Laurie and I are in the Burbs of Chicago… Hoffman Estates. We’re here for a variety of reasons documented in a recent blog. But, to give you a sense of this iconic city, let me remind you about it’s fabulous ties to cinema.
Several classics come to mind. The opening scenes of Some Like it Hot, when Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon witness the famous St. Valentines Day Massacre. Of course, the Frank Sinatra rat-pack classic, Robin and the 7 Hoods is another gangster-related film; and it features the wonderful Standard, My Kind of Town (Chicago is), written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Other recent movies we’ve enjoyed: The Untouchables with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, The Blues Brothers, and While You Were Sleeping.
However, let me share some recent history of the movies made in and around the suburbs of Chicago by the director of the brat pack genre… John Hughes. A majority of Hughes’ films were set in the North Shore suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area. In some of his work, the setting is specifically identified as the fictional Shermer, Illinois, a nod to the original name of Northbrook… Shermerville. He directed or scripted some of the most successful celluloid stories of the 1980s and 1990s, such as Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Home Alone. They made stars of Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Matthew Broderick, Rob Lowe, Macaulay Culkin, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Mare Winningham, James Spader, John Cryer, and Ally Sheedy. Other cinema replicating the premise include Risky Business and Adventures in Babysitting; flicks featuring Elizabeth Shue and Tom Cruise. In 1994, Hughes retired to Chicago… of course!
As we begin ten days in the Midwest, this is my tribute to Burbs-area.
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