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The 1993 film The Fugitive is not only a classic crime thriller, but it can also be considered one of the most essential movies that takes place in Chicago. The movie prominently features Chicago's L train system, a mansion in Lincoln Park and even Chicago's festive St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Perhaps you thought it was just about Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), whose wife (Sela Ward) is murdered by a one-armed man (Andreas Katsulas) and then chased down by a U.S. Marshal (Tommy Lee Jones)? Okay, it mostly is. However, the classic film does an excellent job at capturing Chicago landmarks and even the city's famous downtown St. Paddy's Day parade.



—Evan Bindelglass is a freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie who contributes to Curbed NY. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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1. 342 West Wisconsin Street

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342 West Wisconsin Street
Chicago, IL 60614

The movie starts out at Dr. Kimble’s home, where his wife is being murdered by a one-armed man after getting home from a fundraiser she attended with the good doctor. In a flashback, Kimble is seen fighting with the one-armed man. It’s important to note that, while at the fundraiser, Dr. Charles Nichols (Jeroen Krabbé) gives Kimble back his car keys. Kimble is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.

2. Ariel Community Academy

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1119 East 46th Street
Chicago, IL 60653

Kimble is ordered to await execution at the Menard Correctional Center. We see him and some other convicts loaded on to a bus to take them to Menard. This scene was actually shot in the rear of what is now the Ariel Community Academy. Shooting of the film then moves to North Carolina, even though it is supposed to be Illinois. During their journey on the bus, one of the prisoners fakes being sick and when one of the guard’s heads back to check on him, the guard is jabbed with a needle. A fight ensues leading to the driver getting shot and the bus tumbling down a ravine and into the path of an oncoming train. Kimble helps a seriously wounded guard out the train and himself jumps just before the train hits the bus and derails. Kimble manages to escape the oncoming train. Enter Deputy Samuel Gerard of the U.S. Marshals Service and his team. Kimble makes his way to a hospital, where, after treating his own wounds and shaving his beard, he tells an incoming EMT exactly what’s wrong with the wounded guard before stealing the ambulance. Gerard and his team chase the ambulance to a dam. This is where Kimble and Gerard meet and Kimble jumps off the dam and survives.

3. Meigs Field

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South Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Having left the local authorities to find Kimble’s body – alive or dead – Gerard and his team board a plane to head back to Chicago, though the airport terminal seen is Meigs Field, which no longer exists. The runway was demolished March 30, 2003.

4. 4512 South Halsted Street

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4512 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60609

At least one other convict survived the bus crash, a man named Copeland. Kimble told him to “be good” when they went their separate ways. Gerard and his team track down Copeland, but the audience is misdirected into thinking (albeit briefly) that that they have tracked down Kimble. Gerard kicks down the door and in the chaos, one of his deputies is held at gunpoint by Copeland. Gerard shoots Copeland dead, narrowly missing his deputy. The house seen in the movie no longer exists.

5. Wells Street Bridge

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275 N Wells St
Chicago, IL

After dying his hair and hitchhiking, Kimble makes his way back to Chicago and calls his lawyer for help. He uses a payphone at the Wells Street Bridge. His lawyer says to turn himself in, but he wants to find out who killed his wife and why. So, he tells the lawyer he’s in St. Louis.

6. 400 North Michigan Avenue

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400 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Kimble then proceeds to Dr. Nichols’ tennis club, seen as the “North Bank Club.” He intercepts Nichols and gets some money.

7. 9000 South Houston Avenue

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9000 South Houston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

Kimble needs somewhere to stay and he finds a basement apartment in a house owned by a Polish woman and her son. The son turns out to be a disgusting criminal and when the police raid the house, they miss Kimble in the basement. This house has either been demolished or heavily altered in the years since the film was made.

8. Cook County Hospital

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1830 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612

Kimble knows a one-armed man killed his wife because he fought the man. So, he tries to track him down by going to the prosthetics and orthotics wing at Cook County Hospital. But first, he scopes out the place and steals a janitor’s ID card so he can return later.

