Filmed In (or Around) Elgin

This fascinating tour visits the locations of major motion pictures filmed in the Northern Fox River Valley. Explore the locations of The Ice Harvest, Road to Perdition, Hoffa, Nightmare on Elm Street, Contagion, Ground Hog Day and more. Combine film trivia with fine dining for a tour that will delight film fans.

Please contact the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to check on availability and rates for your group.

Day One

Upon arrival into the area, our first tour of film locations will include trips to Carpentersville and East & West Dundee, Illinois. Here we will visit the locations of major motion pictures filmed in these cities, as well as see the scene of these film on your motorcoach TV’s.

Our first visit is to the location of a scene in the film The Ice Harvest (directed by Harold Ramis and starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton), Joshua (directed by Jon Purdy and starring F. Murray Abraham and Tony Goldwyn) and Road To Perdition (directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig).

Dinner tonight will be at a location that belongs in the movies, the Anvil Club, located in historic East Dundee. Established in 1956, The Anvil Club is Chicago’s Premier Private Dining Club, renowned for great steaks & seafood and unsurpassed service. You must contact the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for special day passes into this exclusive dining experience. A special tour of the history of the club can also be arranged.

Day Two

Breakfast this morning is at The Baker Hill Pancake House. With good nutrition in mind, Baker Hill uses only the highest quality of fresh dairy products and meats for delicious home-cooked breakfasts.

Our visits today will focus on just the Elgin area. Starting off, we will visit the location for a relatively unknown film called Four Friends (which was directed by the world-renowned director Arthur Penn and starred Jim Metzler).

Our next stop might be a bit more familiar to you when we visit the location for a scene in the movie Hoffa (directed by Danny DeVito and starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante and John C. Reilly).

The next visit is to the location for the film Dennis the Menace (directed by Nick Castle and starring Walter Matthau, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Joan Plowright).

A scary visit to the Bluff city cemetery is where we will see the location for the 2010 remake of Nightmare on Elm Street (directed by Samuel Bayer and starring Jackie Earle Haley and Kellan Lutz).

Fans of Richard Gere films will enjoy our trip to the location of Primal Fear (directed by Gregory Hoblit and starring Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand and Terry O’Quinn).

Lunch today will be at Porter’s Pub, a casual, cozy English-Style restaurant and bar located at Bowes Creek country Club. Offering the traditional English favorites that would impress even the Queen!

We finish this afternoon’s tours of film locations in the Elgin Area by visiting the sets of three very special films.

Our first is to the location of the 2011 film Contagion (directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne).

Next is trip to various locations for the unique “mumblecore” film Dark Before Dawn (directed by Gwydhar Gebien and starring Amy Karen).

Our last stop in Elgin will be to multiple sets of the short film Recalculating (also directed by Gwydhar Gebien and starring Ron Dean and Katy Sullivan). And if you‘re lucky, you might just have a special visit from one of the actors featured in those films!

Recalculating was filmed in both Elgin and Hampshire, so while we’re visiting the location in Hampshire, we will also stop by the location for the film Dutch (directed by Peter Faiman and starring Ed O’Neill, JoBeth Williams and Ethan Embry).

Upon returning to Elgin, we will enjoy dinner in a location that could be taken straight out of Ocean’s Eleven where you will delight in fine dining at its very best at the award-winning Buckinghams Steakhouse and Lounge, located in the Grand Victoria Casino.

Day Three

This morning, after enjoying a delicious breakfast at Alexander’s Restaurant, our tour concludes with visits to the north with a stop in Union, Illinois, where the cameras rolled on A League of Their Own (directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, Geena David, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna).

And finally, no trip to film locations in the area would be complete without a trip to Woodstock, where we will see where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day (directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott).

Lunch is on your own in Woodstock.