Here are 30 “movies” that made the most of the skyscrapers, lakes and suburbs of the Windy City.
Batman, Superman, Optimus Prime and Kevin McCallister have all wreaked havoc on the streets of Chicago. Then there are must-see 80s classics like Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Here is a full list…
Superman: Man of Steel (2013)
Best Chicagoland scene: the rural town of Plano in Illinois plays the part of Smallville, Kansas and Chicago plays Metropolis including when Superman gets thrown through Union Station’s glass roof.
Best Chicago scene: annoyingly most of the Chicago scenes (like the bridal shower) are actually filmed in California! But hey we can pretend the weather is that good…
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Best Chicago scene: the bit where the Decepticons completely destroy the city
The Dilemma (2011)
Best Chicagoland scene: Vince Vaughn stuck in the greenhouses of the Garfield Park conservatory and the ice hockey scenes at the United Center.
Best Chicagoland scene: spooky scenes of empty streets across the city. It’s probably all Gwyneth Paltrow or Kate Winslet’s fault. Tut.
Public Enemies (2009)
Best Chicagoland scene: The tense scenes in the Biograph Cinema in Lincoln Park. Johnny Depp as gangster John Dillinger. A lot of Wisconsin in this too.
Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)
Best Chicago scene: The Joker / Bat Bike car chase on Lower Whacker Drive
Mean Girls (2004)
Bet Chicagoland scene: set in Evanston in Chicago (although filmed in Canada) still sums up the Illinois High School experience!
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Best Chicagoland scene: the story is set in the Chicago Greek community although a lot of the filming was done in Toronto in Canada.
Best Chicagoland scene: ok so technically the city itself doesn’t feature in this version of the eponymous musical but the story of muderous madams from the 1920s jazz age is great and also based around true stories of the time.
Road to Perdition (2002)
Best Chicagoland scene: Daniel Craig, Jude Law and Tom Hanks in depression era Chicago. The film won an Oscar for its stunning cinematography
Meet the Parents (2000)
Best Chicagoland scene: OK so Chicago is done with by the end of the opening credits but we couldnt help but empathise with his O’Hare experience
High Fidelity (2000)
Best Chicagoland scene: the dates at the Biograph and the Music Box in this American version of a British Book starring John Cussack
The Matrix (1999)
Best Chicago scene: many of the streets of the city and the skyline refer to Chicago although it is never explicitly named
Mercury Rising (1998)
Best Chicago scene: Bruce Willis almost being shot outside the Wrigley Building then chasing the gunman along the brides
Soul Food (1997)
Best Chicago scene: the view of the cityskyline at night during the wedding reception
My Best Friends Wedding (1997)
Best Chicago scene: the “moment passes you by” end scene on the Architecture Boat Tour
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Best Chicagoland scene: basketball games aplenty in this powerful documentary about making it in the NBA
The Fugitive (1993)
Best Chicagoland scene: Harrison Ford as Dr Kimble hiding in plain sight at Cook County Hospital
Primal Fear (1996)
Best Chicagoland scene: Richard Gear chasing Edward Norton through Lower Whacker Drive
Curly Sue (1991)
Best Chicago scene: Curly Sue going shopping in Marshall Fields (now Macys)
Best Chicago scene: the firefighter funeral parade down Michigan Avenue (aka the Magnificent Mile)
Only The Lonely (1991)
Best Chicagoland scene: John Candy taking his date for a nighttime picnic on the diamond at Wrigleyfields
Home Alone (1990)
Best Chicago scene: the shenanigans at the McCallister Home which is 671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka or the nativity scene at the church in Wilmette
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Blink and you’ll miss it appearance of the skyline as Harry and Sally leave their University and head to New York
The Untouchables (1987)
Best Chicago scene: plenty to choose from but the pram and the Union Station steps is a cinema classic
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Best Chicago scene: ALL OF IT Chicago is the true star of this 1980s classic. Although the skyline has changed enormously since 1986!
About Last Night (1986)
Best Chicago scene: the first scene John Belushi and Rob Lowe’s lewd conversation on the El (Tube train)
The Color of Money (1986)
Best Chicagoland scene: Tom Cruise as Vince playing poole in Fitzgeralds bar in Berwyn whilst singing “Werewolves in London”
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Best Chicago scene: The “drunk as a skunk” scene outside the family home is in Evanston and the romantic end scene on the church steps in Skokie
Risky Business (1983)
Best Chicagoland scene: Tom Cruise dancing through his Highland Park homein just his pants and a shirt
Ordinary People (1980)
Best Chicagoland scene: lots of great shots of the Lake Forest area of the ‘burbs
Blues Brothers (1980)
Best Chicagoland scene: ALL OF IT the quintessential Chicago cult film. The Joilet area plays a key role. Find all the locations here http://www.bluesbrotherscentral.com/locations/
North by Northwest (1959)
Best Chicagoland scene: Cary Grant running around LaSalle station in this Hitchcock classic