Hint: After you've "checked-in" at each venue, look for Explore Chicago's Tips on your Foursquare Game for behind-the-scenes movie anecdotes.
1. The Skydeck at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr.
First stop: The Skydeck, where Ferris, Cameron and Sloane pressed their foreheads against the glass to get a good look down. Feeling brave? Venture out onto The Ledge, where you can look 103 stories down through a glass box that extends out 4.3 feet from the edge of the building. Come on, Ferris would have done it.
2. The Art Institute of Chicago - 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Second stop: The Art Institute, where Cameron becomes captivated by the little girl at the center of Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 (1884–86).
3. Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.
Third stop: Wrigley Field, where Ferris catches a foul ball at a Cubs game and Cameron heckles the opposing team. Sa-wing, batta!
4. Chicago Board of Trade, 141 W. Jackson Blvd.
Practice your trader hand signals at the CME Group's Visitor Center. Unfortunately, to see the trading floor itself, you have to book ahead with a school group or industry group…unless you know us, that is. Get a close-up look at the Trading Floor through our gigapan: http://bit.ly/4qaqln
5. Calder's Flamingo sculpture - 50 W. Adams St. at S. Dearborn St.
Cameron and Sloan are seen standing in front of Alexander Calder's Flamingo sculpture. Other famous outdoor sculptures visible in this scene are Picasso's Untitled sculpture in Daley Plaza (Washington & Dearborn) and Chagall's Four Seasons mosaic (10 S. Dearborn St., Chase Tower). Ferris joins the German-American Von Steuben Day Parade on Dearborn near Madison (a few blocks north of Calder's sculpture), where he lip syncs to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen" and The Beatles' "Twist and Shout".
BUELLER BONUS STOPS
While these bonus stops won't help you earn your On Location Badge, they will help you round out your perfect "day off".
BONUS #1: While the the German-American Von Steuben Day Parade scene was shot at a downtown location, the parade actually occurs every September in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. To get a taste of German-American culture any time of year, visit the Chicago Brauhaus (4732 N. Lincoln Ave), where it's always Oktoberfest.
BONUS #2: While the upscale French restaurant Chez Paul no longer exists, Chicago has more top-rated AAA five diamond restaurants than any other city in the country. You don’t need to pretend to be Abe Froeman, the Sausage King of Chicago, to snag a last minute reservation. Try the Foodie or OpenTable apps to see which restaurants have last minute openings.
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