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferris evaded the suspicious Principal Rooney during an action-packed day off in Chicago. You can see where Bueller browsed masterpieces in the Art Institute of Chicago, caught a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, peered down from the 103rd floor at Skydeck Chicago, and led a spontaneous rendition of Twist and Shout while parading down Dearborn Street. Check out more Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie locations in Chicago.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon In the third installment of this blockbuster franchise, downtown Chicago gets destroyed in a battle between Autobots and Decepticons. But, lucky for you, the city has fully recovered. You’ll recognize the Jeweler’s Building and Trump International Hotel & Tower along the river, which were heavily featured in the movie.

The Fugitive Wrongfully convicted of murder, Dr. Richard Kimble shakes U.S. Marshalls by running around downtown Chicago (and happening by some of its most iconic sights). Kimble runs past The Picasso statue in Daley Plaza, escapes the Feds at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, and makes an ill-fated phone call to the U.S. Marshalls from beneath the Wells Street Bridge. Another location to check out: the Kimble residence at 336 W. Wisconsin St. in Lincoln Park.

High Fidelity Rob Gordon went on a personal journey by reliving each of his romantic failures. He was dissed at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Roscoe Village, denied by Peggy outside the Music Box Theatre in Lakeview, and waxed poetic about Laura at The Green Mill in Uptown.

Home Alone Who needs a security system when you have a clever 9-year-old? Kevin McCallister sabotaged a home invasion with a couple of paint cans and the help of his misunderstood neighbor. The film featured the McCallister home in beautiful suburban Winnetka, shots of the Trinity United Methodist Church in suburban Wilmette, and a memorable scene of a panicked, family-wide sprint through Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Public Enemies Johnny Depp as John Dillinger meets his demise outside the Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park, the actual site of the notorious gangster’s death. Today, it’s home to Victory Gardens Theatre. Then make your way to the main hall at Union Station in the Loop, where the anti-Dillinger crowd gathered in the movie.

The Color of Money Fast Eddie Felson ran Chicago area pool halls alongside his star pupil Vincent Lauria. The film featured shots inside Chris’s Billiards on the far North Side, while the purported tournament in Atlantic City was actually shot in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.

The Untouchables The classic crime drama featured Chicago as it was during the height of Prohibition, with memorable scenes shot at the Chicago Board of Trade, Michigan Avenue Bridge, and Union Station. You can also pay a visit to the Rookery Building, the location of the Untouchables’ offices, the lobby of the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, where Elliot Ness confronts Capone. Oh, and Capone’s infamous pep talk about “teamwork”? It was shot in the historic Blackstone Hotel.


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