Hollywood Meets the Windy City… The Chicago Film Tour

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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.

food porn and much more 262 Here is the bus that transports you through thirty miles and film history in just two hours.

food porn and much more 268 Patrick will lead you on a hilarious journey through film history in Chicago.

food porn and much more 310 In Uptown, is the historic Green Mill . It’s  a great place for jazz and was where the films “Kissing A Fool” and more recently, “The Dilemma” were shot.

food porn and much more 273 Not only is the home of our beloved “Cubbies” It is where the movies “A League of Their Own” and “The Break Up”  It is also where “ER” shot several episodes.

food porn and much more 278 The Art Institute is where the classic “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off” was shot. Ferris was enjoying himself at the museum.

food porn and much more 282 Here is the designer’s showcase “Merchandise Mart” It was where  “The Dark Knight” in the Batman series was shot.

food porn and much more 269Uptown also features the Riviera where music acts come to perform. In “The Break Up” is where the theatre is the location where the Old 97’s perform in the movie.

food porn and much more 265 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.

About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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