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Best Movies Set In Chicago
Best Movies Set In Chicago
Whether it is the comedy of John Hughes or the action of Batman, Chicago has played host to a variety of movie sets over the years. Who can forget iconic images of the Sears Tower, Lake Michigan, the Chicago River or O'Hare Airport in all sorts of movies from action to drama to comedy to everything in between? Chicago is a great place to live, visit, film movies and tell stories!
As you might be able to tell from my name, I'm a Chicagoan, and I try to see every movie that is set in Chicago as it comes out - and I'm working my way through the classics too. I've curated this list below of some of my favorites and can't miss movies. Let me know what your favorites are in the guestbook below!
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Romantic Comedies Set In Chicago
We laughed, we cried, we fell in love in Chicago...
Toula comes from a typical Chicago Greek family, and when she falls in love with a non-Greek man, the wedding planning gets out of control! Watch for scenes in Chicago's neighborhoods, Greektown, downton and more.
Gary and Brooke are breaking up, and all that remains is the Break Up. Watch for classic Chicago apartment buildings, the Chicago Trolley tour trolleys, the Chicago river boat tours, and scenes around the city.
Julianne decides, right on the eve of her best friend's wedding, that she wants him for himself. Watch for scenes of the Drake Hotel, Union Station and lots of running around downtown.
Loveable Chicago cop Danny falls in love with Theresa, but he's too worried about his mother to focus on the relationship. Watch for scenes of the El Trains, downtown Chicago and police stations.
Mystery/Suspense Movies Set in Chicago
It was a dark and stormy night...
A courtroom thriller featuring a Chicago defense attorney representing an altar boy accused of murdering a Catholic archbishop. Watch for scenes of Chicago area courtrooms, churches and downtown.
A creepy sci-fi/horror film taking place in Chicago's Museum of Natural History, where an anticipated exhibition about tribal artifacts causes all kinds of horror.
An old fashioned Chicago mob movie set in the 1930s, when a hit man runs from the Mob Boss after his son witnesses a shooting.
A noir about a woman who has disappeared, set in the hip Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding - Meet The Family!
John Hughes Movies Set in Chicago
Director John Hughes, who grew up in a suburb of Chicago, has set many of his movies here.
This film is a virtual love letter to Chicago, featuring Ferris and friends ditching school to go on an adventure. Watch for scenes at Wrigley Field, downtown Chicago, Glenbrook North High School, Willis Tower, The Art Institute and more!
The tale of a gang of misfits serving detention at the fictional Shermer High School, this film is now iconic. It was filmed at Maine North High School, in the suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois.
Single, city-dwelling Uncle Buck is here to babysit his brother's kids for the week in suburban Chicago! Watch for scenes of Emmit's pub, Wrigley Field and New Trier High School.
Samantha's 16th birthday is anything but sweet in this coming of age film. Watch for locations including Niles East High School, Glencoe Union Church, and Skokie's Village Hall, amongst others.
Ferris Bueller's Ferrari Follies!
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If you're looking for a Christmas gift for a friend, or a former Chicagoan just something to ease your homesickness, check out these movies showcasing the Second City during the holidays.
Hijinks ensue when young Kevin is left alone accidentally during the holidays. O'Hare Airport, Hubbard Woods, and the suburb of Wilmette are heavily featured.
A little girl wishes for a home for Christmas, and for a strange man to really be Santa. Set in New York, mostly filmed in Chicago. Key scenes are filmed at the Thompson Center State of Illinois Building, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Holy Name Cathedral.
The Kranks' Chicago neighborhood is in an uproar when they hear the couple is going on vacation this year instead of hosting their usual holiday gathering. When their daughter unexpectedly returns home, they must scramble to put on a fest! Set in various Chicago residential neighborhoods.
Chicago family the Griswolds welcome their dysfunctional family to their home. Filmed in Chicago neighborhoods.
Classic Christmas Chicago - Home Alone!
Every Chicagoan should see these movies at least once!
Jake and Elwood Blues reunite their old band to save the orphanage where they were raised in this music-filled romp of iconic talent. Filming locations include the Joliet Prison, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Dixie Square Mall, Museum Campus, Ray's Music Exchange, Wrigley Field, South Shore Country Club and many more.
Calvin wants out of the family barbershop, but has a change of heart when he realizes how important it is to his neighborhood and community. Filmed in many locations on the South Side of Chicago, especially along 47th Street.
A classic movie about Chicago's firefighters, this was filmed in various Chicago firehouses (many of the extras are real firefighters!) as well as Emmit's Pub, Uptown Theatre, Graceland Cemetery and more.
Henry's broken arm results in an almost magical pitching strength, and he's recruited to the Chicago Cubs! Set in Wrigley Field and the Lakeview neighborhood.