The Color of Money, 1986

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Chicago: Flights: O'Hare International Airport

Fitzgerald’s, 6615 West Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, west of the city (rail: Berwyn)

O'Brien’s Steakhouse, 1528 North Wells Street near West North Avenue in the Old Town district (tel: 312.787. 3131)

Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street at West Waveland Avenue northwest of Wrigley Field in Wrigleyville (tel: 773.549.2050)

Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, east of the Streeterville district (tel: 312.595.5110)

Stay at: The Blackstone, 636 South Michigan Avenue (tel: 312.447.0955)


Trivia

See Fast Eddie's early life in Robert Rossen's The Hustler (set in New York)

Other notable Chicago-set films include The Blues Brothers, The Fugitive and The Untouchables (which also features the now-closed Blackstone Hotel), and The Dark Knight Ė which features Navy Pier

The Color of Money location: Chris's Billiards, 4637 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

The Color of Money location: Chris’s Billiards, 4637 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Although it’s set all over the States, the locations for The Color of MoneyMartin Scorsese’s kinetically thrilling follow up to Robert Rossen’s 1961 The Hustler – can be found almost entirely around Chicago.

Paul Newman returns to the role of pool hall king Fast Eddie Felson, ostensibly grooming talented tyro Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise) for pool stardom.

Though the story takes off from Chicago and heads across the States to the Atlantic City tournament, it was filmed on real locations almost entirely in the Windy City itself.

The Color of Money location: Fitzgerald's, 6615 West Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, Illinois

The Color of Money location: Vincent first grabs the attention of Fast Eddie Felton: Fitzgerald’s, 6615 West Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, Illinois

The pool hall where Vincent first grabs Fast Eddie’s attention by trashing Julian (John Turturro) is Fitzgerald’s, 6615 West Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, west of the city (rail: Berwyn).

Established as a pool hall in 1915, you can see Fitzgerald’s as the 'Suds Bucket', site of the raucous dance, in Penny Marshall’s A League Of Their Own., as well as in Michael Apted's Blink and Chris Columbus's Adventures in Babysitting.

The Color of Money location: O'Brien's Steakhouse, 1528 North Wells Street, Old Town, Chicago

The Color of Money location: human moves at the ‘Sir Loin Inn’: O’Brien’s Steakhouse, 1528 North Wells Street, Old Town, Chicago

The ‘Sir Loin Inn’, where Eddie takes Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) for a meal and a lesson in human moves, is O’Brien’s Steakhouse, 1528 North Wells Street near West North Avenue in the Old Town district.

The Color of Money location: Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street, Wrigleyville, Chicago

The Color of Money location: Vincent plays pool: Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street, Wrigleyville, Chicago

Another Chicago bar turned into a pool hall for the movie was the Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street at West Waveland Avenue northwest of Wrigley Field in Wrigleyville.

The Color of Money location: Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street, Wrigleyville, Chicago

The Color of Money location: Vincent plays pool: the old ‘St Paul’s Billiards’, West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

Real pool halls include St Paul’s Billiards (formerly the Vaudeville Theatre), 1415 West Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park-De Paul, where Vincent gets beaten up. It’s currently closed and empty.

The Color of Money location: Gingerman Tavern, 3720 North Clark Street, Wrigleyville, Chicago

The Color of Money location: Chris’s Billiards, 4637 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Chris’s Billiards, 4637 North Milwaukee Avenue between Laurence and Montrose in northwest Chicago, though, is still going strong. The hall is in the same neighbourhood as the Portage Theatre, which doubled for the interior of the ‘Biograph’ cinema in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies.

It was at the now-demolished North Center Bowl, which stood at 4017 North Lincoln Avenue, where a disillusioned Eddie finally ditches Vincent.

More scenes were filmed at the, now sadly closed, German oompah restaurant Zum Deutschen Eck, 2924 North Southport Avenue at Diversey in north Chicago.

The Nine-ball Classic Tournament is held at the oft-used Resorts International Hotel on the Boardwalk at Atlantic City, New Jersey, but even this turns out to be Chicago.

The Color of Money location: Navy Pier, Chicago

The Color of Money location: the Nine Ball Classic in ‘Atlantic City’: Navy Pier, Chicago

Although there are establishing shots of the hotel, the giant arched hall of the climactic poolathon is the Ballroom of the Navy Pier, east of the Streeterville district. This 3,000 foot pier was built in 1916 (it was intended to be one of a pair but its partner never materialised) when Lake Michigan was used for commercial shipping. Post-thirties it fell into decline, until major renovations in 1976. The pier entrance is on Streeter Drive at 600 East Grand Avenue near lake Shore Drive just north of the Chicago River. The pier is more recently featured in The Dark Knight.

The Color of Money location: Blackstone Hotel, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

The Color of Money location: the ‘Atlantic City’ hotel: The Blackstone, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Similarly, Vincent’s ‘Atlantic City’ hotel can be found in the Windy City It’s the historic Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue at East Balbo Drive – it’s the same venue that hosted the bloody banquet in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables and is also seen in Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Hudsucker Proxy.




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