WILLIS TOWER OBSERVATION DECK
No trip to Chicago is complete without getting a peek at the city’s best view, where Ferris, Cameron and Sloane went to get a glimpse. (Although if you want to look like a true Chicagoan, call it the Sears Tower.)
CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
The trio may have been skipping school, but they caught a glimpse at what it would be like to actually go to work during a visit to the stock exchange.
22 W. SCHILLER STREET
Ferris disguises himself as Abe Froman – the Sausage King of Chicago – to snag a spot for lunch at Chez Quis, which went off pretty well until they notice his father is also dining there a few tables over. While Chez Quis isn’t a real restaurant, you can catch a glimpse of the exterior at 22 W. Schiller Street, which is a private residence.
Head up to the city’s North Side to catch a Cubs game – the perfect mid-afternoon activity for any day off. Just beware of the jumbotron if you’re trying to be discreet.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Take in an afternoon of culture at the city’s famed Art Institute – probably the most educational thing our favorite school skippers did all day. Don’t forget to link arms with a class of kindergarteners and imitate your favorite works.
DEARBORN AND ADAMS ST. INTERSECTION
When Ferris hopped on a parade float and stole the city’s affections, he did so on the corner of Dearborn and Adams, a major intersection in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood. Bonus points if you visit during the German-American parade, which is held every year in September.
GLENBROOK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
While it’s not exactly a tourist attraction, you can catch a glimpse of the school that Ferris was to eager to ditch – and the steps where he and Cameron picked up Sloane in Northbrook, IL. Fun fact? They used director John Hughes’ actual high school for the shot.
CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE CENTER
Remember when Ferris suggested he and Sloane get married? Probably his most ill-advised idea of the day (out of many). That occurred at these dueling office complexes, which you can still visit today.