Chicago Area Homes Made Famous in the Movies

May 01, 2010

There’s a new movie out this weekend that has a tie to Chicago and real estate.

It’s called “Furry Vengeance,” and it’s a live-action comedy with computer-animated effects. It’s a kid’s movie.

The premise surrounds Dan Sanders, played by Brendan Fraser, a young real estate developer who moves his family from Chicago to Oregon to build a development that would destroy a forest. This upsets the animals and crazy stuff happens. Brooke Shields plays his wife, Tammy.

Do you recognize this charming Winnetka house on Lincoln Street? It was the setting for the Home Alone movies.

The movie wasn’t filmed in Chicago, but our city, and its surrounding suburbs, has a rich history of being a movie backdrop. Here is a list of some of the movies in which real estate in Illinois played a key role to the plot.

The Blues Brothers: Jake and Elwood Blues try to save the children’s home where they were raised. Shot in Chicago, Harvey, Joliet, Park Ridge, Wauconda, Waukegan.

Dennis the Menace: Dennis torments his next-door neighbor Mr. Wilson in this comic strip adaptation. Shot in Chicago, Evanston, Des Plaines.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Remember the scene where Cameron kicks his father’s prized Ferrari out of the floor-to-ceiling window and into the ravine? That Highland Park home is for sale. Shot in Chicago, Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Winnetka.

Home Alone: That gorgeous home in this movie is located at 671 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka (see pic). Shot in Chicago, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: Shot in Chicago, Winnetka.

Home Alone 3: Shot in Chicago, Evanston, Skokie.

Only the Lonely: In this movie there is a shot that showed John Candy’s actual Chicago home at the time on West Roscoe Street near Wrigley Field. Shot in Chicago.

Ordinary People: One of the homes used in this movie was on Lincoln Ave. South in Highland Park; there were rumors that Robert Redford considered buying it after filming. Shot in Lake Forest, Highland Park, Northbrook.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: The home Steve Martin finally gets to at the end of this John Hughes movie is in Kenilworth. Also shot in Chicago, Braidwood, Coal City, Wilmington, Woodstock.

Risky Business: Watch the scene with three kids at the end of the driveway witnessing a screaming match ensue outside a Highland Park home. The boy with his elbow on his bike: That’s my brother. The two little girls around him: I believe they lived in that actual house. Shot in Chicago, Glencoe, Highland Park, Wilmette.

Sixteen Candles: The famous party scene was shot in a home in Highland Park. Also shot in Chicago, Evanston, Glencoe, Winnetka, Northfield.

Uncle Buck: The exterior of the home used in this movie was in Winnetka; the interior was a set constructed in the gym of New Trier West High School. Shot in Northbrook, Highland Park, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Lake Forest, Evanston, Chicago, Wilmette.

Wayne’s World: The movie revolved around a basement in Aurora. Actually shot in Chicago and Berwyn.

A Wedding: The house featured in the film was the real home of singer Richard Marx and actress Cynthia Rhodes. Shot in Chicago, Oak Park, Lake Forest.

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A big movie that came out this past weekend that was entirely filmed in Chicago area is ” A Nightmare on Elm Street” Fyi!
I was a scout, and am a realtor, and I found them their two main houses in Barrington! Lots of other great Chicago locations!


Home Alone was also shot in Oak Park at Grace Episcopal Church, 929 Lake St.

Oceans Twelve also featured a home in Oak Park that sold 2+ years ago – the Hurtley House, by FLW


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