Scores of big screen features have been shot in cities statewide. Click the map below to explore the many movies of Illinois.

The list of films made in Illinois is hundreds long and always growing.
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THE BREAK-UP

This comedy concerns a couple who decides to break up, despite the fact that neither of them is willing to move out of the Chicago condo they share. Numerous film locations around the city include the bike path that winds along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach, the funky Fireside Bowl in the Logan Square neighborhood, the Riviera Theatre in Uptown (site of some of the hippest concerts in Chicago) and historic Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team, in Wrigleyville.

  • North Avenue Beach bike path,
    North Avenue at the lakefront
  • Fireside Bowl,
    2646 W. Fullerton Avenue
  • Riviera Theatre,
    4746 N. Racine Avenue
  • Wrigley Field,
    1060 W. Addison Street

DERAILED

In this thriller, two married business executives meet on a Metra train to Chicago and begin a dangerous affair. Chicago filming sites include Union Station, a 1920s stunner designed by Daniel Burnham that is still a major rail hub in the city today; and the ice rink at Millennium Park, Chicago's 24-acre showplace for the arts that also features the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a unique outdoor performance venue.

  • Union Station,
    210 S. Canal Street
  • Millennium Park,
    along Michigan Avenue,
    between Randolph and Monroe streets

ROAD TO PERDITION

In this period drama a hit man for an Irish gangster finds himself on the run and looking for revenge after his young son witnesses a mob killing. The movie was filmed primarily on location in the Chicago area, including the interiors, which were shot on a soundstage that was specially constructed in a city armory. The iconic shot of the hit man's car driving into Chicago involved 120 1930s-era cars motoring over the downtown LaSalle Street Bridge on a quiet Sunday morning.

  • LaSalle Street Bridge, between Kinzie Street and Wacker Drive
  • The Chicago Cultural Center,
    78 E. Washington Street

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Set for release in November 2006, this flick focuses on an IRS auditor who suddenly finds himself the subject of narration that only he can hear. Chicago movie locations include the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), located just south of the Loop near Greektown; and downtown Daley Plaza, home to a huge outdoor Picasso sculpture.

  • UIC East Campus,
    1200 W. Harrison Street
  • Daley Plaza,
    Dearborn at Washington Street

THE WEATHER MAN

A loved and loathed Chicago weatherman must decide if he should pursue his career in New York City or stay put with his dysfunctional family. Location sites include the ice rink at Millennium Park (which doubles as one of the city's biggest alfresco dining patios during the summer months).

  • Millennium Park, along Michigan Avenue, between Randolph and Monroe streets

THE FUGITIVE

This crime thriller involves an eminent surgeon who is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and is pursued by a relentless U.S. Marshal. The film was shot around the city, including scenes at the majestic Hilton Chicago (which was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1927), downtown Daley Plaza (the site of numerous outdoor events year round, ranging from Pumpkin Plaza in October to Christkindlmarket during the holidays), the L train (named for the elevated tracks that encircle the city) and even a foot chase through a parade.

  • Daley Plaza, Hilton Chicago,
    720 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Dearborn at Washington Street

THE BLUES BROTHERS

In this comedy classic set in Chicago, the Blues Brothers are on a “mission from God” to save the Catholic home where they were raised by putting together their old blues band for a fundraising concert. One of the most memorable scenes is a car chase that ends with the pair crashing their Bluesmobile into Chicago's Daley Center. Although the interiors for the Blues Brothers' concert were shot at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, the exterior is actually Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center, a beautifully restored historic landmark that offers arts programs.

  • Daley Center,
    Dearborn at Washington Street
  • South Shore Cultural Center,
    7059 South Shore Drive

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

In this romantic comedy a lonely Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) worker saves a handsome commuter from being hit by an El (elevated) train and tries to fool his family into believing that the two are engaged while he is hospitalized in a coma. Naturally, Chicago's CTA trains are prominently featured, along with North Michigan Avenue (home to upscale shops and boutiques) and the luxurious Lake Point Tower, one of the premier residential addresses in Chicago.

  • North Michigan Avenue, between Oak Street and Wacker Drive
  • Lake Point Tower,
    505 N. Lake Shore Drive

OCEAN'S ELEVEN

An all-star cast recreates the ‘60s Rat Pack flick about a charismatic thief who assembles a team of elite criminals to help him pull off the most elaborate Las Vegas casino heist in history. Chicago film locations include Emmit's Irish Pub, a great neighborhood bar with loads of authentic Chicago atmosphere in the West Loop area.

  • Emmit's Irish Pub,
    495 N.Milwaukee Avenue

NEVER BEEN KISSED

A charming copy editor for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper is recruited to write an undercover story about high school life, but falls for a teacher instead. Chicago sites include the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, one of the city's most popular lakefront destinations that's also home to the Chicago Children's Museum, dining and sightseeing cruise ships, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

  • Navy Pier,
    600 E. Grand Avenue

MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING

In this romantic comedy a food critic jealously tries to put a stop to her best buddy's wedding. The movie filmed extensively around Chicago, including the historic Drake Hotel on North Michigan Avenue; on a Mercury boat cruise as it sailed down the Chicago River; and at the suburban Cuneo Museum & Gardens, a Mediterranean-style mansion that features 75 acres of beautiful formal gardens. The gazebo featured in one of the wedding scenes was built for the film, but Cuneo's owners decided to keep it permanently.

