Real Chicago Director

August 16, 2011

What do Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles have in common? Besides being four of the most iconic and widely known movies, they were all directed by the legendary John Hughes. John Hughes and his family moved from Detroit to Chicago when he was 13 years old and from then on, his love of Chicago blossomed. During the early 80s, while working as a script doctor and rewriter, he realized he could write better movies than the ones he was working on. After that, the rest was history. Sixteen Candles was his directorial debut and instantaneously won praise. The string of movies that followed were just as successful and throughout time have remained classics. Hughes made it a point to shoot most of his movies in Chicago because of his love for this great city. He has been quoted as saying, “Chicago is what I am”. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off really showcased just how much Chicago meant to him. The film was his love letter to the city and included famous landmarks like Wrigley Field and the Sears Tower. Hughes said, “I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but in the spirit”. John Hughes passed away in August of 2009 but his films have not been forgotten. Tonight the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center is hosting their Free Movie Tuesdays and will be showing John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles. The movie will be shown in the Peter Pan tent and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The theater opens at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 7 pm. However the best part is that it’s absolutely free! Tonight is the perfect time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer we have left. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show. 777 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

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