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Mapping Chicago's Most Recognizable Filming Locations

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Here now are 25 of the most utilized and most recognizable filming locations within the city of Chicago. A complete map of local Hollywood exploits might call upon a thousand random houses, factories, and fire stations. We thought it better to start with places nearly every Chicagoan knows and rattle off the cinematic tie-ins. Many of the 25 locations have recurring roles in multiple films, but we lead off each one with a screenshot from the biggest blockbuster to have shot there. Screenshots and much of the info come from an encyclopedic blog listing local filming locations, an impressive resource for digging deeper into Chicago as movie set. Any glaring absences? Please let us know in the comments for future updating.

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1. O'Hare International Airport

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10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666

The McAllister Family gets discombobulated at O'Hare in "Home Alone", an easy thing to do. Also, "My Best Friend's Wedding" touches off in the terminals.

2. Grant Park

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337 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

Danny plays softball at Grant Park in "About Last Night".

3. Biograph Theatre

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2433 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

John Dillinger gets set to meet his maker in "Public Enemies"; Danny loiters outside the theater in "About Last Night"; Rob delivers monologue in front of Biograph in "High Fidelity.

4. Wrigley Field

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1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

Ferris Bueller and friends approach the stadium; Opening scene of "The Break-Up".

5. Uptown Theatre

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4816 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

Fire scene from "Backdraft".

6. E 95th Street Bridge

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East 95th Street & S South Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

The "Blues Brothers" hit the deck in chase scene.

7. The Art Institute of Chicago

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111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

Bueller and friends loose themselves upon art.

8. Skylark

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2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen's Skylark serves as the bar in hit romcom "The Break-Up".

9. Sears Tower

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233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

Bueller and friends round out the big tourist attractions.

10. Wells Street Bridge

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275 N Wells St
Chicago, IL

Doctor Richard Kimble uses the pay phone in "The Fugitive", and the Brown Line's overhead bell alerts Marshalls to his location.

11. Cook County Hospital Administration Building

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1900 West Polk St
Chicago, IL 60612

Doctor Richard Kimble quietly shuffles his way out of Cook County Hospital.

12. Chicago Union Station

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225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

The anti-Dillenger crowd fans out across Union Station's main hall in "Public Enemies"; Julianne Tracks Down Michael in "My Best Friend's Wedding"; and a big shootout takes place here in "The Untouchables".

13. The Hotel Florence

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11111 S Forrestville Ave
Chicago, IL 60628

Stormy night scene from "Road to Perdition" includes Pullman's historic Hotel Florence.

14. The Rookery Building

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209 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604

"The Untouchables" offices, at The Rookery on LaSalle Street.

15. Auditorium Building

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430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Ness confronting Al Capone in lobby of Auditorium Building (Roosevelt University) in "The Untouchables".

16. Jeweler's Building

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35 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60640

"Tranformers" duke it out atop the Jeweler's Building, 35 E Wacker.

17. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

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401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

"Transformers" carry on at Trump, this time inflicting cinematic damage.

18. Hilton Chicago

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720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-4400
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Doctor Richard Kimble confronts sinister, backstabbing fellow doctor at his speech, setting off "The Fugitive's" climax.

19. Old Chicago Main Post Office

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433 W Van Buren St
Chicago, IL 60606

The big bank robbery at old Main Post Office, "The Dark Knight".

20. Michigan Avenue Bridge

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350 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

Eliot Ness meeting Malone on the Michigan Ave Bridge in "The Untouchables".

21. South Shore Cultural Center

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7059 S South Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 256-0149
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"Blues Brothers" Jake and Elwood crash a ballroom show at South Shore Cultural Center.

22. Jackson Park

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6401 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-0903
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Nazi rally gets dunked in the drink at Jackson Park bridge at intersection of Columbia Drive And Science Drive in "Blues Brothers".

23. IBM Towers

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330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Batman hangs in effigy in the IBM Building plaza in "The Dark Knight"-- the sort of thing the Landmarks Commission would never allow.

