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Published September 1st 2014
For the Love of Film
If there's one thing I personally love about Chicago, it's the striking resemblance to Gotham City from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and that's because Chicago practically IS Gotham City. A majority of the 3 films were shot and filmed here.
After Googling and visiting certain set locations including Navy Pier and Lower Wacker Drive, Google came up with the Chicago Film Tour.
I was a little hesitant as we'd previously done the Chicago Gangster tour and already visited sites from certain gangster movies for example The Biograph Theatre where John Dillinger was killed and was also be the set for Public Enemy staring Johnny Depp. Another reason I wasn't sure was the lack of reviews. We were recommended the Gangster Tour and it was plastered all over the internet with great reviews - however the Chicago Film Tour didn't seem to be as popular. Finally, we decided to give the tour a go.
We were given a location list and a list of movies we'd be talking about and it was a very large list. Our tour guide, Patrick McDonald, was entertaining and informative. He also writes film reviews for HollywoodChicago.com.
The two hour tour consisted of a little more driving than actual locations but was put together well. I thoroughly enjoyed watching movie clips on the coaches tv screens featuring what we were looking at in real time. This also kept us entertained between locations.
A lot of information is crammed into the tour and features many movies from The Dark Knight, and Transformers, to Blues Brothers, Bueller's Day Off and many, many more. Even though some of the movies were a little before my time I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Not only did we get to see much of the city, including the neighborhoods, and film locations, we were also given information on the history of film in Chicago which was probably the highlight of the day for me.
Overall, I'd say if you are in Chicago for a few days (or longer) it would definitely be on my top 10 things to do. Maybe not in the top 3, but definitely worth checking out if you are a movie lover.