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Lucas Filming Locations

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Featured Movie Location: The High School
Wanna see the real life filming location used for The High School in the movie? These scenes were actually shot at Glenbard West High School, located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. [Google Map]

Locations Manager(s): Billy Higgins, Gregg Popp

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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 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]

Can you help? Do you know any of the Illinois (or any other) filming locations used for Lucas, particularly Lucas's House, trailer park? [Please send them in]

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