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Paul / April 26, 2004 2:25 PM

For all of its cliches, The Blues Brothers is still a favorite. In recent years, though, High Fidelity did a fairly good job of making the London story feel Chicagoish.

jima / April 26, 2004 2:38 PM

If not Blues Brothers, then Hoop Dreams.

jennifer / April 26, 2004 2:43 PM

Ferris Bueller's Day Off!!!

Benjy / April 26, 2004 2:45 PM

Agreed, Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

Matthew / April 26, 2004 2:46 PM

Thief, directed by Michael Mann and starring James Caan, was so on cue that it smelled like Chicago.

Andrew / April 26, 2004 3:03 PM

For tourism: Ferris Buehler's Day Off
For the gritty side: Blues Brothers
For the current look: High Fidelity
For kids hanging off skyscrapers: Adventures in Babysitting
For mobsters: The Untouchables

daruma / April 26, 2004 3:29 PM

The Untouchables. "They put one of ours in the hospital; we put one of theirs in the morgue." It's the Chicago way.

paul / April 26, 2004 3:34 PM

Nothing says Chicago like the Blues Brothers, but Backdraft and Running Scared capture the Chicago feel just as well.

As for the best movie every set in Chicago - without a doubt - The Sting.

Craig / April 26, 2004 3:45 PM

The Fugitive. Why? Harrison Ford beat the crap out of the one-armed man and left him handcuffed on the El. That was awesome.

'That Ian' / April 27, 2004 8:35 AM

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, duh!

donna / April 29, 2004 10:16 PM

barbershop 2!

Pete / May 4, 2004 2:49 PM

One that nobody remembers: My Bodyguard. Lots of it was set at Lake View High School, where my dad attended. (My mom was always preferred Lucas, since it was filmed at her alma mater, Glenbard West.)

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