Watching movies: good. Recreating them: better. In honour of Chicago International Film Festival (12-26 Oct) and the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (9-12 Nov), LUXE has rounded up some famous Chi-Town locays that have starred in big-name flicks. Grab your real-life romantic hero/heroine, and prepare to hit the streets. Video camera, director’s chair and Oscar-nabbing script: optional.
For fans of… When Harry Met Sally
Who could possibly resist a bit of vintage Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal? Not us, that’s for sure. Recreate some of the movie’s iconic rom-com moments in Hyde Park, on Lake Shore Drive and in the Main Quad of the University of Chicago, where it all begins when the pair are introduced by a mutual friend.
For fans of… North by Northwest
Head to downtown Chicago for LaSalle Street Station – but not to take the train. Instead, you’re here to relive scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s nail-bitingly tense classic, North by Northwest – starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint – which was filmed in the late Fifties, and named as one of the greatest movies of all time. NB film geeks: the station also played a cameo role in the popular Seventies flick, The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
For fans of… The Dark Knight
If you like your drinks with a side of cinematic credentials, sink a pint or two at Twin Anchors, which was immortalised in the brooding Batman flick, The Dark Knight. Movie boffins will already know that a key scene was filmed here: the confrontation between Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) and corrupt Detective Wuertz (played by Ron Dean), which culminates in Wuertz taking a bullet. (Don’t recreate this bit, eh.) Twin Anchors also cameoed in the 2000 hit, Return to Me.
For fans of... High Fidelity
We’re not short on reasons to visit trendy Wicker Park, home to brilliant bars, tempting boutiques and worthy eating options – but pretending you’re record-loving John Cusack in High Fidelity is yet another one. Pick up your own vintage vinyl just a few doors down from ‘Championship Vinyl’ at real-life store, Reckless Records, at 1532 North Milwaukee. Don’t forget to have a juicy steak at view-toting Smith & Wollensky on 318 North State Street, which also nabbed some celluloid screen-time…
LaSalle Street Station / 414 S LaSalle St / +1 312 322 6509 / metrarail.com
Twin Anchors / 1655 N Sedgwick St / +1 312 266 1616 / dinner Mon-Fri, lunch & dinner Sat-Sun / twinanchorsribs.com
Reckless Records / 1379 N Milwaukee Ave / +1 773 235 3727 / 10am-10pm Mon-Sat, till 8pm Sun / reckless.com
Smith & Wollensky / 318 N State St / +1 312 670 9900 / lunch & dinner daily /