Chicago Film Tour Podcast
Just visit the “Onscreen Illinois” website at http://www.enjoyillinois.com/movies/home.aspx and download the PDF map and podcast file. (The podcast is a ZIP file that includes the 19 individual MP3 files that comprise the audio tour. Each is about 3-5 minutes long.)
The locations are pretty spread out. As far south as Cellular Field/Sox Park and as far north as the Uptown neighborhood (4500 North). I'm sure it would take at least the better part of day to see all of them; longer if you spend any time at more than a few of them. You could certainly do the Downown/Loop locations. Still, on a rainy day like today, I enjoyed listening to the podcasts while “mentally” visiting all the locations. I've been to all of them at one time or another, and have seen most of the movies mentioned. For those I've seen, it was interesting to try to remember the movie scene mentioned.
Of course, seeing the actual location in person – inside and/or outside - is best. My advice: Listen to the podcasts and the next time you're in the neighborhood, pause and remember! Below is a list of the locations and the neighborhood they are in.
Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel
Art Institute of Chicago
Sears (Willis) Tower
Chicago Cultural Center
Daley Center Plaza
Chicago River Boat Cruises and Riverwalk
Buddy Guy's Legends (Blues Club)
U.S. Cellular Field/Sox Park
Double Door (Jazz/Blues Club)
Green Mill (Jazz Club)
1) Unfortunately, the PDF map is not interactive. It would have been nice to click on the location and at least see a photo of it. Ah well..... maybe in its next iteration.
2) The audio files were created in 2006 so no movies filmed and released after that are included.
3) The free trolleys to Lincoln Park Zoo and other attractions mentioned in the Navy Pier clip no longer exist. (Boo-hoo!) However Navy Pier does have its own trolley that operates between Navy Pier and the intersection of Grand Avenue and State Street.
The website ("Movies by Region") has a lot more info and includes many movies filmed here post-2006, including the Dark Knight. Photos of the locations mentioned in the podcasts (plus more recent movies) make this an interesting “prep” for your in-person walking tour (so you know what to look for).