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Comedy in Chicago: The Marx Brothers and Bob Newhart

Learn about the Chicago connections of a few giants of American comedy

About This Tour


This virtual tour begins with a leisurely walk to the Marx Brothers' Chicago home. There, you will learn about a subgenre of film called anarchic comedy. You'll also take a ride down a slice of historic Route 66 and see where the Marx family once owned a chicken farm. (Yes, really, a chicken farm.)

Then, we'll shift comedic gears to Bob Newhart. Newhart was born in the western suburbs of Chicago, and his sitcom The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78) was set here as well. In this section of the virtual tour, you'll visit 3 Chicago locations near and dear to the comedian and actor: his childhood home, his Oak Park apartment, and Navy Pier.

Join Chicago Movie Tours on this virtual walking tour—complete with HD video!—and rediscover the city through TV and film.


What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual and in-person programs incorporate the following to bring the subject matter to life:

   •    HD video
   •    Photos
   •    Clips and screenshots
   •    Maps
   •    Newspapers
   •    Movie fan magazines
   •    Animated slideshows
   •    Expert commentary...and more

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