New Outdoor Film Fest in the Works for Lincoln Square

By Hunter Clauss | Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photo by Hunter Clauss.

The Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks program will have at least one friendly competitor in the Lincoln Square area. That’s because?Ald. Eugene Schulter is currently planning a new outdoor film festival that’s expected to kick off sometime this summer, and the screenings will take place in parks and other “open spaces” throughout Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, and Northcenter.

Schulter’s ward office has created a website for the event, which is called the 47th Ward Outdoor Film Festival, and while Schulter’s staff is in the process of finalizing the list of movies, they’re also asking for suggestions of “classic” movies that residents would like to see included. One person on the event’s website suggested George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and, to be honest, it would be kind of awesome to watch that classic zombie flick in a park late at night.

While they might not be suitable for the film festival, here are some other movies that were filmed in Chicago that sometimes get overlooked:

The Hunter

Steve McQueen plays Ralph “Papa” Thorson, a real-life bounty hunter who supposedly apprehended more than 5,000 fugitives who jumped bail. One of the most memorable scenes from the movie is when a suspect tries to evade McQueen in an elaborate chase scene at Marina Towers that ends with a car?plummeting into the Chicago River.

North by Northwest

This classic from Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive who is mistaken for a C.I.A. agent named George Kaplan by a bunch of evil spies with vaguely European accents. To make matters worse, Thornhill is framed for a murder, causing him to go on the lamb. At one point, Thornhill travels to Chicago, where the leader fo the evil spies is staying at the Ambassador East hotel.

High Fidelity

This 2000 romantic comedy–about a record-store owner who tracks down his ex-girlfriends to find out why they dumbed him–is based off of a Nick Hornby novel set in London. The movie, however, is set in Chicago, presumably to accomodate the film’s star, John Cusack. The film’s cast also include Jack Black as a foul-mouthed, pretentious coworker at the record store, and his scenes alone?guarantee?this flick won’t be screened at any outdoor festivals any time soon.

The Dark Knight

It’s hard to watch scenes from this movie and not think about where in Chicago they were filmed. Sure, Christian Bale plays one of the better Batmans, and Heath Ledger completely changed the way most people view the Joker, but Chicago deserves props for making Gotham City come to life.

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