Thirty years after hitting the silver screen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off remains one of the most iconic love letters to Chicago.
On September 21, 1985, the filming of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off took over the city’s annual Von Steuben Parade, in what would become one of the film’s best-loved scenes.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s sage advice coming from anyone, let alone a 17-year-old from the North Shore. But Ferris Bueller is a “righteous dude,” of course, and 30 years after the palm-licking clarinet prodigy took his ninth (or was it second?) sick day of the semester on a bright, 70-degree spring day, John Hughes’s charismatic brainchild (played by a then-23-year-old Matthew Broderick) is as synonymous with the Windy City as Abe Froman, sausage king of Chicago.
After all, if Bueller hadn’t passed out at 31 Flavors, he wouldn’t have been able to trade his European socialism exam for a ’61 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, get existential at the Sears Tower (“Anything is peaceful from 1,353 feet”), eat pancreas at Chez Quis, catch a foul ball at Wrigley Field, indulge his inner romantic at the Art Institute, and unite the Loop in a rousing rendition of “Twist and Shout” at the German-American Von Steuben Parade. It takes an eternal teenager to remind us of the everyday joys that continue to abound in this city, even if your parents didn’t get you a car—to which we can only say, Danke Schoen.