24. Music Box Theatre

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3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 871-6607
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Rob and Penny catch a movie at the Music Box in "High Fidelity".

25. Rosenwald Apts

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4639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

Bronzeville's Old Rosenwald Apartments masquerading as deserted Ukrainian buildings in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".

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1. O'Hare International Airport

10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666

The McAllister Family gets discombobulated at O'Hare in "Home Alone", an easy thing to do. Also, "My Best Friend's Wedding" touches off in the terminals.

10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666

2. Grant Park

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Danny plays softball at Grant Park in "About Last Night".

337 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

3. Biograph Theatre

2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

John Dillinger gets set to meet his maker in "Public Enemies"; Danny loiters outside the theater in "About Last Night"; Rob delivers monologue in front of Biograph in "High Fidelity.

2433 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

4. Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Ferris Bueller and friends approach the stadium; Opening scene of "The Break-Up".

1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

5. Uptown Theatre

4816 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Fire scene from "Backdraft".

4816 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

6. E 95th Street Bridge

East 95th Street & S South Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617

The "Blues Brothers" hit the deck in chase scene.

East 95th Street & S South Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

7. The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Bueller and friends loose themselves upon art.

111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

8. Skylark

2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen's Skylark serves as the bar in hit romcom "The Break-Up".

2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

9. Sears Tower

233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

Bueller and friends round out the big tourist attractions.

233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

10. Wells Street Bridge

275 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

Doctor Richard Kimble uses the pay phone in "The Fugitive", and the Brown Line's overhead bell alerts Marshalls to his location.

275 N Wells St
Chicago, IL

11. Cook County Hospital Administration Building

1900 West Polk St, Chicago, IL 60612

Doctor Richard Kimble quietly shuffles his way out of Cook County Hospital.

1900 West Polk St
Chicago, IL 60612

12. Chicago Union Station

225 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

The anti-Dillenger crowd fans out across Union Station's main hall in "Public Enemies"; Julianne Tracks Down Michael in "My Best Friend's Wedding"; and a big shootout takes place here in "The Untouchables".

225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

13. The Hotel Florence

11111 S Forrestville Ave, Chicago, IL 60628

Stormy night scene from "Road to Perdition" includes Pullman's historic Hotel Florence.

11111 S Forrestville Ave
Chicago, IL 60628

14. The Rookery Building

209 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604

"The Untouchables" offices, at The Rookery on LaSalle Street.

209 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604

15. Auditorium Building

430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Ness confronting Al Capone in lobby of Auditorium Building (Roosevelt University) in "The Untouchables".

430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

16. Jeweler's Building

35 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60640

"Tranformers" duke it out atop the Jeweler's Building, 35 E Wacker.

35 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60640

17. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

"Transformers" carry on at Trump, this time inflicting cinematic damage.

401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

18. Hilton Chicago

720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Doctor Richard Kimble confronts sinister, backstabbing fellow doctor at his speech, setting off "The Fugitive's" climax.

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

19. Old Chicago Main Post Office

433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60606

The big bank robbery at old Main Post Office, "The Dark Knight".

433 W Van Buren St
Chicago, IL 60606

20. Michigan Avenue Bridge

350 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Eliot Ness meeting Malone on the Michigan Ave Bridge in "The Untouchables".

350 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

21. South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649

"Blues Brothers" Jake and Elwood crash a ballroom show at South Shore Cultural Center.

7059 S South Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60649

22. Jackson Park

6401 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Nazi rally gets dunked in the drink at Jackson Park bridge at intersection of Columbia Drive And Science Drive in "Blues Brothers".

6401 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

23. IBM Towers

330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Batman hangs in effigy in the IBM Building plaza in "The Dark Knight"-- the sort of thing the Landmarks Commission would never allow.

330 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

24. Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Rob and Penny catch a movie at the Music Box in "High Fidelity".

3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

25. Rosenwald Apts

4639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

Bronzeville's Old Rosenwald Apartments masquerading as deserted Ukrainian buildings in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon".

4639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60653