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On the Trail of Chicago's Famous Movie Locations

On the Trail of Chicago's Famous Movie Locations

It might not be known as a movie-making town, but plenty of famous productions have been shot in Chicago. The city serves as more than a backdrop in a few: in classic films like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers, and The Untouchables, Chicago itself serves as a character by proxy.

Recently, Chase Sapphire® and Atlas Obscura partnered to send film buffs and amateur sleuths on a scavenger hunt to places near, far and in between, in pursuit of some of the city’s most iconic filming locations. Meeting at the Art Institute of Chicago, guests visited places like Daley Plaza and Union Station, plus plenty more cinematic hidden gems. As guests toured the streets of Chicago, they were reminded that you don’t have to leave your city to see something new â€" all it takes is changing how you look at it. Can you guess which films some of these iconic locations have been feature d in?

The evening was capped off with a toast and, no doubt, plenty of chatter around the locations visited and their silver screen influence at a well-known downtown pub. See some of the sites visited below.

Guests gather in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Guests gather in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Participants take a first glance at clues.
Participants take a first glance at clues.
A close-up shot of a star-studded action movie setting.
A close-up shot of a star-studded action movie setting.
Eagle-eyed action film aficionados might recognize this skyscraper.
Eagle-eyed action film aficionados might recognize this skyscraper.
Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza.
Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza.
Daley Plaza's eternal flame.
Daley Plaza’s eternal flame.
Can y   ou identify this building, featured in a movie about a man on the run?
Can you identify this building, featured in a movie about a man on the run?
Chicago's iconic Union Station.
Chicago’s iconic Union Station.
The station's oft-photographed interior.
The station’s oft-photographed interior.
This location once played an important role in a classic gangster film.
This location once played an important role in a classic gangster film.
The night's last destination.
The night’s last destination.
Guests toast at the end of the evening.
Guests toast at the end of the evening.
Source: Google News Movie

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