Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chicago Film Tour

Yesterday I went with a friend on the Chicago Film Tour. We had bought GroupOn's previously and thought it may be fun. My opinion, it wasn't what I expected and I'm not really sure if I'd recommend it. With a little research, you're bound to get more out of it than going on the tour. Well I guess that's if you live in Chicago, if you're visiting then it may be worth it. 

The tour started at the Rock n' Roll McDonald's. I was thinking we were going to take a double decker bus so you could sit on the top and take pictures of where these movies were filmed but instead we got on a charter bus. My friend and I were the last ones to check-in so we got the last 2 seats on the bus. They were in the first two rows. We asked the one lady, who wasn't even sitting next to the window, if she'd mind changing seats with us so we could sit next to each other but she said no. She was a bit rude about it too. Sheesh. Oh well. 

So the tour began with our tour guides introduction. I think he really liked Vince Vaughn because he showcased a lot of his movie clips and often referenced to him, mainly from The Break-Up. Our tour guide had been in the industry for 20+ years writing reviews, interviewing, etc. We were given a sheet of paper of all the movies that had been filmed in Chicago. The list and movie locations are listed below. So for the tour, we basically drove around the city, going to the Northside first. It was nice getting a tour of parts of the city I've never really explored before but I guess I was expecting a stop here and there. It was basically straight drive throughs. Our tour guide would highlight a movie, show a clip, and then we'd drive past. The tour was just below my expectation. Though Yelpers seem to give it high regards. Decide for yourself. 

I suppose my next step is to watch more of these movies since I'm only familiar with a select few. I think I'd have more fun watching the movie and then going to where it was filmed. Take Home Alone for example. The famous scene in Central Park. When I was in NYC I went to Central Park and embraced the scene. I guess that's more my thing. 

But check out their website. It's $30 per person for a tour and they run tours from Thursday-Sunday. 

Movies Filmed in Chicago Include:
About Last Night (1986)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Backdraft (1991)
Bad Boys (1983)
Batman Begins (2005)
Bling (1994)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Break-Up (2006)
Cadillac Records (1008)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Candyman (1992)
Chain Reaction (1996)
Child's Play (1988)
Class (1983)
Code of Silence (1985)
The Color of Money (1986)
Cooley High (1975)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Derailed (2006)
The Dilemma (2011)
Eagle Eye (2008)
A Family Thing (1996)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Flatliners (1990)
Fred Claus (2007)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Fury (1978)
Hardball (2001)
Harry and Tonto (1974)
Hero (1992)
High Fidelity (2000)
His New Job (1915)
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone 2 (1992)
Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
The Hunger (1980)
I, Robot (2004)
The In-Laws (2003)
The Lake House (2006)
A League on Their Own (1992)
Little Fockers (2010)
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Medium Cool (1968)
Mercury Rising (1998)
Michael (1996)
Mickey One (1965)
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
My Bodyguard (1980)
The Negotiator (1998)
Next of Kin (1989)
North by Northwest (1959)
Nothing in Common (1986)
Ocean's 11 (2001)
Only the Lonely (1991)
Ordinary People (1980)
The Package (1989)
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Primal Fear (1996)
Public Enemies (2009)
Red Heat (1988)
Return to Me (2000)
Risky Business (1983)
The Road to Perdition (2002)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Silver Streak (1976)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
Soul Food (1997)
The Sting (1973)
Straight Talk (1980)
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Thief (1981)
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
Uncle Buck (1989)
The Untouchables (1987)
Wanted (2007)
What Women Want (2000)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Within Our Gates (1920)
The Wizard of Oz (1910)

Film Locations:
LaSalle Street Bridge
Hotel 71
Marina City and Towers
Mother's Ambassador East Hotel
Lincoln Park Zoo
North Avenue Beach
Belmont Harbor
The Riviera Theater
Uptown Bank Building 
Green Mill Lounge
Uptown Theater
Essanat Studios
Graceland Cemetery
Wrigley Field
Roscoe and Clark Street
Biograph Theater
John Barleycorn's
Oz Park
Twin Anchors Restaurant
Sedgwich CTA Station
O'Brien's Steak house
The Drake Hotel
Michigan Avenue
Water Tower Place
The Wrigley Building
Lower Wacker Drive
Auditorium Building
Chicago Hilton and Towers
The Kimball Mansion
Chess Records
Union Station
Emmit's Pub
Franklin Street Bridge
Merchandise Mart
Rock n' Roll McDonald's

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