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Old 12-30-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What I find most striking about Adventures in Babysitting is just what a pit much of downtown was in the 80s. I mean, I remember it being that way, but over the years it has become more of an abstraction. Seeing movies filmed in much of Chicago in the 80s makes that abstraction more concrete and highlights just how much cleanup has happened in huge swaths of the city. I saw about the first 20 minutes of some early 80s Chuck Norris movie where the opening scenes are filmed in the Wrigleyville/Buena Park area right around the Sheridan station and the neighborhood looked like Dresden circa 1945. I remember when going to Cubs games was a matter of getting in, watching the game, and getting the hell out. Times, they change.

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Old 12-30-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...I saw about the first 20 minutes of some early 80s Chuck Norris movie where the opening scenes...around the Sheridan station and the neighborhood looked like Dresden circa 1945...
What is the name of the movie?

Btw-parts of the area still do.

The NE and SE corner of Irving and Sheridan come to mind right away.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What is the name of the movie?

Btw-parts of the area still do.

The NE and SE corner of Irving and Sheridan come to mind right away.
VERY small parts of the area still do, but you've certainly been around long enough to remember when the whole area looked like Kabul. Memories fade, but movies like this one bring some of them back...

Code of Silence (1985)

It was very easy for filmmakers to make urban settings look practically post-apocalyptic in the mid-70s through the mid-late 80s. All they had to do was find the right place and set up their cameras. And finding the right place wasn't that hard.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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... Memories fade, but movies like this one bring some of them back...

Code of Silence (1985)...
Good stuff. I can't wait to watch it. I may have seen it years ago,but more than likely I will not remember much about the movie even while watching it again.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Not the best or most well known of movies, but these are unmistakenly Chicago and really give a good feel for the city in a gritty sort of way.

Next of Kin (1989)

Gladiator (1992)
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Are you thinking of the Firehouse Bar and Grill on Chicago Ave in Evanston?
No, he's not. He's thinking of a building that was used for exterior shots for the guy's bar, which is in River North on Illinois 1 lot east from Franklin. The building is actually used as a storehouse for a decorator or something like that.

Streetview of it
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Old 01-03-2010, 02:54 AM
 
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Thanks to this thread, I searched for Early Edition online (it used to be one of my absolute favorite shows!), and found somewhere where you can watch it for free! I'm 3/4 of the way through the second season already. :P
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Lakeview/Wrigleyville Border
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Default It's not necissarily Chicago....

But large parts of Groundhog Day were filmed in Woodstock. I went to high school with the girl that Bill Murray kicks out of piano lessons.
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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But large parts of Groundhog Day were filmed in Woodstock. I went to high school with the girl that Bill Murray kicks out of piano lessons.
Name-dropper.
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Old 01-08-2010, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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I have several movies and TV shows in mind that were filmed in Chicago.

Movies

Chicago (movie/musical) - Richard Gere; 1920s Style Chicago with flappers.

Never Been Kissed - Mostly filmed in L.A. but Drew Barrymore's job and office scenes were filmed in Chicago. Sun-Times readers were shot on Chicago Ave. stop on the CTA Brown Line.

Cheaper by the Dozen - Filmed in Evanston, IL when the family with 12 children moved there from Midland, Indiana for the father (Steve Martin) to take his dream job as a coach at fictional university being the home of the Stallions. My guess is Northwestern University but using Stallions not its mascot.

Sex Drive - A hormonal teenager from a surburb called Brookfield made a trip to Knoxville, TN in hope of hooking up with a major hottie he met on the Internet.

College Road Trip - Filmed in Evanston and nearby areas. The girl (Raven) decided to attend campus tours of Northwestern University and other college in D.C. Her overprotective father (Martin Lawrence)'s dream was for her to attend Northwestern; however, she chose the one in D.C.

Halloween movies - I know it's not in Chicago but they are well-known horror movies with murders occurring throughout fictional Haddonfield, IL.

Home Alone movies - I liked first two movies better. Kevin's two-stories brick house has to be in a wealthy surburb. I am curious if anyone know which one.

Poltergiest III - Filmed at John Hancock Building

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Uncle Buck

Tommy Boy

What Women Want

My Best Friend's Wedding


Save The Last Dance - It was a great movie. It was filmed in a ghetto somewhere in Chicago. My guess is in the South Side.

TV Shows

Married with Children - Crazy Bundy Family living in middle class neighborhood at 9764 Jeopardy Lane, Chicago, IL. I don't know if the address is fictional or not.

Still Standing - Working class couple with 3 children in Chicago. Since they are huge Chicago Cub fans, I am guessing they live somewhere in North/Northwest surburbs where there are many Irish since they participated in St. Patrick's Parade once.

Roseanne - Working class family living in fictional Lanford at 3rd and Delaware Streets. Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) hails from Edwardsville, IL herself. I was told that Lanford resembles Jacksonville, IL. I have been to that town and it doesn't seem like Lanford to me.
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