Kevin McCallister’s house. The Groundhog Day Bed and Breakfast. The mansion from the reception in My Best Friend’s Wedding. All seemly different locations coming from vastly different stories – and yet, all of these homes have something in common: they can be found in and around Chicago. Take a peek at our list of iconic movie homes, and see if you can find your favorites!
Home Alone – Kevin McCallister’s House
671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL
Look familiar? Welcome to the McCallister’s house from Home Alone. Director John Hughes chose this beautiful Georgian revival mansion as the backdrop to depict a typical suburban residence. The 4,200sqft home was built in 1920 sold recently for just over $1.5 million.
Sixteen Candles – Samantha’s House
3022 Payne St, Evanston, IL
Once again, Director John Hughes felt right at home on Chicago’s North side in Evanston. This 1931 revival style home is where Molly Ringwald’s character Samantha lived in the classic favorite, Sixteen Candles. Although the house has been expanded since the filming, who could forget Samantha and Jake sharing a kiss in front of this beautiful home?
The Fugitive – Dr. Kimble’s Condo
336 W. Wisconson, Chicago, IL
Legend has it that Harrison Ford had dinner with the owner of the house, Polish doctor Norbert Gleicher, and fell in love with the residence. Next thing Dr. Gleicher knew, his home had found it’s way into The Fugitive. The loft design is almost unmatched with four floors and 6,000sqft. Lucky for you, it’s for sale again – and could be yours for the tune of a tidy $3.5 million.
Groundhog Day – The Bed and Breakfast
334 Fremont St. Woodstock, IL
If you’re looking to do it all over (and over, and over, and over again), this IL location is the perfect place – and made the backdrop for the rural Pennsylvania town in Groundhog Day. Bill Murray played weatherman Phil Connors who, in the movie, stayed at this bed and breakfast. When they filmed here, it was a private residence, but has since been converted into an eight-bedroom B&B that’s open for business to this day. If you’re there and find yourself hungry, be sure to have breakfast at the Double Yolk Café, where Bill had quite a few meals himself. FYI: this year is the 25th anniversary of Groundhog Day. Rumor has it that Bill Murray might just show up and walk around town.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Cameron Frye’s House
370 Beech St, Highland Park, IL
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is another John Hughes movie that’s famous for being shot in Chicago. Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), who lived here, was best friends with Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and almost stole the show when his dad’s Ferrari went backwards through these very windows and down in the ravine. The house was built in 1953 and was designed by A. James Speyer, a student of Chicago modernist architect Mies van der Rohe. Later, a student of Speyer’s added the pavilion in 1974.
Risky Business – Joel Goodson’s House
1258 Linden St, Highland Park, IL
Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) lived here with his parents in Risky Business. When his folks decide to go on a trip alone, all heck breaks loose. During the movie, the house is used for all kinds of interesting hijinks – and by the end the house takes on a character of its own.
Ordinary People – The Family House
1199 Lincoln Avenue S, Highland Park, IL
Highland Park seems like the place to be – and when Robert Redford decided to film Ordinary People here, it all worked out for him. This house, along with a cast including Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch and Elizabeth McGovern, won him several Academy Awards, including best picture and best director.
My Best Friend’s Wedding – The Wedding Reception Mansion
1350 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL
Julia Roberts played New York food critic Julianne Potter and got to enjoy a wedding reception at the Beautiful Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon hills in the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding. The mansion was built for Samuel Insull, an original founder of General Electric, in the Italianate style. It was donated to Loyola University in 2009 along with its extensive historic art collection, and is occasionally open for self-guided tours.
Road to Perdition – Gangster John Rooney’s Home
225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL
This is the Dawes house, named for former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Charles G. Dawes, who owned it for almost 50 years. Designed by H. Edwards Ficken, the house became a national landmark in 1976. Since 1960 it has been home to the Evanston History Center, which offers guided tours.
While You Were Sleeping – The Callaghan Family House
203 Eight Ave, La Grange, IL
La Grange is a ways out there from Chicago but is one of the greatest blue-collar towns in IL. In fact, one of the ways I put myself through college was working as a laborer at a road paving company based there. Although I never worked with Bill Pullman or Peter Gallagher, they called this home during the filming of While You Were Sleeping. And of course, no matter how many times I took the train on the CTA, the person taking my money never looked like Sandra Bullock.