  • The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place
  • Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive
  • Cuneo Museum & Gardens,
    1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills

HIGH FIDELITY

A Chicago record store owner takes stock of his life and loves as he ponders “middle age” while still in his 30s. Several Chicago movie locations include Wicker Park's Double Door (a hip venue that has hosted everyone from up-and-coming alternative bands to the Rolling Stones) and the legendary Green Mill jazz club in Uptown (a former speakeasy that was frequented by gangsters back in the day).

  • Double Door,
    1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue
  • The Green Mill,
    4802 N. Broadway Street

BARBERSHOP & BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS

The original comedy and its sequel concerns a Chicago man who inherits his father's struggling South Side barbershop, then tries to buy it back from a local loan shark and stave off competition from a barbershop chain when he realizes its importance to the community. Several scenes were shot at the intersection of East 79th and Exchange streets on the South Side of Chicago.

  • Intersection of East 79th and
    Exchange streets

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF

This classic Chicago teen comedy involves the wise-cracking title character who decides to cut school and see the city with his friends. Their romp around Chicago includes stops at The Art Institute (one of the world's leading art museums that's known for its important collection of French Impressionist paintings), Chicago Board of Trade (the world's oldest futures and options exchange that's housed in a magnificent Art Deco building), and the Sears Tower Skydeck (offering dizzying views of the city from atop one of the world's tallest buildings). The movie's famed Twist and Shout scene was filmed during the city's annual Von Steuben Day Parade.

  • The Art Institute,
    111 S. Michigan Avenue
  • Chicago Board of Trade,
    141 W. Jackson Boulevard
  • Sears Tower Skydeck,
    233 S. Wacker Drive

RUNNING SCARED

Two Chicago cops work to bring down a drug kingpin before they retire and head off to sunny Key West to open a bar together. The climax of the movie takes place in the Thompson Center. One of the movie's most memorable scenes is a car chase that takes place on the city's El (elevated) train tracks.

  • Downtown Chicago L tracks

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

This romantic comedy is all about looking for love and trying to find the answer to the age-old question of whether men and women can really be just friends. The opening scene in which Harry and Sally meet right after graduating from college was filmed at the English Gothic-style University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, which was co-founded in 1890 by oil magnate John D. Rockefeller.

  • University of Chicago,
    5801 S. Ellis Avenue

BATMAN BEGINS

The dark superhero returns in this larger-than-life adventure flick about how Bruce Wayne became Batman. The thrilling Batmobile chase scenes were shot on the maze of streets that make up lower Wacker Drive.

  • Lower Wacker Drive, downtown Chicago

BACKDRAFT

This action film centers on two feuding firefighter brothers who battle Chicago blazes and an arsonist on the loose. Many of the extras used in the movie were actual Chicago firefighters. Much of the filming took place at the Chinatown Fire Station, located right across the street from the ornamental gateway to Wentworth Avenue, Chinatown's main drag that's filled with shops and restaurants.

  • Chinatown Fire Station,
    Cermak Road at Wentworth Avenue

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

In this fast-paced action thriller, a secret government agent is wrongly accused of the death of his espionage team and must find the real spy killer on his own. In the movie, the head of the Impossible Missions Force stays at Chicago's historic Drake Hotel, located at the northern tip of the Magnificent Mile.

  • The Drake Hotel,
    140 E. Walton Place

HOOP DREAMS

This Oscar-nominated documentary follows the lives of two inner city Chicago youths as they pursue their dreams of becoming basketball stars. The movie filmed extensively around Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing complex, as well as at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • University of Illinois,
    1401 W. Green Street, Urbana

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION

In this wacky comedy a Chicago family takes a hysterical road trip across country to reach a theme park on the West Coast. Illinois scenes include Buckingham Fountain in downtown Chicago's Grant Park (seen spouting its famous cascades of water in the background as the family leaves Chicago) and the Poplar Street Bridge that spans the Mississippi River in East. St. Louis (where the family gets lost).

  • Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, along Michigan Avenue between Monroe and Balbo streets
  • Poplar Street Bridge, at the Mississippi River, East St. Louis





Break-Up: © 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credits: The Break Up- Credit: Mark Segal, The Weatherman- City of Chicago and Mark Montgomery, The Blues Brothers- City of Chicago and Graphics and Reproduction, Ferris Bueller's Day Off- CCTB, Batman Begins- City of Chicago and Peter J. Schulz, Backdraft- Jason Lindsey, Mission Impossible- CCTB, Hoop Dreams- University of Illinois Sports Information, National Lampoon's Vacation- City of Chicago and Willy Schmidt