9. 8949 South Commercial Avenue

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8949 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

After doing that, he finds a photo booth to get photos with which he can doctor the ID and a uniform to wear so he can go back to the hospital. We don’t actually see him exit the thrift shop, but we do see him cross the street at what is this address. When he goes back to get a list of prosthetic arm recipients matching the one-armed man’s description, the victims of a bus crash are being brought in. He sees a little boy in distress. The staff don’t attend to the boy properly. A doctor (Julianne Moore) asks Kimble to bring the boy to observation. While en route, Kimble checks the x-ray and instead fudges orders for surgery. He saves the boys life. But when the aforementioned doctor confronts Kimble, all she does is grab his badge before he runs away.

10. 50 W Washington

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50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

During the course of their investigation, we see Gerard and his team in a car existing a garage downtown. The building’s address is 50 West Washington Street, though the car exits the garage on N Clark Street.

11. Daley Plaza Picasso

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at Daley Plaza
Chicago, IL 60602

We see Kimble heading to a jail to question a one-armed prisoner who might be the killer.

12. Chicago City Hall

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118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602

We see Kimble enter what is supposed to be the jail. It’s actually Chicago City Hall.

13. Chicago City Hall

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121 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-4000
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Don't mind me, just passing through.

14. Daley Plaza Picasso

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at Daley Plaza
Chicago, IL 60602

Kimble then runs through Daley plaza.

15. One North Dearborn

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1 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

After running through Daley Plaza, Kimble blends in with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The cool thing is that this was shot in the real parade. Kimble dons a green hat and escapes, despite being what appears to be only feet from Gerard. This escape is almost a direct copy of a scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” though that is not mentioned in any of the commentary on the DVD.

16. Hotel Men Only

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426 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Having fled his previous hideaway, Kimble is now apparently staying at a men’s only hotel.

17. 612 East 113th Street

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612 East 113th Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Continuing down the list of one-armed men, Kimble calls a man named Sykes (Katsulas). It turns out Sykes isn’t home.

18. 11217 S St. Lawrence Avenue

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11217 South Street Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

So, Kimble breaks in and finds that not only is Sykes the killer, Sykes is connected to the Devlin McGregor pharmaceutical company, which hosted the fundraiser seen the night of the murder. Further, Kimble sees Sykes in a photo with another he met that night. He calls Gerard to tell him he’s found a big piece of the puzzle, but doesn’t hang up, allowing Gerard to track the location.

19. Hilton Chicago

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720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-4400
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Gerard and his team have already spoken to Dr. Nichols, but need to again, and track him to a pharmaceutical convention being held at the Hilton.

20. John Crerar Library

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5750 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Kimble’s search leads him to Chicago Memorial Hospital (though the John Crerar Library is seen), his old stomping grounds, where he collects samples and finds his old friend, Dr. Kathy Wahlund (Jane Lynch). It turns out that Nichols was in kahoots with Devlin McGregor to cover up bad side effects of a cancer drug being developed.

21. 125 N Wells Street

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125 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Sykes has been in communication with Nichols, who tells him where to find Kimble. Here, he finds him and follows him on to an L train. The two fight and in the chaos, Sykes shoots a transit cop (Neil Flynn). Eventually, Kimble overpowers Sykes and cuffs him to a railing.

22. CTA - Clark/Lake

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124 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601
(888) 968-7282
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With all of that chaos, the train comes to a stop before entering a station identified as “Balbo,” though it’s really the Clark/Lake station. Kimble busts through a window and we see him go down the platform.

23. 203 N LaSalle Building

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203 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601

After that, Kimble ditches Sykes' gun in a mailbox at 203 N LaSalle Street.

24. Hilton Chicago

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720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-4400
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Kimble was on his way to confront Nichols. You see there was no forced entry when his wife was killed. That was because Nichols had his keys and let Sykes into the house. Gerard and his team have figured this out. All of the main players still able to walk converge on the site of the pharmaceutical convention, where Nichols is delivering the keynote, which Kimble interrupts. The two fight inside the building and then make their way to the roof. After falling down an elevator shaft, the fight ends when Kimble takes out Nichols in the hotel’s laundry room. In an emotionally charged scene, Kimble tells Gerard, “They killed my wife” and Gerard replies “I know it.” Gerard escorts Kimble from the hotel and puts him in a car. Once in the car, Gerard removes the handcuffs and they drive away. If you have never watched the movie to the end of the credits, please do, for there is a little treat there.

