People have no idea how much Chicago has contributed to the entertainment industry. Everything from the Broadway tryouts to the famous actors who have trounched the boards and ended up in Hollywood in movies and television. Right now, there is a movie and tv series currently shooting in downtown. The successful “Transformers” is occupying Wacker once again and “Chicago Fire” is shooting in various spots around town.
Today we were the guests of the friendly folks of the Chicago Film Tour. I must admit with all of my film history classes that I have taken , I learned some new facts and had fun on the way. We started out from the Rock and Roll McDonalds on our time machine through film history. Here is where you board your luxurious bus . Make sure to be on time and sit on the left, you will see more. Patrick McDonald , who is an actual film critic for HollywoodChicago entertains as well as informs. Multi media is utilized to point out to guests the actual scenes of the movies featured on the tour.
Pop culture is at its best is brought to life as you see landmarks from your favorite movies like “Home Alone,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off” It was exciting to get to see a different view of the streets I walk every day. Since I have appeared as an extra in several movies, it brought back sweet memories of when I first arrived from Ohio.
You will also learn some fascinating facts about the history of the movies itself. For example , the Oscar itself is made right here in Chicago. Uptown is not only the home of the famed Green Mill Tavern used in countless movies, but also there is a silent film studio Essanay Studios. Today it is where St Augustine College is located with the original S on the front still in tact.
Television is also spotlighted on the tour with the openings of “The Bob Newhart Show” “Married With Children” and “Good Times” “ER” was prominently featured in many scenes around town from Wrigley to Navy Pier. Today the tradition continues with “Chicago Fire” and the upcoming “Chicago PD.”
I recommend this tour for anyone with a true love of all things movie and tv. It will bring back moments from your favorite movies and give you some great trivia for your next dinner party. The phone number is 312 593-4455. Also consider taking their hilarious “Blues Brothers ” tour as well.
Here is “tour guide” Vince Vaughn from a scene from “The Break Up” welcoming you on the tour. An example of the fun you will have on the “Chicago Film Tour.” TVs are used to show films as you view their locations.