intersection of Shermer & Illinois in Northbrook, IL

This is a comprehensive listing of all the locations which John Hughes filmed at  ( which we were able to locate). The directions to each of the filming locations  are as specific as possible. I hope you take as much enjoyment in visiting these  historic landmarks as I do.

1. Illinois State Police Station (formerly Maine North High School), 1/2 mile north of Golf Road off of Dee Road in Des Plaines, IL. The exact address is as follows: 9511 Harrison St.; Des Plaines, IL; 60016-1563.

2. Glenbrook North High School Football Field, Behind the high school, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL

1. Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave,(near Lincoln and Greenbay) in  Evanston, IL


1. The Hotel Dennis' mother stays in (and gazes out the window of ) is the Travelodge Chicago-O'Hare at 3003 Manheim Rd. in Des Plaines, IL. It is at the intersection of Manheim and Higgins Roads. (this information provided by a resident of Rosemont, Illinois)

1. Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

2. Blue "Save Ferris" Watertower, Off of Cedar Road next to the Northbrook  Public Library, Northbrook, IL

3. Glencoe Beach, at the end of Park Street on Lake Michigan in Glencoe, IL

4. Cameron's House and Ferrari garage (also known as the Ben Rose Auto Museum) are located at 370 Beech Street in Highland Park, IL. ( The Ferrari garage is  detached from the house and off the street a bit. The path to it is not clear  because it is not attached to the actual house. The driveway to the Ferrari  garage seems to be through the garage attached to the main house, but that is just a guess. It seems to be the only viable solution.) **pictures shown to the right were taken by Chris Roberts (**

5. The Bueller House is at 4160 Country Club Drive in Long Beach, CA.
(photo courtesy of Sean Tevis,

6. Katie Bueller’s Real Estate Office is the Koenig and Strey Office located at 583 Chestnut Street in Winnetka, IL. ( photo from The Koenig and Strey website: )

7. The interior of Shermer High School is shot in the former Maine North High School (same as The Breakfast Club). Also some shots are inside Glenbrook North High School.

8. The orange sculpture Cameron and Sloan walk by is located near  the corner of Dearborn and Adams in Chicago, IL

9. Ferris running through backyards at the end...some backyards  are on Blackthorn Lane in Northbrook, IL. (unconfirmed)

10. Ferris running through houses at the end: one of the houses is confirmed to be in Winnetka, IL (confirmed by an extra in the scene with the BBQ  in the backyard..specific location is not known yet..the extra was carrying a  punch bowl during her short screen time)

11. Ferris runs through a backyard with two girls laying on lawn chairs. The backyard, as well as some of the houses in the running home scenes  are on Butternut Lane in Northbrook, IL (just north of Glenbrook North High School). This location was confirmed by the younger brother of one of the girls  laying on the lawn chairs in the film.

(also shot at Wrigley Field, The Sears Tower, The Chicago Merchantile Exchange, and The Art Institute of Chicago)

1. Home Alone House is at 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, IL

2. Home Alone Pharmacy (formerly The St. Louis Bread Company -- currently Panera Bread), on Green Bay Road and Gage St. in the Hubbard Woods section of Winnetka, IL

3. Home Alone Railroad Track Bridge, Behind the Hubbard Woods Metra Station in Winnetka,IL

4. Home Alone Park/Gazebo( ice skating rink ), Green Bay Road in the Hubbard  Woods Section of, Winnetka,IL (directly across the street from the pharmacy)

5. Home Alone Church, on Lake Avenue and 11th Street near Downtown Wilmette in Wilmette, IL

6. The Christmas Choir Scene, Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave,(near  Lincoln and Greenbay) in Evanston, IL

7. O'Hare Airport, American  Terminal, Chicago, IL

8. A Scene with Kevin and Santa Claus is at Hubbard Place near Greenbay Road in Winnetka, IL.

9. Mitch Murphy's House is at 656 Lincoln Blvd. in Winnetka, Illinois. (It is right across the street from the Home Alone house.)

1. Home Alone House (same as Home Alone part 1)

2. Central Park in New York, NY.

3. The Plaza Hotel in New York, NY.

1. The Home Alone 3 House 3026 Normandy in Evanston, IL

2. The Old Lady's House is at 3025 Normandy in Evanston, IL

3. Studio (abandoned factory) where some scenes were shot is at  3450 W. Touhy Rd in Chicago, IL. Right across the street from Lincolnwood Town Center Shopping Mall. It is now owned by Klein Tools. (also used in Home Alone 2 and Denace the Meanace)

1. Wally World is Six Flags Magic Mountain: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

1. Marshall Field & Co. - main store on State St. in Chicago, IL.

1. Libertyville High School, 708 W Park Avenue in Libertyville, IL

1. The Old Comisky Park; Chicago, IL.

2. Railroad Station in Final Scene; Amtrack Depot in Niles,  Michigan @ 598 Dey Street.  Most easily spotted from the grade Crossing on North  Fifth Street.

