My Best friend’s Wedding, 1997

Director

PJ Hogan

Cast

Visit Chicago

Chicago: Flights: O'Hare International Airport

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) maps

Stay at: the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue (tel: 312.922.4400)

Stay at: the Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place at Michigan Avenue (tel: 312.787.2200)

Dine at: Charlie Trotter’s, 816 West Armitage Avenue at North Halsted Street, south of DePaul University (tel: 773.248.6228)

Visit: the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 North Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills,

My Best Friend's Wedding filming location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, East Chestnut Street, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: the wedding: Fourth Presbyterian Church, East Chestnut Street, Chicago

The locations for My Best Friend’s Wedding can all be found around Chicago – including the swanky ‘New York’ restaurant where the staff wait on the verdict of food critic Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts), which is Charlie Trotter’s, 816 West Armitage Avenue at North Halsted Street, south of DePaul University. And that’s Charlie Trotter himself playing the chef – "I will kill your whole family if you don't get this right!". The restaurant is popular and you’ll need to book well ahead.

My Best friend's Wedding location: Charlie Trotter's, West Armitage Avenue, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Julianne reviews the “New York’ restaurant: Charlie Trotter’s, West Armitage Avenue, Chicago

Getting the call from long-time pal Michael (Dermot Mulroney) that he’s getting married, Julianne flies off to Chicago, where she's met by Michael and his bride-to-be Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) at America’s busiest air terminal, the vast O’Hare Airport, 17 miles northwest of the city. Among the airport’s many screen appearances, its most famous must be as the departure point for the MacAllister family, without Kevin, in Home Alone.

My Best Friend's Wedding location: O'Hare Airport, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Michael and Kimmy meet Julianne at the airport: O'Hare Airport, Chicago

After a spell of claustrophobia in the lift, Julianne meets Kimmy’s mother at the Conrad Hilton Suite of the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Avenue, used also in Road To Perdition, Home Alone II: Lost In New York and The Fugitive.

My Best Friend's Wedding filming location: Chicago Hilton and Towers, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Julianne gets giddy in the lift, and meets Kimmy’s mother: Chicago Hilton and Towers, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Kimmy’s extraordinarily wealthy father (Philip Bosco) supposedly owns the Chicago White Sox baseball team, and Julianne meets him in a box at, their home stadium, US Cellular Field, 333 West 35th Street, which opened in 1991, and in 1997 still retained the old name ‘Comiskey Park’.

In a spasm of jealousy, Julianne decides she wants to marry Michael herself, and sets about sabotaging his relationship with Kimmy.

A couple of major locations have disappeared, and one of those is the karaoke bar, where Julianne’s plan to humiliate Kimmy goes horribly wrong as the crowd falls in love with her attempt to get her tonsils around I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself. Donnie’s, which stood on South Wabash Avenue at East Balbo Avenue, hasn’t just had a revamp or a change of name, it’s been demolished.

Julianne’s next move is to play on Michael’s fear that his job isn’t good enough for Kimmy’s rich family, by getting Kimmy’s father to offer Michael a job.

She plants the idea in Kimmy’s mind as the pair shop in the old Marshall Field’s department store, which – to the fury of many – was taken over in 2005 to become Macy’s State Street, 111 State Street.

My Best friend's Wedding location: Union League Club, West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Kimmy approaches her father at his club: Union League Club, West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

Kimmy duly approaches her dad at his club, the exclusive Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard.

My Best friend's Wedding location: Drake Hotel, East walton Place, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Julianne stays at the Chicago hotel: Drake Hotel, East Walton Place, Chicago

When this, too, fails, Julianne calls for help from her other old pal George, (Rupert Everett), who turns up at her room in the Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place at Michigan Avenue.

If you wanted to join in a chorus of I Say A Little Prayer at ‘Barry the Cuda’s’ seafood restaurant, I’m afraid you’ve missed your opportunity. It’s the other lost location. The restaurant was Joe's Crabshack at 745 North Wells, (at the time of filming, it was called The Crab House), which is now also totally gone.

Before the nuptials, Julian and Michael enjoy a last moment alone together on a cruise along the Chicago River through the Loop.

My Best Friend's Wedding filming location: West Wacker Drive, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: Julianne’s email gets send from the office: West Wacker Drive, Chicago

The river is overlooked by the ‘Wallace Companies’ building, the office of Kimmy’s father. It’s 77 West Wacker Drive, from where Julianne desperately sends a fake email sacking Michael from his job as a sports reporter.

The pre-wedding brunch is held Kimmy’s parents’ expansive estate, which is the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 North Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills, on Route 60 about 35 miles northwest of Chicago itself.

A mansion built in 1914 for Thomas Edison’s partner, Samuel Insull, it was bought by Chicago businessman John Cuneo in 1937 and remained the family home until 1990. It’s now open to the public.

As Julianne’s plans begin to succeed all too well, the wedding threatens to fall apart, with both Michael and Kimmy fleeing the party.

My Best Friend's Wedding filming location: Union Station, South Canal Street, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: the wedding: Union Station, South Canal Street, Chicago

Julianne hijacks a bakery truck to track down the despondent Michael to central Chicago. She finds him in the Great Hall of Chicago Union Station, 210 South Canal Street, and finally comes clean about her underhand tactics. The station’s classical waiting area has been seen in plenty of films, including The Untouchables, Man Of Steel, The Sting and The Package.

My Best Friend's Wedding filming location: Fourth Presbyterian Church, East Chestnut Street, Chicago

My Best Friend’s Wedding location: the wedding: Fourth Presbyterian Church, East Chestnut Street, Chicago

With everything sorted and forgiven, the wedding finally goes ahead on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, on Michigan Avenue at East Chestnut Street.




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