Chicago’s Past, Told in a Trio of Lesser-Known Films

November 11, 2014

Chicago Film Archives

Visitors and locals love to delight in recounting Chicago locations featured in iconic Hollywood films. From the dramatic vistas of Chicago featured from Lake Shore Drive (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,” anyone?) to the long-gone Trailways bus terminal (hello, “Adventures in Babysitting”), the Second City has been a popular place to shoot on location since the days of Essanay Studios.

But what of those lesser-known gems? The curious industrial films that feature the city, the odd travelogue, or even an artist’s interpretation of Chicago during the holidays all are worthy of folks curious about Windy City history.

Here are a few gems, complete with my own viewing suggestions for don’t miss moments within these fine frames.

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