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25 Mar - Guide To Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Chicago Local Guides

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic John Hughes flick, Ferris Bueller’s Day off. Chicago is celebrating this this milestone in May with a three-day FerrisFest in his honor. Can’t wait that long? Throw on your favorite white tee & Clubmaster shades for an adventure through the Windy City, visiting the same spots featured in the film.

After your tour, stop by the Freehand for coffee / cocktails / eats!

(Feature photo by @travel_chicago)

Cameron’s House
370 Beech Street

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AKA: The Ben Rose House, located in Highland Park, IL. This modernist home plays an important role in the film, as it is the spot where the boys steal Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari and later drive it through the window. You killed the car! (Photo by @egglestonworks)

Glenbrook North High School
2300 Shermer Road

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First stop after stealing the Ferrari? Picking Ferris’ girlfriend Sloan up from school while posing as her father.  (Photo by @chrisalanjones)

Willis Tower Observation Deck
233 South Wacker Drive

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Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the observation deck at Willis Tower is the first official stop the crew makes as a group. Now lean against the glass….and look down. Check out how peaceful the city looks at 1,353 feet. (Photo by @spencercjordanart)

Chicago Board of Trade
141 West Jackson Boulevard

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After, the group watches the traders and brokers go to work at the Chicago Board of Trade. The visitor center is open until 4pm Mon-Fri, so study up on Cameron’s hand gestures and get trading!  (Photo by @jungtfeng)

Chez Quis
22 West Schiller Street

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Think you have what it takes to be Abe Froman, The Sausage King of Chicago? Stop by the exterior location of the fancy restaurant to find out. Side note: this is a house, the interior shots were filmed at a restaurant in California. (Photo by @timmyo)

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

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Follow in Cameron’s footsteps and get lost in the small dots of Seruat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, or fall in love like Sloan and Ferris looking at Chagall’s American Windows at the Art Institute. (Photo by @bucadisteppo)

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street

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Hey batter, batter! Kick back with a hot dog at a Cubs game on a sunny afternoon…Just make sure Ed Rooney isn’t watching the game on TV.  (Photo by @travel_chicago)

Federal Plaza / Von Steuben Day Parade
50 West Washington Street / Dearborn from Randolph down to Jackson.

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The last stop on your epic day off is the German-American Parade location, featured in the most memorable scene of the movie. Lip sync “Danke Schoen” and re-create the “Twist and Shout” dance with your friends and passersby! (Photo by @philip_p_thomas)