- Apr 21, 2016
Partnering with the Village of Northbrook, the Park District, the Library and the Historical Society, the Chamber is pitching in to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which is known for its many scenes around Northbrook. The movie was written and directed by John Hughes, who featured many community landmarks in his films drawn from his teenage years living in Northbrook. Hughes is known for capturing the humor and angst of the teen experience in many of his movies from the ’80s.
Perhaps the best known image in the 1986 movie is the Northbrook water tower with the words “Save Ferris” emblazoned across the side. Hughes also created the town of Shermer in the film, based on Northbrook’s roots as Shermerville at the turn of the century. In addition, there are numerous scenes of Glenbrook North High School.
Hughes’ other movies featured Meadowbrook Elementary School and Northbrook Village Hall (Sixteen Candles) Northbrook Court (Weird Science) and Sunset Foods (She’s Having a Baby).
A number of tributes are planned, including the installation of a commemorative bench in honor of Hughes, strategically placed close to the wall overlooking the open field at Tower Rink adjacent to the Library, with a view of the water tower. Next month, immediately following the June 3 Rock the Green concert at Village Green Park, Northbrook locals are invited to watch a special showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at dusk, which will be free and open to the public.