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Chicago Movie Tours: "The Art Of Ferris Bueller" Guided Walking Tour
WGN News

Chicago Movie Tours: "The Art Of Ferris Bueller" Guided Walking Tour

Chicago Tribune

"Chicago’s movie past, one video tour at a time"

"In April 2020, film scholar Kelli Marshall was ready to launch her new business, Chicago Movie Tours.


'I had a tour lined up for April 5 at Old Joliet Prison and it was actually sold out,' she said. 'But then the pandemic hit...'


Washington Post

"Could Ferris Bueller’s Day Off really be done?"

"The director featured 40 works in that segment, notes Kelli Marshall, founder of Chicago Movie Tours. Marshall leads a 75-minute The Art of Ferris Bueller tour, which focuses on how the artwork relates to the characters and Hughes himself."

Moraine Valley Community College

"Get an expert's take on famous films"

"Students who take Marshall's class will learn how to analyze specific subjects or film types. 'I always try to situate the material within the time frame it was created,' she says. 'After all, art, including cinema, isn’t created in a vacuum. There are reasons a film exists when it does, why it looks like it does, and why it affects who it does.'"

Chicago History Podcast

Tommy Henry from Chicago History Podcast and I sat down with the screenwriter of Backdraft to discuss his experience with the fiery action thriller, shot in Chicago and released 30 years ago May 2021.

Forgotten History Podcast

Doug Hess from Forgotten Hollywood discuss the impact that Chicago has on the movies and my passion for Gene Kelly. 

More Press

These five Chicago history tours will show you a different slice of the city

WBEZ, June 17, 2024

From Fairgrounds to Film Set: Chicago’s Midway, Movies, and the 1893 World’s Fair” starts from the Midway Plaisance, whose ties go back to the World’s Fair, then winds along the tree-lined streets of Hyde Park to showcase five stops tied to the movies."

The Best Ways to Experience Chicago During SHRM24

SHRM, April 9, 2024

"Fans of the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” can even follow in the footsteps of Ferris and his pals through a special tour at the Art Institute of Chicago."

Five Things to Do in Chicago: October 20-22

Chicago Mag, Oct. 19, 2023

"Step into Ferris’s shoes at the Art of Ferris Bueller tour, put on by Chicago Movie Tours."

Fans Remember Robin Williams on His 72nd Birthday With Profound Tributes

Yahoo, Jul 21, 2023
"Someone else [hey, that's us!] shared a photo of a mural painted on the side of a building in his birth city of Chicago..."

The WBEZ Summer 250

WBEZ, Jun 22, 2023
"Build your own bucket list with our customizable guide to 250+ events and happenings around the city."

Movies Filmed in Chicago

Choose Chicago

"Take a Chicago movie guided tour. Go 'on location' at various Chicago movie hotspots with Chicago Movie Tours. You’ll hit the highlights and even learn some unexpected history." 

Films shot in Chicago since 1896 inspire travelers

CNN Brasil, Apr. 2, 2023

"Those who go to Chicago will also be able to find special tours that involve famous locations and make movie lovers know the city from another perspective. One of them is Chicago Movie Tours."

Ferris Bueller's Chicago: Reliving the '80s in a city that never stands still

The Points Guy, Caroline Lascom, Nov. 18, 2022

"Scan the internet and you’ll find tour companies that have crafted '80s-movie-themed itineraries paying homage to the city’s famed landmarks and magical moments of movie lore: the demolition derby of "The Blues Brothers," the underbelly of Gotham City and, of course, the cultural touchstones and museums of "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."

Showmen’s Rest, Flava Flavor Flavour, and scary movies

Chicago Reader, Things to do in Chicago for Oct. 25, 2022

Healing Circle, Nitrate Kisses, disasters, and punk rock

Chicago Reader, Things to do in Chicago for Aug. 23, 2022

"Chicago Movie Tours offers a free and entirely online look at the S.S. Eastland disaster, the 1915 shipwreck that resulted in the loss of over 800 passengers and crew after the ship rolled over onto its side while tied to a dock on the Chicago River. The tour company will offer a virtual presentation including insight from a cigar maker who lost family in the disaster, as well as recently unearthed film documenting the tragedy. It’s viewable on the Chicago Movie Tours Facebook page tonight at 7 PM."

Halloween Happenings

Oct 5, 2021

"Join Kelli Marshall of Chicago Movie Tours as she examines the dark and creepy world of this post-WWII movie genre."

The Chicago-Hollywood connection

Sept 21, 2021

"This presentation, which showcases Union Station and the special way it connects us all, is Part One of the library’s 'All Aboard!' series." — Riverside/Brookfield Landmark

Moraine Valley Offers Array of Virtual Summer Classes

Jun 4, 2021

"Movie lovers can dive into three new classes by Chicago Movie Tours." —

Mardi Gras and Movies in the Midwest

"A local tour company is highlighting Chicago's historic connection to Mardi Gras." WBEZ Chicago

Chicago Reader: Upcoming Events and Recommendations

"Chicago Movie Tours hosts a virtual tour of Union Station with an emphasis on its role in the movies."

Skokie Public Library To Celebrate Women's History Month

On Tuesday, March 9, Kelli Marshall of Chicago Movie Tours leads a presentation about how Hollywood portrays women. —

Film scholar Kelli Marshall will explore The Blues Brothers

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark

Take a virtual walk in Ferris Bueller’s shoes

Daily Journal, Kankakee, IL

White Oak Library District To Celebrate The Blues Brothers, Homer Glen-Lockport

Discover the world of film and music this fall at Moraine Valley, Palos Hills

Interested in vintage fashion and make up?

The Guardian, University of San Diego

Virtual Tour of Route 66 and the Movies Filmed There

Wood Dale Public Library

On Chicago, the Movie Musical

No Wire Hangers, podcast

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