Movie-themed walks in Chicago

Chicago's neighborhoods and 'burbs are packed with character (and characters), so it's no surprise they've earned starring roles in so many Hollywood flicks, from the Magnificent Mile's romcom-ready charms to the geeked-out teen angst of John Hughes's North Shore. Retrace the steps of the stars and relive your favorite scenes on these seven action-packed strolls, with plenty of stops to take five and refuel your movie mojo.

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Mini walk: Uptown gangster tour

Take a quick tour of silver-screen haunts from Public Enemies and Thief.

Teen angst walk: Northbrook

Head to the north suburbs for a tour of John Hughes territory.

Mini walk: High Fidelity tour

John Cusack put a Windy City stamp on the 2000 film adaptation of the lovelorn Nick Hornby novel.

Gangland walk: South Loop

The South Loop has long offered a haven to both gangsters and gangster movies.

Action walk: Downtown

Scenes and trivia about your favorite action films—from the Blues Brothers to Transformers 3.

Sports walk: Lakeview/Wrigleyville

The Wrigleyville tavern where John Goodman embedded himself with Cubs groundskeepers and more

Romantic comedy walk: Mag Mile/Gold Coast

The bustle of the Mag Mile and the charms of Old Town and the Gold Coast have made perfect settings for loads of rom coms



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