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1. 342 West Wisconsin Street

342 West Wisconsin Street, Chicago, IL 60614

The movie starts out at Dr. Kimble’s home, where his wife is being murdered by a one-armed man after getting home from a fundraiser she attended with the good doctor. In a flashback, Kimble is seen fighting with the one-armed man. It’s important to note that, while at the fundraiser, Dr. Charles Nichols (Jeroen Krabbé) gives Kimble back his car keys. Kimble is arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.

342 West Wisconsin Street
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Ariel Community Academy

1119 East 46th Street, Chicago, IL 60653

Kimble is ordered to await execution at the Menard Correctional Center. We see him and some other convicts loaded on to a bus to take them to Menard. This scene was actually shot in the rear of what is now the Ariel Community Academy. Shooting of the film then moves to North Carolina, even though it is supposed to be Illinois. During their journey on the bus, one of the prisoners fakes being sick and when one of the guard’s heads back to check on him, the guard is jabbed with a needle. A fight ensues leading to the driver getting shot and the bus tumbling down a ravine and into the path of an oncoming train. Kimble helps a seriously wounded guard out the train and himself jumps just before the train hits the bus and derails. Kimble manages to escape the oncoming train. Enter Deputy Samuel Gerard of the U.S. Marshals Service and his team. Kimble makes his way to a hospital, where, after treating his own wounds and shaving his beard, he tells an incoming EMT exactly what’s wrong with the wounded guard before stealing the ambulance. Gerard and his team chase the ambulance to a dam. This is where Kimble and Gerard meet and Kimble jumps off the dam and survives.

1119 East 46th Street
Chicago, IL 60653

3. Meigs Field

South Linn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

Having left the local authorities to find Kimble’s body – alive or dead – Gerard and his team board a plane to head back to Chicago, though the airport terminal seen is Meigs Field, which no longer exists. The runway was demolished March 30, 2003.

South Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

4. 4512 South Halsted Street

4512 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60609

At least one other convict survived the bus crash, a man named Copeland. Kimble told him to “be good” when they went their separate ways. Gerard and his team track down Copeland, but the audience is misdirected into thinking (albeit briefly) that that they have tracked down Kimble. Gerard kicks down the door and in the chaos, one of his deputies is held at gunpoint by Copeland. Gerard shoots Copeland dead, narrowly missing his deputy. The house seen in the movie no longer exists.

4512 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60609

5. Wells Street Bridge

275 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

After dying his hair and hitchhiking, Kimble makes his way back to Chicago and calls his lawyer for help. He uses a payphone at the Wells Street Bridge. His lawyer says to turn himself in, but he wants to find out who killed his wife and why. So, he tells the lawyer he’s in St. Louis.

275 N Wells St
Chicago, IL

6. 400 North Michigan Avenue

400 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Kimble then proceeds to Dr. Nichols’ tennis club, seen as the “North Bank Club.” He intercepts Nichols and gets some money.

400 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

7. 9000 South Houston Avenue

9000 South Houston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617

Kimble needs somewhere to stay and he finds a basement apartment in a house owned by a Polish woman and her son. The son turns out to be a disgusting criminal and when the police raid the house, they miss Kimble in the basement. This house has either been demolished or heavily altered in the years since the film was made.

9000 South Houston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

8. Cook County Hospital

1830 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Kimble knows a one-armed man killed his wife because he fought the man. So, he tries to track him down by going to the prosthetics and orthotics wing at Cook County Hospital. But first, he scopes out the place and steals a janitor’s ID card so he can return later.

1830 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612

9. 8949 South Commercial Avenue

8949 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617

After doing that, he finds a photo booth to get photos with which he can doctor the ID and a uniform to wear so he can go back to the hospital. We don’t actually see him exit the thrift shop, but we do see him cross the street at what is this address. When he goes back to get a list of prosthetic arm recipients matching the one-armed man’s description, the victims of a bus crash are being brought in. He sees a little boy in distress. The staff don’t attend to the boy properly. A doctor (Julianne Moore) asks Kimble to bring the boy to observation. While en route, Kimble checks the x-ray and instead fudges orders for surgery. He saves the boys life. But when the aforementioned doctor confronts Kimble, all she does is grab his badge before he runs away.

