A John Hughes Movie Location Tour of Chicago’s North Shore

John Hughes was the prolific filmmaker behind numerous ‘80s and ‘90s hits that captured the humor and angst of the teenage experience. From Sixteen Candles to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, he taught us to take chances on love, and to look around once in a while because life moves pretty fast. Grab your camera and turn up the Thompson Twins — it’s time for a trip down memory lane.

Home Alone

Kevin’s House — 671 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

The Murphy Residence — 656 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
(located across the street from the McCallister house)

The Church — 1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette (Trinity United Methodist Church)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Cameron Frye’s House — 370 Beech St., Highland Park

The High School — 2300 Shermer Rd., Northbrook (Glenbrook North High School)
** Exterior shots for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  and interior shots for The Breakfast Club were filmed here. Additional fun fact: this is where John Hughes attended high school.

The Breakfast Club

Shermer High School — 9511 Harrison St., Des Plaines (Main North High School)
**Note: This is now an Illinois State Police post.

Uncle Buck

The Russell Residence — 2602 Lincoln St., Evanston

Sixteen Candles

Samantha Baker’s House — 3022 Payne St., Evanston

Jake Ryan’s House — 1407 Waverly Rd., Highland Park

The Church — 263 Park Ave., Glencoe (Glencoe Union Church)


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The Page Residence — 230 Oxford Rd., Kenilworth

Dennis the Menace

Mr. Wilson’s House — 1618 Ashland Ave., Evanston

The Mitchell Residence — 1624 Ashland Ave., Evanston
(located directly next door to Mr. Wilson’s house)

Weird Science

Gary’s House — 1200 Linden Ave., Highland Park

She’s Having a Baby

The Briggs Residence — 56 Salem Lane, Evanston

**Bonus Location: John Hughes didn’t work on this last film, but the house sits in the same area as several of his filming locations. Because it is cemented into pop culture as an ‘80s classic, I felt it needed to be included on the tour.

Risky Business

Joel’s House — 1258 Linden Ave., Highland Park

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