This year marks the 30th anniversary of the classic teen movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the city where it is set (Chicago) has decided to throw a party for the film that showcased it so well.
In case you are one of the five people in the world who has still not seen this incredible example of the optimism and arrogance of youth, we'll give you a quick breakdown.
Ferris Bueller is a high school senior who just wants to play hooky and cause mayhem. As a last hurrah before heading away to college, Beuller (Matthew Broderick), girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sarah) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) manage to give their parents the slip and spend the day together. Ferris's sister and their principle, meanwhile, are less easy to convince, and are determined to catch them skipping school just to have fun.
The three wander through Chicago, taking in the sights, having fun, and getting into low-level mischief as they con a maitre d' into letting them dine at an upscale restaurant. The only real trouble they get in is actually the result of the people around them behaving badly, or trying to catch them behaving badly, which is a phenomenal twist. No spoilers here, but the film is hilarious and uplifting, wrapped around a perfect little coming-of-age core.
Chicago isn't simply background for the story, either. Ferris and his friends' day out takes them through most of Chicago's most famous landmarks: Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Von Stueben Day Parade. It's an incredible advertisement for the city, so it's not a huge surprise that they are planning to capitalize on the anniversary.
The 'Ferris Fest' will include a screening of the film (of course) with a special Q&A afterwords with stars of the film. Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (Mr & Mrs Bueller) and Jonathon Schmock (the Maitre d') will be there as guests. As well as the screening, there will be a two-day, two-part tour of locations from the film, from the big names to some of the lesser-known vantage points. Two more John Hughes films (The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles) will also have spots on the tour. There's even a 360 degree recreation of Ferris's room that you can see! The weekend wraps up with a re-creation of the famous parade scene, which is sure to have everyone singing Twist and Shout.
For fans of the film (or just the city!), it's bound to be an incredible weekend, even if the realization that Ferris Bueller is thirty will undoubtedly lead to hundreds of people claiming to feel old.
For more info (and to buy tickets), check out the Ferris Fest website.