8949 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

10. 50 W Washington

50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

During the course of their investigation, we see Gerard and his team in a car existing a garage downtown. The building’s address is 50 West Washington Street, though the car exits the garage on N Clark Street.

50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

11. Daley Plaza Picasso

at Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL 60602

We see Kimble heading to a jail to question a one-armed prisoner who might be the killer.

at Daley Plaza
Chicago, IL 60602

12. Chicago City Hall

118 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602

We see Kimble enter what is supposed to be the jail. It’s actually Chicago City Hall.

118 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60602

13. Chicago City Hall

121 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60602

Don't mind me, just passing through.

121 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60602

14. Daley Plaza Picasso

at Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL 60602

Kimble then runs through Daley plaza.

at Daley Plaza
Chicago, IL 60602

15. One North Dearborn

1 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602

After running through Daley Plaza, Kimble blends in with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The cool thing is that this was shot in the real parade. Kimble dons a green hat and escapes, despite being what appears to be only feet from Gerard. This escape is almost a direct copy of a scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps,” though that is not mentioned in any of the commentary on the DVD.

1 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

16. Hotel Men Only

426 South Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Having fled his previous hideaway, Kimble is now apparently staying at a men’s only hotel.

426 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60605

17. 612 East 113th Street

612 East 113th Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Continuing down the list of one-armed men, Kimble calls a man named Sykes (Katsulas). It turns out Sykes isn’t home.

612 East 113th Street
Chicago, IL 60628

18. 11217 S St. Lawrence Avenue

11217 South Street Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628

So, Kimble breaks in and finds that not only is Sykes the killer, Sykes is connected to the Devlin McGregor pharmaceutical company, which hosted the fundraiser seen the night of the murder. Further, Kimble sees Sykes in a photo with another he met that night. He calls Gerard to tell him he’s found a big piece of the puzzle, but doesn’t hang up, allowing Gerard to track the location.

11217 South Street Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

19. Hilton Chicago

720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Gerard and his team have already spoken to Dr. Nichols, but need to again, and track him to a pharmaceutical convention being held at the Hilton.

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

20. John Crerar Library

5750 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Kimble’s search leads him to Chicago Memorial Hospital (though the John Crerar Library is seen), his old stomping grounds, where he collects samples and finds his old friend, Dr. Kathy Wahlund (Jane Lynch). It turns out that Nichols was in kahoots with Devlin McGregor to cover up bad side effects of a cancer drug being developed.

5750 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

21. 125 N Wells Street

125 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60606

Sykes has been in communication with Nichols, who tells him where to find Kimble. Here, he finds him and follows him on to an L train. The two fight and in the chaos, Sykes shoots a transit cop (Neil Flynn). Eventually, Kimble overpowers Sykes and cuffs him to a railing.

125 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606

22. CTA - Clark/Lake

124 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601

With all of that chaos, the train comes to a stop before entering a station identified as “Balbo,” though it’s really the Clark/Lake station. Kimble busts through a window and we see him go down the platform.

124 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601

23. 203 N LaSalle Building

203 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60601

After that, Kimble ditches Sykes' gun in a mailbox at 203 N LaSalle Street.

203 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601

24. Hilton Chicago

720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Kimble was on his way to confront Nichols. You see there was no forced entry when his wife was killed. That was because Nichols had his keys and let Sykes into the house. Gerard and his team have figured this out. All of the main players still able to walk converge on the site of the pharmaceutical convention, where Nichols is delivering the keynote, which Kimble interrupts. The two fight inside the building and then make their way to the roof. After falling down an elevator shaft, the fight ends when Kimble takes out Nichols in the hotel’s laundry room. In an emotionally charged scene, Kimble tells Gerard, “They killed my wife” and Gerard replies “I know it.” Gerard escorts Kimble from the hotel and puts him in a car. Once in the car, Gerard removes the handcuffs and they drive away. If you have never watched the movie to the end of the credits, please do, for there is a little treat there.

720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605