ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.
With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.
What is the best film or TV show shot in Chicago?
“Glengarry Glen Ross.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries
“Drama: Ordinary People. Shattering performances by all involved. / Comedy: Adventures in Babysitting. The great Albert Collins”. — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle
“Child’s Play, or Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”. — Lea Grover, Becoming SuperMommy
“About Last Night. Love that flick.” — Kelly Konrad, LitzyDitz
“Shrink was phenomenal, on Seeso, which is defunct, but it should be sold to another content provider at some point (I.e. Netflix). And then High Fidelity is hard to deny as far as well known media goes”. — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences
“‘Early Edition’ is still my favorite, many years later. A magic Chicago Sun-Times was delivered to the hero’s door daily — with news of something that would happen if the hero and friends didn’t act. It wasn’t always in Chicago — there was a story in November from Dallas. But there was plenty of Chicago culture with the scenery.” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious
“The Chi is a really good brand new one.” — Katy McDermott Maher, I Got a Dumpster Family!
“Nothing In Common. Jackie Gleason’s last role. Saw it in the theatre with my mom when I was 12 or 13 and while I liked it then, I developed a greater appreciation for it after taking care of her. That year (1986) seems to be the height of films shot in Chicago.” — MBA Mom
“Two campy choices: The Night Stalker and Special Unit 2”. — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life
“‘The Blues Brothers’. I hate Illinois Nazis”. — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes
“Shameless!” — Kimberly Franklin Nadel, Kim Got Your Tongue
“Even though it is sad to see Chicago destroyed, it was cool seeing it featured in the Divergent books and movies.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good
“Medium Cool (1969). Since I came of age during the 1960s I am partial to this film directed by cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who had a film resume of shooting films that asked questions about society and an individual’s place within it, often featuring non-conformist protagonists (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bound for Glory, In the Heat of the Night and others). He also shot a lot of documentaries and Medium Cool employs both dramatic and documentary footage. A climatic sequence was shot during the 1968 “Police Riot” in Grant Park during the Democratic National Convention. It was a very influential film in terms of its stark, but beautiful, cinema vérité style. I believe it helped begin the movement toward visual realism in American mainstream movies (the style had been popular in French and Italian films for two decades) like The French Connection, Mean Streets (Martin Scorcese’s first theatrical release), and even The Godfather I which was shot almost entirely on location.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs
“High Fidelity is way up there when it comes to my all-time favorite Chicago based movies. In addition to the kick-ass soundtrack, and of course, the magnificent John Cusack, the movie visits some amazing local spots around Chicago’s Northside and Loop area. The movie mainly focuses on our hero, Rob Gordon, again played by JC, as he contemplates why his latest love interest has left him. In doing so, he reminisces about his Top 5 past loves all while visiting Chicago spots such as Lounge Ax in the Depaul area, which is across from the Biograph Theatre (where John Dillinger was shot, of course), the Music Box Theatre, Double Door, Smith and Wollensky in the Loop, and of course, Wicker Park’s fictional record store, Championship Vinyl. Even Lane Tech High School makes an appearance for about 15 seconds. It’s an amazing movie with a hilarious, down to earth story and it’s one of my all-time favorites. And of course, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but that’s a given.” — The Parental Venting Machine
“1987 ‘The Untouchables.’ Sean Connery: ‘You wanna get Capone?….THAT’S the Chicago Way!'” — The Urban Landlady
“Ferris. Hands down. I was a teenager growing up here and lived vicariously through them on their day off.” — Nina Kushner Vallone, You Know Neen
“‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’ I know. I know. Only the last scenes were here. But it is a great movie! And I live five minutes from El Rancho Motel, where they stay near the end of the movie. Oooh, it’s a Casio…” — James Warda, Where Are We Going So Fast?
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