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Wanna see the real life filming location used for The High School in the movie?

These scenes were actually shot at New Trier West High School, located in Northfield, Illinois. Google Map

My brother was an extra in the movie Uncle Buck, but his scene was cut. Most of the interior house scenes and the scenes dropping the daughter off at school were filmed at New Trier West High School in Northfield, Illinois.

The interior house sets were built inside the schools large gymnasium. Uncle Buck swinging the golf club shooting at ball at Bug was on the NTW campus too in a round school bus turn-around. If you watch the car with the family inside approach the school you can see the student parking lot was essentially empty.

This location was used because the campus was sitting empty for years, just like the school where The Breakfast Club was filmed not too far away in Glenview, Illlinois (now a state police office building). [Thanks to G. Stoddard]

New Trier West was since reinstated during the 2001-2002 school year.

Uncle Buck's house is located at 2602 Lincoln Street, Evanston, Ill. [Thanks to Dylan Tyler]

The scene where Buck picks up the daughter is in the Skokie Lagoons forest preseve area -- the only large roofed structure along Forestway Drive in the Winnetka area of the preserve. [Thanks to Steve]

Mazie's school scenes were shot at Ramona Elementary School in Wilmette. [Thanks to Robyn]

The indoors of the bowling alley scene were filmed in Cicero, IL at the Windy City Bowling Association on the corner of 21st St. and Cicero Ave. This bowling alley is infamously known as the location of Mickey's Place which was an Al Capone hangout. It is now a parking lot. I grew up looking at the backside of WCBA from my front windows! [Thanks to Jimmy]

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