Last week’s “Where are they now?” Walley World post was so popular and we got so many e-mails we are showcasing another Griswold location!
This week we are profiling the Griswold’s home and John Hughes’s fictional town of
Shermer, ! Illinois
John Hughes fans already know that his films, including the Vacation films are set in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois a suburb of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The original Griswold House used in National Lampoon’s Vacation was filmed in
where as, the other Griswold houses used in European, Christmas and Vegas were all filmed on the Warner Brother’s backlot. As a reference to the Griswold’s home state Chevy Chase wears a black Chicago Bears hat in all four Vacation films. Chicago,
The Breakfast Clubs school interiors and football field were filmed at
Hughes High School, Glenbrook North High School which in real life is located on Shermer Rd. in Northbrook . The exteriors of the school and Library were filmed at Maine North High School Located in Illinois . Maine North High School, Glenbrook North High School, New Trier High School (West Campus), and Niles East High School have all been filmed as Des Plaines, Illinois . Shermer High School
An ongoing theme in Hughes depiction of Shermer is the contrast of its resident’s wealth. Films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Career Opportunities and Some Kind Of Wonderful all show rich and poor kids living and attending the same schools, something which Hughes has spoken about when talking about his own experiences growing up in
. Northbrook, Illinois
With the death of John Hughes the days of Shermer are gone but are far from forgotten. With films like Dogma where two characters “Jay and Silent Bob” travel to Illinois looking for Shermer only to find that it is fictional town and shows like NBC’s Community making almost weekly references to the Hughes films and it’s Shermer residents it looks like the dream of Shermer lives on.
The official Northbrook Website: http://www.northbrook.il.us/
Pictures from then and now: http://home.xnet.com/~madman/index.html
A complete list of John Hughes films: http://www.riverblue.com/hughes/films.html
Shermer at Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shermer,_Illinois
Griswold house: thanks to Braden
Ferris and sixteen pictures from: http://home.xnet.com/~madman/index.html