Famous Movies Make Chicago Their Home

Large Brick House from Home Alone movie in Winnetka, IL.

This beautiful Winnetka home was made famous by the movie “Home Alone” in 1995.

It’s hard to believe that Home Alone, the famous Christmas time movie, was released 25 years ago. Filmed right here in Chicago’s North Shore, this movie helped show how beautiful Chicago real estate can be. This must-watch holiday movie was filmed on location in a beautiful Winnetka house.
Home Alone is one of many locally filmed movies that brought the Chicago area to the big screen. Here are a few movies featuring Chicago real estate.
Home Alone: This movie was filmed in Winnetka, Chicago, Evanston and Wilmette. The home is located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka (see pic).
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: Even though this movie is set in New York, it was actually filmed right here in Chicago and Winnetka.
Home Alone 3: Filmed in Winnetka and Chicago.
Dennis the Menace: Adapted from the comic strip, Dennis taunts his next-door neighbor with his hilarious antics. This movie was filmed in Des Plaines, Evanston and Chicago.
Only the Lonely: John Candy’s actual Chicago residence near Wrigley Field on West Roscoe Street was used for a scene in this movie. The entire movie was filmed in Chicago.
Ordinary People: This is another film that demonstrated how beautiful the Chicago suburbs are. Filmed in Northbrook, Lake Forest and Highland Park, it is rumored that Robert Redford contemplated purchasing the Lincoln Ave. home featured in the movie in South Highland Park.
Planes, Train & Automobiles: At the end of this John Hughes movie Steve Martin finally makes it home to Kenilworth. The film was also shot in Coal City, Wilmington, Braidwood, Woodstock and Chicago.
Uncle Buck: Uncle Buck is another film set in the suburbs featuring John Candy. A home in Winnetka was used for the exterior shots. The set for the interior of the home was built in the gym of New Trier West High School. Other scenes for the movie were filmed in Glencoe, Highland Park, Northbrook, Lake Forest, Evanston, Wilmette, Chicago and Northfield.
Wayne’s World: Filmed in Berwyn and Chicago, this movie focused on two friends in a basement in Aurora.
A Wedding: Singer Richard Marx and his wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes, owned the home featured in this movie.. Scenes were also filmed in Oak Park, Lake Forest and Chicago.
The Blues Brothers: This film is based on the antics of Jake and Elwood Blues as they try to protect the children’s home where they grew up. Scenes for this famous film were shot in Wauconda, Waukegan, Harvey, Joliet, Park Ridge and Waukegan.
Sixteen Candles: This film was shot in Evanston, Glencoe, Winnetka, Northfield and Chicago. The famous party scene took place in a home located in Highland Park.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Who can forget the scene when Cameron kicks his father’s cherished Ferrari through a floor to ceiling window and into a ravine? That scene was filmed in a home in Highland Park. Other scenes were filmed in Glencoe, Northbrook, Winnetka and Chicago.
Risky Business: Scenes from this movie took place in Chicago, Glencoe, Highland Park and Wilmette. The home used in the movie is located in Highland Park.
As you sit down to watch some of these classic movies during the holiday season, remember to enjoy the scenes of our beautiful city of Chicago.