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Reel Chicago: Movie Locations and Landmarks in the Cityscape



2 hrs

1.25 mi.

10 guests


Uncover Hollywood secrets and local lore on this highlights tour in which cinema history meets our cityscape

Welcome to Reel Chicago, where celluloid meets the cityscape! 

In this guided walking tour spanning 1.25 miles through downtown Chicago, you'll explore a dozen landmarks, some of which have served as backdrops for Hollywood's most beloved films and TV series while others hold a special or unusual place in cinema history.

This 2-hour journey takes you past major landmarks like Calder's Flamingo, City Hall, and Chicago’s iconic "L" trains that crisscross the city skyline. While walking, keep your eyes peeled for familiar sights from movies and TV series like The Bear, The Dark Knight, The Lake House, and The Fugitive.

Led by our expert guide, whose Ph.D. in film is matched only by her passion for storytelling, Reel Chicago: Movie Locations and Landmarks in the Cityscape promises to uncover fascinating stories behind the camera. 

Ever wondered how they managed to orchestrate that unforgettable parade scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Or how The Blues Brothers obtained permission to send their car careening through Daley Plaza? Get ready for insider insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes that will leave you seeing these landmarks in a whole new light.

But it’s not just blockbusters that get the spotlight in this tour. You'll also delve into lesser-known Chicago film connections, from 1950s films noirs to bizarre suicide pacts in old movie theaters.

Join us for Reel Chicago: Movie Locations and Landmarks in the Cityscape, where every step is a scene waiting to be discovered!

NOTE: As the description above implies, one of our stops includes a story about a suicide pact between two young women. 

Movies/TV Highlighted

  • The Bear (2022-pres.)

  • The Dark Knight (2008)

  • The Lake House (2006)

  • The Fugitive (1993)

  • Home Alone 2 (1992)

  • The Untouchables (1987)

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

  • The Blues Brothers (1980)

  • City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Public Tour Dates

Tour Specifics

Start/End Points

The tour starts at Daley Plaza, next to the Eternal Flame Memorial, 50 W Washington St. The tour ends at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St.


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. Guardians must sign waivers for children under the age of 18.


By Car: Nearby Millennium Garages are located at Grant Park North Garage (25 N. Michigan Ave), Grant Park South Garage (325 S. Michigan Ave) and Millennium Park Garage & Millennium Lakeside Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr). Public Transit 'L': Red Line to Lake, Brown or Blue Line to Washington, or Pink Line to State/Lake stop.


Elevators and escalators are located throughout buildings we enter. Ramps are located outside our route and along city sidewalks.

What to Bring

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. Tours run rain or shine.


Public restrooms are available inside Block 37, near the start of the tour route, and inside two hotels on the route.


Guests ages 10 and up can attend.


No video or audio recording of the tour, but take as many pictures as you'd like!

Cancellations and Refunds

You may cancel or amend your reservation 48 hours or more before the tour departs. Read more Tour Terms and Conditions.

Private Tours

Yes, you may book this tour as a private or group tour!

The private tour price listed below is a flat fee for up to 9 guests. If you have more than 9 in your party, please contact us so we can accommodate you.

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour through downtown Chicago exploring dozen landmarks from film and TV

  • Expert tour guide commentary

  • Guided access inside locations where movies and TV series have filmed 

  • Behind-the-scenes stories and insider insights

  • Small group to generate engagement and foster a personalized tour

  • Visual and audio media to enhance your experience

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities 

  • Mini (movie-themed) goodie bags! 💙



Reel Chicago: Movie Locations and Landmarks in the Cityscape

average rating is 5 out of 5
Our group had an amazing time on the Chicago and Movies Highlights Tour! We planned our company retreat, "Summer Fun Day," around learning and celebrating Chicago films, and our tour guide Kelli did a wonderful job educating and entertaining us. We would definitely recommend taking this tour if you are a Chicago visitor or a native looking to learn more about the city!

August 8, 2023

Ivan F

Reel Chicago: Movie Locations and Landmarks in the Cityscape

average rating is 5 out of 5
Kelli Marshall is incredibly warm, friendly and intelligent. We contacted Kelli in advance of our tour and mentioned some things that we hoped to see, specifically locations from movies made in Chicago, also outdoor art and The Art Institute of Chicago. She tailored our walking tour in the area around The Art Institute in such a great way that included many things we discussed seeing plus many more locations & art of great interest that we didn't expect. Kelli knows her stuff!

August 13, 2022


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