Locations Manager(s): Billy Higgins, Gregg Popp
Lucas Filming Locations:
These scenes were actually shot at Glenbard West High School, located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Google Map
Lucas was filmed in Illinois, USA in Chicago, Glen Ellyn, Arlington Heights and Wilmette.
Some indoor High School shots (i.e., hallways, pep rally, etc.) were filmed at Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois (which was closed down at the time). Other indoor scenes and the outdoor shots were filmed at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn and Highland Park High School in Highland Park. [Thanks to Jodi Hanson, Gerard Kaszubowski]
The scene where the boys are chasing Lucas out of the locker room near the football field on north side of Glenbard West, was actually the Autos shop area of school. Glen theater is still there. [Thanks to Kathy]
The Glen Theatre, 540 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn was used for the Movie theater scene. [Thanks to Tony Rivas] The street on which the "Glen" is located--Crescent Blvd-- is actually one-way going east, but for the exterior shots of the theatre, the crew had traffic travelling in both directions. [Thanks to Ken Sumka]
Michael's Chicago Style Hot Dogs - 1879 2nd St., Highland Park, IL. [Thanks to Dan Mack]
Dan Mack wrote in to say that "the railroad underpass where Lucas tries to kiss Maggie (his treasured find!) was Rte. 59 (Neltnor Ave.) between Hillview Ave. and Blair St., West Chicago, IL. Someone had actually scratched "Lucas" into the paint. He also never found the location used for The concert in the park, but the sewer cap said 'Deer Park.' However, Bruce Hayer wrote in to say that Deer Park is located in unincorporated Lake County, IL, north of Palatine, IL.
The outdoor concert scene was filmed near Dysche (now Ryan Field) Stadium on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. I don't recall exactly where we were, but we used the stadium's parking lot. I worked for the firm that handled paid extras, and had to call all the actors and let them know where to park. That night we shot was actually the final full (maybe truly final night) of shooting, it was an overnight (7pm - 7am) shoot and the crew (most of us) dressed up formal too! [Thanks to Julia]
This is unconfirmed, but I think I found the large house that Lucas claimed was his. It struck me as I drove in the neighborhood because it looked so familiar. This house is on Waverly St. in Highland Park, IL. [Thanks to Alschra]
The tennis scene in which Lucas first sees Maggie was shot in Lake Ellyn Park adjacent to Lake Ellyn which is also a block away from Glenbard West. Later tennis scenes were shot across the street from Glenbard West.
The scene where Rena finds Lucas in his tux outside the dance is at Lake Ellyn, the Lake Ellyn Boathouse served as the locale for the dance. While too small for an actual dance, the Boathouse was a nice scenic choice. [Thanks to Ken Sumka]
The hospital scene toward the end of the movie was filmed in a closed down seminary. The seminary was called Mary Knoll and was located at the intersection of Rt 38 and I355 in Glen Ellyn. The building was also used to train local area police dogs for building searches. The hospital room that Lucas was in was off the main hallway and you could see the holes in the wall where they mounted the "hospital" equipment. The building has since been torn down and the property is now a park. [Thanks to Jeff Schwartz]
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LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!
Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.
We are pleased to be able to bring you a sneak peek at what LX locations will be available for Lucas upon release:
The High School
High School - Interior Scenes
The Railroad Overpass
High School - Shower / Locker Scenes
Lucas's Pretend House
The School Dance
Lucas Watches Maggie Playing Tennis
Opening Shots - Railroad Tracks
The Orchestra / Manhole
Lucas's Trailer Home
Opening Shots - Lucas Sees The Locust
The Sewer Tunnel
Please Note: The status of some entries in this preview may be wrong because they are in-progress or need updating before release.
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