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Apr 19, 2019

5 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed in Chicago

Some of the best American shows were filmed and set in beautiful Chicago. The same goes for some of the most iconic movies of the 20th and 21st century. Believe it or not, Chicago is a popular filming location and every once in a while you might stumble into a film set without even realizing it (it’s okay, it happens to the best of us).

So, here are 5 iconic movies that were filmed in Chicago.


Home Alone


This iconic Christmas movie was not set in the city itself but in the Chicago suburbs. Filmed mostly in Winnetka, Home Alone is a childhood classic that truly captures the look of northern Chicago suburbia. This movie is a must watch, and not just because it was set in Chicago.

The Dark Knight


Who doesn’t like a good Batman movie? Christopher Nolan’s art is some of the most loved DC films out there, and for a few good reasons. It may have been set in Gotham, but it was filmed in Chicago. One of its most famous scenes (we’re not telling you which one) was filmed on LaSalle Street. Thanks to Nolan’s genius, downtown Chicago posed perfectly as the dark and gritty Gotham.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Another one of the most iconic movies set in our beautiful city, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the ultimate Chicago film. This movie follows the main character (Ferris) around Chicago, from the Art Institute to a Cubs game to the Sears ahem… Willis Tower.

The Break Up


Not as iconic as the other four on the list (unless you too are fans of cheesy romcoms), the Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston movie is still a good contender if only for all the Chicago cityscape shots we get. From the iconic Wrigley Field to Michigan Avenue, this film takes its characters (and viewers) all over Chicago.

My Best Friend’s Wedding


And because we really love cheesy romcoms, here’s another one that was filmed and set in Chicago. My Best Friend’s Wedding takes us (and Julia Roberts) from Comiskey Park to Lake Shore Drive to Union Station. Even though the city is not the main character in the movie, it still feels like it!

Now, it’s time for you to watch (or rewatch) all these movies and, when you’re done, drop by for a game of WhirlyBall and a craft beer!