1. The “El Rancho Motel” is on IL route 41 in Wadsworth, Illinois.  It is about 10 to 15 minutes North of Lake Forest, IL on the East side of 41.  (The Hotel is where Neil paid for the room with his watch and then ended up backing the car into it.)

2. The Braidwood Inn where the kid stole their wallets and also which featured the “they’re not pillows” scene is at the former Braidwood Inn - now Days Inn in Braidwood, Illinois about 50 miles south of Chicago.

3. The place where Martin and Candy are picked up by a semi-truck is in downtown Woodstock, IL. (the same location as Groundhog Day) Woodstock is on Illinois 47, 20 miles from the Wisconsin border.

1. Marshall High School, used for exterior shots, 4000 block of Tracy Street,  Los Angeles, CA

1. Sunset Foods Northbrook, on Cherry Lane in "downtown" Northbrook, Illinois (In Fall of 2002 it moved to the east side of Cherry Lane)

2. The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.

3. The SHAB house is at 56 Salem Lane in the New England Village neighborhood of Skokie, IL.

4. The Winnetka Congregational Church is at 725 Pine Street in Winnetka, IL.

5. The Glencoe Metra Station is at Park and Greenbay in Glencoe, IL.

6. The Night Club scenes with Kevin Bacon (where he encounters a girl in the bathroom) were shot at Excalibur (formerly The Limelight) located at 632 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago, IL. (this information provided by an extra from the film)

1. Glencoe Union Church, Park Street, Across from the Glencoe Metra Station in Glencoe, IL

2. A School Bus Scene, across from the Northbrook Village Hall on Cedar Road in  Northbrook, IL

3. Anthony Michael Hall ( the nerd ) driving the Rolls Royce with the Blonde is  on Central Street in Evanston, IL

4. Niles East High School (interior and exterior) was located at 7700 Lincoln  Ave. in Skokie, IL( it was torn down around 1992). A small portion of the building still remains, but not the main entrance. Oakton Community College now  stands there. Niles East High School was also used in the film Risky  Business. The third picture says "Niles East School" on it. It is the base  of the flag pole (in picture one). The fourth picture is what Oakton looks  like on the old Niles East Grounds.

5. The scene where a car pulls out of the dance en-route to Jake Ryan's Party  takes place at The Skokie Public Library Parking Lot ( 5215 Oakton St Skokie, IL ). Then the car drives past the Skokie Historical Society ( 8031 Floral Ave Skokie, IL ).

6. Jake Ryan's House is on Waverly in Highland Park, IL. (unconfirmed---looks like right place)

7. The Gym Dance takes place in the Niles East High School Gym.  The hallway where Samantha Baker runs into and cries in was the hallway that lead to the boy's locker room. (this information was provided by a 1975 graduate of Niles East High School)

1. The Hollywood Bowl (also used more recently in Lost and Found)

2. The High School is San Pedro High School at 1001 W. 15th Street in San Pedro, CA (about 30 min. south of L.A.).

3. Keith's (Eric Stoltz's) house is in Wilmington, CA

1. The Uncle Buck House is at 2604 Lincoln Street in Evanston, Illinois.
(photo courtesy of
Larry Maday)

2. Uncle Buck walks past The Winnetka Bank. It is located on the northwest corner of Elm Street and Greenbay Road in Winnetka, IL. (info. provided by a former Glencoe resident) - (picture from The Winnetka Historical Society’s website: )

3. New Trier West High School (or New Trier High School - West Campus), 7 Happ Rd, off of Willow Road next to the Edens Expressway in Northfield, IL (Tia's High School)

4. The ‘Party House’ where “Bust-a-Move” is playing and where John Candy gets a drill and catches Bug with another girl...It is North of Cherry and East of Western; a few blocks from Greenbriar Elementary School on the Northwest corner of Crabtree and Butternut in the Highlands Neighborhood of Northbrook, IL.  There is a sunroom in the back now, and it has changed owners since the film was shot. This was confirmed by a local resident whose house was directly across from where John Candy’s ‘haircut trailer’ was parked on Briarwood in Northbrook, IL.

5. The Windy City Bowling Alley, Cicero, IL.

6. The Forest Preserve...somewhere in Wilmette, IL.

7. The elementary school scene (with Gaby Hoffman's character in the classroom and Uncle Buck in the principal's office) was shot at Romona Elementary School, 600 Romona Rd in Wilmette, IL.

(scenes were also filmed in Chicago, Glencoe, and Riverwoods, Illinois)

1. Niles East High School (formerly), 7700 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, Illinois. It is the same exact shot from the opening of Sixteen Candles.

2. The Sports Car Chase in the end runs through Central St. in Downtown Highland Park, IL

3. Northbrook Court Shopping Center (remodeled since the film was shot), on Lake-Cook Road just west of Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook, IL

At this moment in time these are all of the locations which I am able to recall. If you have any more John Hughes locations which you know of, please email them to me at:

This page was created March 8, 1998 LAST UPDATED: 11 DECEMBER 2002