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Hollywood Comes to Elgin

Sherry McGuinn

And it won't be the first time the Chicago area has played a supporting role

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Friday, film crews from SKIB Productions, shot footage in downtown Elgin, as well as Schaumburg and. Palatine, for a new holiday flick, Fight Before Christmas.

The Elgin shoot centered around South Grove Street, which was shut down for several hours.

Details about the film are somewhat under wraps, but the plot's central character is named Emma. And to her great dismay, a year after the death of her mother, Emma's father starts dating her high school “frenemy,” Brandy.

Dad sounds like a creep if you ask me.

So, as we might discern from the film's title, Emma vows to break up the cuddly pair as they spend the Christmas holidays together. Adding to the mix are Brandy’s high school ex, and Emma’s former crush, leaving us to assume that the "festivities" will be anything, but.

Sounds like a snooze-fest to me. And a rehashing of countless films like it.

That said, the downtown area was decked out in Christmas finery, like wreaths, lights, and other holiday decorations and it will be fun to see how that translates on screen.

Wouldn't it be interesting to be a fly on the wall when the filmmakers were deciding upon the locales for this movie? I'm guessing that one or more of the crew members are locals as that's frequently how it works.

The Chicago area has been showcased in several films throughout the years. I was working downtown when the Kurt Russell pic about firefighters, Backdraft, was filmed. Being at the right place at the right time, I was fortunate to watch the cast and crew shoot a scene in a "burning" building that took my breath away.

As a screenwriter, nearly all of my projects take place in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. Because I'm a hometown girl and it's what I know.

Here are several more films that were shot in and around Chicago. Some I've seen more than once. Maybe you have, too.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Who can forget the iconic line, "Bueller? Bueller?" OR those scenes filmed at the Art Institute, Skydeck Chicago, and Wrigley Field?

The Blues Brothers

Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi tear it up at the Soul Food Cafe, Ray's Music Exchange, and several other iconic Chicago "joints."

The Fugitive

In this big-screen version of the iconic TV show, Harrison Ford plays the wrongly-accused Dr. Richard Kimble. As "The Cop," Tommy Lee Jones chases the good doctor all over the city and we're treated to some thrilling, action-packed scenes in Lincoln Park, the Chicago Hilton Hotel, and Daley Plaza, right near the Picasso statue.

The Color of Money

This sequel to The Hustler has Paul Newman reprising his role as ace pool player, Eddie Felsen, who finds himself mentoring young up-and-comer, Vincent Laura, played by Tom Cruise. Not only was north side pool hall, Chris's Billiards featured, but the finale, the big tournament in Atlantic City, was shot in Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom!

Home Alone

Who can forget this classic? Kevin McCallister sabotages a home invasion with the help of paint cans and a neighbor. A Winnetka home was the setting for this funny and touching film. The Trinity United Church in Wilmette and O'Hare International Airport were also featured.

The above is just a sampling of movies that were shot in and around our fair city. I hope you enjoyed reading about them and as always, thank you for being here!

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