On this largely outdoor walking tour, hit Millennium Park's highlights—"the Bean" (aka Cloud Gate), Crown Fountain, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion—as you hear about their ties to the movies.
This 8-stop journey across Chicago's Millennium Park kicks off in the South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, learn about Chicago fountains and sculptor Lorado Taft's connections to early cinema.
Then, making your way up Michigan Avenue, encounter one of Ferris Bueller's hangouts, engage with digital film technology and water, and hear about popular summertime movie screenings for all Chicagoans. Along the way, we'll glance down at remnants of Millennium Park's former life, and look up to see where Hollywood's "babysitting adventures" went horribly awry.
Finally, descend underneath Millennium Park through the tunnel where The Dark Knight filmed its now-famous Batman/Joker chase scene.
Approx. 1.5 hours
Movies and TV series featured on this tour
Parks and Recreation (2009-20)
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Prison Break (2005-09)
Love Jones (1997)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Restrooms are available at the beginning and the end of this tour.
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Roughly 15 guests
Fully vaccinated guests are preferred on all Chicago movie tours.
About 90% of this tour takes place outside, where masks are currently not required in Chicago. Masks are required indoors, and since we will enter one building, please have a mask handy, whether you're vaccinated or not. Unvaccinated guests are encouraged to wear masks at all times.
Your tour guide, Kelli, has been fully vaccinated.
Guests ages 10 and up can attend.
The entrance to the underground Grant Park South Garage is on Michigan Ave. at Van Buren St., south of Adams St.
Public transit: Our starting point, the Art Institute's South Garden, is easily accessible via the city’s “L” train system. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, one block west of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away.
What to Wear
Weather-appropriate clothing. Tours run rain, shine, or (mild) snow.
No video or audio recording of the tour, but take as many pictures as you’d like!
What's included on this walking tour?
Expert tour guide commentary
Access to locations used by Hollywood crews and casts
Integration of old and new media to enhance Millennium Park's movie connections
Secrets and stories about Millennium Park and the movies that even most Chicagoans don't know
Plenty of Instagram opportunities
Mini goodie bag! 💙
Fall 2021 dates coming soon!