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PODCAST TOUR

See Chicago’s famous movie sites during a podcast tour narrated by Chicago broadcast legend, Bill Kurtis.

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CHICAGO FILM TOUR

See the sites that made Chicago a movie star. Chicago Film Tour

  • The prop Lincoln Park Zoo mailbox used in Return to Me, proved to be a production nightmare, requiring a guard to stand watch so that zoo visitors didn't actually drop letters into it.

  • The artificial snow used in the filming of the mega-hit Home Alone was donated to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

  • During the parade sequence in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, several Chicagoans, who were not extras (including a construction worker and a window washer), began dancing. The director found it so funny he filmed them and included the shot in the movie.

  • Mermet Springs, a scuba diving park in Southern Illinois, paid only $1 for the airplane used in the action thriller U.S. Marshals. Divers today can actually swim through its hollow hull.

  • Chicago's historic Wrigley Field was used to portray nearly all of the ballparks in the Babe Ruth biopic The Babe.

  • Chicago is the home to the famous Essanay studio where Charlie Chaplin shot many of his movies in the 1930s. While Esssanay is long gone, it remains a Chicago landmark at St. Augustine college.

  • Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology campus, home to buildings designed by important architects that include Mies van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn, is the scene of a spectacular computer-generated train explosion in the action thriller Source Code.

  • For the filming of Public Enemies, the exterior of Chicago's Biograph Theater was painstakingly restored to its 1930s appearance, along with a nearby stretch of Lincoln Avenue. But when it came time to shoot interiors, the Portage Theater on the city's Northwest Side filled the bill, having retained its original ornate movie palace atmosphere over the years.

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