6 Chicago movies to watch this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is not only a time to honor and remember our fallen heroes but also an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant city of Chicago.

Known for its rich history, iconic landmarks, and distinctive culture, the Windy City has been a backdrop for numerous memorable movies.

The Reel Chicago team picked some of their favorite Chicago-based films that capture the essence of the city and provide a captivating cinematic experience to enjoy this Memorial Day.

So grab some BBQ, a Bud, and maybe even a slice of apple pie and see how many Chicago landmarks you can spot in these classics:

  1. The Blues Brothers (1980): This beloved musical comedy showcases the energy and soul of Chicago through the hilarious misadventures of Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. With its iconic car chases, memorable performances by musical legends, and a plethora of Chicago landmarks, The Blues Brothers is a must-watch film that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the city.
  2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): Follow Ferris Bueller, the charismatic high school student played by Matthew Broderick, as he embarks on a day of mischief and adventure across Chicago. This timeless coming-of-age comedy showcases the city’s iconic locations, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field, and the iconic “Twist and Shout” parade scene on Dearborn Street. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a feel-good film that captures the city’s youthful exuberance and charm.
  3. The Untouchables (1987): Directed by Brian De Palma, The Untouchables is a gripping crime drama set in 1930s Chicago. Starring Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, and Robert De Niro, the film follows the real-life story of Eliot Ness and his team of “untouchable” lawmen as they battle Al Capone’s criminal empire. The Untouchables offers a thrilling portrayal of the city’s prohibition-era history, capturing its grit and determination.
  4. Chicago (2002): Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties with this Academy Award-winning musical. Set in the Jazz Age, Chicago tells the story of aspiring starlet Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) and her quest for fame through scandalous crimes. The film showcases Chicago’s vibrant theater scene, featuring elaborate musical numbers and mesmerizing dance sequences. With its stylish visuals and outstanding performances, Chicago is a captivating celebration of the city’s entertainment legacy.
  5. High Fidelity (2000): Adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel, High Fidelity stars John Cusack as a record store owner navigating love, relationships, and his passion for music in Chicago. The film’s witty dialogue, memorable soundtrack, and authentic portrayal of Chicago’s music scene make it a must-watch for music enthusiasts and fans of the city’s independent spirit.
  6. The Fugitive (1993): This thrilling action film follows Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) as he goes on the run in an attempt to clear his name after being wrongfully accused of his wife’s murder. Chicago serves as a backdrop for the intense cat-and-mouse chase between Kimble and the relentless U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones). The film showcases iconic Chicago locations, including the Harrison-Loomis Hospital and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, adding an authentic touch to the gripping storyline.

From musical extravaganzas and nostalgic comedies to gripping dramas and thrilling action films, the movies mentioned above provide a diverse selection that captures the essence of Chicago’s vibrant culture, history, and iconic landmarks. Enjoy!


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