Monday, August 31, 2015
It's true, the classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film was re-made in 2010 with an all new cast. As iconic as the original ANOES house was, the re-make did a nice job of finding their own Freddy/Nancy house. The center character of the re-make was Nancy Holbrook and this is her house in the still above, from the film. Below is the same house in August of 2015. You can find it at 214 Linden Road in Barrington, Illinois.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Gary's house was the central location for the 1985 film "Weird Science." Above is a still from the film, showing the exterior of the house. Below is the same location in August of 2015. You can find it at 1200 Linden Avenue in Highland Park, Illinois.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
In the film "Home Alone," Kevin hunts down a fake Santa to tell him he wants his family back in hopes the fake Santa will tell the real Santa. Above is a still from the film; below is the same location in August of 2015. You can find this spot at 810 Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Illinois.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Exchequer Restaurant is an establishment that was frequented by the infamous gangster, Al Capone. This restaurant is extremely proud that Capone was a regular, so much so that the wait staff wears shirts with bullet holes in them. The food is good and the beer is cold, what more can you ask for? You can find the Exchequer Restaurant & Pub at 226 South Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Woodstock Theatre - "Groundhog Day" & "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" Filming Location - Woodstock, IL
Woodstock Theatre was used for the theater scene in the film "Groundhog Day." You can see how the theater appeared in the film in the two stills above. Below is how the theater looked in August of 2015.
The theater was also seen briefly in the film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." In the still below, you can see a shot down Main Street with the theater's marquee on the left.
The theater can be found at 209 Main Street in Woodstock, Illinois.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
New Trier West High School, located at 7 Happ Road in Northfield, Illinois, was used as Tia's school in the 1989 movie "Uncle Buck." In the still above from the film, you can see Buck pull up in his car. Below is the same spot in August of 2015.
In the still above, Tia and Bug snuggle on the steps of the school. Below is the same spot in 2015.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
The John Hancock Center, located at 875 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, was used as the exterior of Caroline's apartment in the 1988 film "Poltergeist 3." It was also the motivation for the movie poster, seen above. Below is the building in August of 2015.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
In the 1985 film "Weird Science," Gary Wallace's crush on his classmate Deb culminated with a kiss outside of her home. Above is a still from the film. Below is the same location in August of 2015. You can see the trim around the front door is the same 30 years later! Find this house at 1150 Linden Avenue in Highland Park, Illinois.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
This is the church where Kevin hid in the nativity scene in the film "Home Alone." Above is a still from the film; below is the same location in August of 2015. You can find it at 1024 Lake Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois.
Friday, August 21, 2015
John Wayne Gacy was convicted of killing 33 teenage boys and young men inside his Des Plaines, Illinois home between 1972 and 1978. Gacy was executed for his crimes on May 10th, 1994.
The image above shows where he had hidden the bodies in his home, mainly below the floor boards.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The dance scenes from the film "Groundhog Day" were filmed at the Moose Lodge, located at 406 Clay Street in Woodstock, Illinois. Above is a still from the film, shot from within the Moose Lodge. Below is the exterior of the building in August of 2015.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
In the above still from the film "Uncle Buck," Buck visited a house party in search of his niece. You can see Buck's car in the driveway. Below is the same house in August of 2015. The address is 2224 Crabtree Lane in Northbrook, Illinois.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Save Ferris water tower, as shown in the above still from the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," is located in downtown Northbrook, Illinois. The lettering stayed on the water tower for many years but was eventually painted over. Below is how the water tower looked in August of 2015.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
The 1992 film "Home Alone 2" is set in the city of New York. However, parts of it were shot in Chicago. For example, the fictitious Duncan's Toy Chest was shot in Chicago's downtown. Above is a still from the film. Below is the same location in August of 2015. You can find it at 209 South LaSalle Street.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Bill Murray's character robs an armored car in front of a bank in the 1993 film "Groundhog Day." The two images above are stills from the film showing the waitress approach the armored car and then Murray taking the money. Below is that same location in August of 2015. It is located at 188 Cass Street in Woodstock, Illinois.