Chicago Real Estate, As Seen In the Movies

Chicago Real Estate, As Seen In the Movies

If you've ever been to Chicago, you're bound to recognize different landmarks, buildings, and houses from classic, American movies. We're big fans of John Hughes and his ilk, and we love seeing how different cinematographers and directors reimagine Chicago. Of course, we're also into the real world real estate found in these movies. Here are six movies that found a home right here in Chicago: 

1. The Glass House From Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Though viewers are still exclaiming "Save Ferris!" almost 30 years later, nobody wanted to save this house from the market for very long, as Time explains: 

The unusual Highland Park, Ill., property’s adjustable walls, two separate units and popularity as a pop culture landmark had real estate agents going 'Anyone? Anyone?' for years — its $1.06m price tag is well below the original $2.3 million asking price from 2009. Perhaps the house’s notable architectural history — it was designed by A. James Speyer in 1953 in the style of Ludwidg Mies van der Rohe — made up for the lack of a fiery-red Ferrari in the end."

2. Harrison Ford's Lincoln Park Digs From The Fugitive

Even though it set the scene for a gruesome murder that led to Dr. Richard Kimble's false arrest and incarceration in 1993's The Fugitive, this Lincoln Park mansion looks warm, modern, and sleek when it's not on film. This movie also does a great job of featuring Chicago landmarks and celebrations, all mapped out so you can visit their exact locations (spoiler alert). 

3. Macaulay Culkin's Winnetka Brick House In Home Alone

Out in the north suburbs of Chicago, this famous house last sold for more than $1.5 million, per reports from The Chicago Tribune. We just hope that it comes with a home security system designed by Kevin McCallister

4. "The Light Was Yellow, Sir:" The House From The Blues Brothers

Right before Elwood and Jake Blues start a police chase through a Chicago mall, a cop pulls them over in front of Park Ridge home about 15 miles northwest of the Loop. This house last sold in 2015 for about $388,000 in 2015, but will forever be remembered as the location for the beginning of our favorite crime spree, a Chicago-based "mission from God." 

5. The Best Loft of All Time From High Fidelity

Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity follows a brooding John Cusack throughout the Windy City. When he goes to meet with his "truly awful" ex-flame, Charlie, at her Ukrainian Village loft. According to The Huffington Postthe Ohio street abode hit the market last year for about $1.2 million and is just as cool as Charlie was back in college

6. The Unforgettable House From a Forgettable Birthday In Sixteen Candles

Sam Baker's house from Sixteen Candles sits up in Evanston, out in the "totally outer limits" of Chicago, where you can drive past it and just feel the teenage angst. But, it's a private residence now, so it's good to follow Roadtripper's advice and "admire from afar." 

From this list, it's easy to see why filmmakers choose Chicago for their movie locations. With its recognizable landscape and architecture, along with aesthetics that suit a limitless array of styles, this city makes a vibrant and rich backdrop for cinematic storytelling. 

And, if you want to make it part of your story, drop the Real Group team a line! We would love to help you find a new place to call home!

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