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Ferris Bueller and the Art Institute of Chicago

Explore 4 reasons the Art Institute scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is so memorable


In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, three suburban teenagers skip school, drive into Chicago, and explore well-known sites like the Sears Tower, Wrigley Field, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


The scene inside the Art Institute lasts only 2 minutes, but it is arguably one of the most memorable from the 1986 American teen comedy.


Here are at least 4 reasons this museum scene is so unforgettable:

  1. Showcases a whopping 40 pieces of art

  2. Distinguishes the movie from other hedonistic teen comedies of the time

  3. Speaks volumes about the film's characters and its director, John Hughes, even though it contains no dialogue

  4. Represents a beautiful tribute to the power of art

If you want to experience firsthand the artwork and hear behind-the-scenes stories that inspired one of the most famous scenes in Chicago-based cinema, join our guided walking tour The Art of Ferris Bueller.


Also, be sure to look for our appearance in The Washington Post alongside three Chicagoans who recreate Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane's famous day off!



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