Time traveling to movie sets was outlawed when an extratemporal visitor tripped over a cable on the set of Adventures in Babysitting, creating an alternate universe where that film won Best Picture. Enjoy a legal immersion into film history with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a two-hour bus tour of Chicago’s cinematic landmarks from Chicago Film Tour (a $30 value). When Spring arrives Chicago Film Tour is scheduled to run twice daily (at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM) Thursday through Sunday; however, they are willing to add more tours or use larger buses to accommodate demand.
Chicago Film Tour takes motley movie lovers and sundry cinemaniacs on a trek around the Windy City to showcase some of the locations featured prominently in both classic and contemporary films. Upon booking a ticket for the tour, passengers will board Chicago Film Tour’s motor coach and be whisked away on a guided exploration of more than 30 shooting locations featured in more than 75 films. The bus is equipped with video screens showing the movie scenes filmed at each of the tour’s stops. Feel the ghost of Matthew Broderick’s youth haunt locations from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Spark an internal debate about the ever-changing definition of good and evil in a morally gray world of unchecked chaos with locations featured in The Dark Knight. Or set out on a mission from an unnamed deity to resurrect John Belushi after the tour, using the arcane knowledge gained from the in-bus viewing of shooting locations for The Blues Brothers. Other films featured on the tour include The Fugitive, North by Northwest, The Sting, and The Break-Up. Along the way, you’ll also learn film lingo, delightful behind-the-scenes trivia, and the history of Chicago filmmaking.
With pick-up next to the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s on Clark Street, the tour runs approximately two hours—or nearly one viewing of Road to Perdition, also featured on the tour—though tour length depends on traffic and weather, much like most Chicago film productions. Take a break from writing your epic biopic of Toni Kukoc and gain fresh inspiration from Chicago Film Tour’s up-close look at Midwestern movie magic.
Chicago Film Tour
Trundling down the iconic avenues and streets of the Windy City, Chicago Film Tour’s coach glides by local sights featured on the silver screen in movies such as The Dark Knight, The Fugitive, and The Blues Brothers. Each of the 30 locations on the signature tour features an accompanying movie clip played on the bus’s video monitors. Occasional special tours center on sites from one particular film, and passengers can bring their own beverages and snacks on board to re-create their favorite moments in product placement.
Near North Side
600 N Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654Get Directions