Actor Matthew Broderick said it best during his iconic stint as Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
It may be hard to believe, but “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the film where Chicago serves as the backdrop, turns 30 this summer.
In honor of the film’s anniversary, get into the spirit of Ferris Bueller and play hooky for a day this summer and recreate his tour of the city.
Here’s a list of stops you should be sure to make:
Madison and Wells streets
“Trust me, I’m a professional,” a downtown parking attendant assures Ferris and best friend Cameron as he speeds away a prized, 1961 Ferrari belonging to the sick teen’s father. The parking garage is where the day in the city begins. Make this the first stop on your tour.
22 W. Schiller St.
“You’re Abe Froman? The sausage king of Chicago,” asks the snooty host at fictional Chez Quis restaurant that Ferris, Cameron and girlfriend Sloane sneak into for lunch. The exterior shots of the eatery were filmed on Schiller, while the interior scenes were shot in Los Angeles.
Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive
“I think I see my dad,” says Cameron as he, Ferris and Sloane look down at the city from atop the Sears Tower – as it was called 30 years ago. The name may be different today, but the modern-day Skydeck still lets you see the city, suburbs and deep into Lake Michigan.
“Hey batter, batter! Swing batter,” Cameron chants from the stands of Wrigley during a Cubs game. Recreate the day off with a visit the second-oldest ballpark in the MLB.
Board of Trade Building, 141 W. Jackson Blvd.
When stopping by the Chicago Board of Trade building, don’t forget to make weird hand gestures just like Cameron. Plus, it’s the spot where Ferris proposed to Sloane.
Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Gaze at some of the greatest art in the world, just like Ferris, Cameron and Sloane. Don’t miss Georges Seurat’s masterpiece, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and start a staring competition with the little girl in the painting.
Still feel like you haven’t seen anything, much like Cameron? Head to Dearborn Street and sing “Danke Schoen” in the streets – just like Ferris did when he crashed the parade. Then rock out to “Twist & Shout.”